Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

WEBINAR: When science meets policy to boost food systems transformation

7 July 2021When science meets policy to boost food systems transformation by FAO/Brussels; AFA; European Commission

Participants shared their expertise and exchange views on the importance of science for efficient
policymaking and how it can improve some of the negative economic, environmental and social externalities of food while fostering a better understanding of the synergies and potential trade-offs within and between the different dimensions of food systems. 

Experts provided their perspectives on what governance mechanisms are needed at the global, regional and country level to ensure an efficient dialogue between science and policymaking and how it can help support farmers through better access to knowledge, science, innovations, technologies and capacity building. 
  • Moderator Khalid Bomba (FAO)
  • Ismahane Elouafi Chief Scientist, FAO 
  • Patrick Child Deputy Director-General for Implementation, Impact and Sustainable Investment Strategies, EU Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD
  • Bernard Magenhann Deputy Director-General, EU Joint Research Centre JRC
  • Marjeta Jager, Deputy Director-General DG INTPA
  • Andrea Meza Minister of Environment and Innovation of Costa Rica
Panel 1:
  • Moderator: Ladislav Miko EU Convenor for the UN Food Systems Summit and EU Representative in Slovakia
  • Roberta Sonnino Professor Director of Impact and Engagement, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, Rapporteur, European Commission High-level Expert Group to assess need for an international Platform for Food Systems Science 
  • Máximo Torero Cullen Chief Economist, FAO 
  • Alan Belward, Head of Unit, Food Security, EU Joint Research Centre JRC
  • Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director FARA
  • Elizabeth Nshimadala President, Pan-African Farmers' Organization (PAFO
  • Divine Ntiokam, Director Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN)
Panel 2:
  • Pál Goda Managing Director, Research Institute of Agricultural Economics 
  • Giovanni de Santi Director for Sustainable Resources, EU Joint Research Centre 
  • Kerstin Resenow Head of Unit for Research and Innovation, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) 
  • Martin Frick Deputy to the Special Envoy for the UN Food Systems Summit 
  • Aleš Irgolič State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry of the Republic of Slovenia, Presidency of the Council of the EU (as of 1 July) 
  • Esther Penunia Secretary General of the Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development 
  • Cherrie Atilano Founding Farmer, CEO and President of AGREA Moderator 
  • Martin Hojsík Member of the European Parliament 

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