Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Friday, March 1, 2024

Webinars March

  • Digital Agri Hub is launching a new e-mail-based conversation.
  • GCA, the Global Center on Adaptation , an international organization operating as a solution broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, is launching its Food Security Program in Africa, to support mainstreaming of digital climate advisory services ( DCAS ) and adaptation solutions into agriculture and food security investments . 
  • DCAS is seen as a potential game changer for smallholder farmers, giving them access to information and a variety of services .
  • For the first time, all key players in agrofood research and innovation from the public and private sector in North Africa are gathered to exchange experience and design potential joint programs to address the challenges of the region .
  • North Africa DCAS hybrid training event is co-hosted by GCA, IFAD, AFDB, with the participation of WB and ISDB
  • Related: 25 – 26 April 2024, 8:00 GMT+1. Digital Climate Advisory Services Training to Support Climate Resilience for Smallholder Agriculture in Central Africa
4-5 March 2024. Mastering Erasmus+ proposal development: from project concept to winning proposal.  2-day online training course by European Academy: Course payment and reservation in advance

5 March 2024.2-3pm CET.  Beneath the surface: exploring best practices for soil regeneration and carbon farming - hosted in partnership with Bayer Crop Science.

5 - 6 March 2024 AFMASS Ethiopia Food Expo co-located with Africa Food Safety Summit – Eastern Africa

5 - 6 March 2024. Washington. Powering Africa Summit, finance for the energy transition.

  • Launch of the Water Footprint Tool and Guidance document, featuring step-by-step instructions on its utilization. 
  • Gain insights directly from Winnow an AI-based company actively involved in reducing Food Loss and Waste (FLW) in the UAE
  • Speakers: Seta Tutundjian سيتا توتنجيان, CEO and founder, Thriving Solutions, Rachel Devine, Senior Analyst, WRAPDavid Jackson, Director of Marketing & Public Affairs, Winnow, And a pre-record from City, University of London
  • Previous webinar recording 22/02: Champions 12.3, a regional network that brings together public, private, and civil society organizations working across the Middle East and North Africa on food loss and waste (learn about joining the multi-stakeholder network and calculating Carbon Footprint it)
7 March 2024 - 1:00 TO 2:30pm BST/9:00 TO 10:30AM EST. Global Food 50/50 Launch Event
Co-organized by Global Health 50/50, IFPRI, and UN Women

  • The Theme of the event is “Reflecting on the Malabo Declaration and Outlining the new (Post Malabo) Agenda to Build Momentum, Re-invigorate and Consolidate the Gains on CAADP, and respond to Emerging Trends and Dynamics”.
  • The official launch of the fourth BR report is in line with efforts to increase awareness and advocacy and to commence the necessary dialogues on the findings of the report to enhance ownership and action at national, regional and continental levels. The Post-Malabo agenda roadmap outlines the objectives, process, expectations and timelines for discussion.
8 March 2023, at 3 PM WAT, The Future of Food is Inclusive: African Women At The Forefront Of Agriculture by African Food Changemakers

8 March 2024. Climate Finance Forum  - Cape Town by RES4Africa Foundation together with Nedbank CIB and the European Investment Bank

8 March 2024, 12 March 2024 and 20 March 2024 Celebrating Women in Organic Agriculture webinars: 3-part webinar series. 

8 March 2024, 14:00 CET Youth Adaptation Forum on Young Women Leadership 

11–13 March 2024. Leuven, Belgium. Open Food Conference
  • For three days, international and national stakeholders will reflect in Leuven on the challenges and prospects of a sustainable food system. 
  • The aim is to create synergies between science, policy and practice. Scientists, policy-makers, civil society and industry will participate and co-organise, more than 20 thematic sessions
11–15 March 2024, Livingstone, Zambia. Global EverGreening Alliance | Accelerating Nature-based Solutions

11 March, 2024, in Lusaka, Zambia. Official launch event of the Agdive 2024 program 
  • Agdrive is an acceleration and investment platform focused on unlocking innovation and investment in Africa’s agro-processing, agritech, and digital agriculture sector. 
  • AgDrive is a 12 month innovation and investing ecosystem focused on innovative early stage and growth oriented early stage and growth oriented small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the agro processing, agritech, and digital sectors. 
  • For inquiries regarding pre­ registration , sponsorship opportunity and more, please contact:
  • Phone: +260 961 888 009 I +260 971 796 889 Email:
  • Through a multi-initiative strategy , the Agdrive 2024 program comprises three key components :
    • Agdrive Xplo Southern Africa Investment and Trade Mission (21st - 26th July, 2024): Bringing together participants from COMESA , SADC, Brazil, China, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States .

    • Agdrive Food and Agritech Investment Summit (24th - 25th July, 2024): The summit will run parallel to the trade mission offering a prime opportunity for stakeholders to engage , collaborate , and explore the latest trends in the agribusiness sector.

    • A two-part initiative providing crucial advisory and support services , strategically scheduled before and after the trade mission. November 2024): - June 2024, August - Advisory and Technical Assistance (April - Agdrive Plus
  • To inaugurate the 2024 webinar series, this webinar is aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of how the community operates and how various stakeholders such as companies, governments, sector groups, and NGOs are addressing the challenge of achieving a Living Income.
  • Bioeconomy Changemakers Festival in Brussels at our high-level event and at more than 30 satellite events across Europe.
  • VACS was launched in February 2023, in partnership with the African Union, FAO, and U.S. Department of State, with the goal of advancing more climate-resilient and nutritious food systems in Africa. A team of researchers from AgMIP, based at the Climate School, participate in VACS, conducting research to better understand how African opportunity crops can be used to address the challenges that African food systems face under climate change.
  • Why and how did nutritionists, plant breeders, climate modelers, soil scientists, economists – 60 global experts – decide on these crops.
  • 40-years journey through the Research and Innovation Framework Programmes. Check the programme​ here!
  • 20/03 17h:50 – 18:20 The AU-EU Innovation Agenda A Forward-looking Cooperation for the Africa-Europe Partnership
  • 20/03 17h:50 – 18:20 Evolution of Association of Third Countries to EU Research & Innovation Framework Programmes
  • 21/03 11:40 – 12:10 Innovation Ecosystems for Bioeconomy and Food Systems 
18 - 21 March 2024. Training on breeding data management with BreedBase Lima, Peru

  • FAO, Biovision, the Food Policy forum for Change and the Agroecology Coalition
  •  Get inspired by learnings from Eastern and Southern Africa summarised in the outcome brief “National Agroecology Strategies in Eastern and Southern Africa: Lighthouses for food system transformation” which will be launched during the event and followed by an insightful discussion with policy makers and shapers from the region, as well as international experts.
19–20 March 2024. Montpellier. The Montpellier Process: Pooling Collective Intelligence
  • The event will gather 200-300 selected individuals from scientific and policy domains, focusing on intentional, diverse representation. It seeks to identify and agree on a joint roadmap Details
  • The Blue Bioeconomy ERA-Net Cofund will organise a Final meeting in Brussels to mark the end of the ERA-Net. The event will gather science-policy professionals and research and innovation funders to discuss R&I project portfolio management, using a Value Chain Approach and creating synergies among projects. 
  • BlueBio funding partners, policy officers from The European Commission, representatives from relevant HE Partnerships and other institutions will be invited to join the one-day event in Brussels.
19 - 24 March 2024. VIII Global Conference Family Farming: Sustainability of Our Planet

20 March 2024. 9:30 – 4:30 CAT Central Africa Time (UTC/GMT+2) Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Legume Systems Research , Southern Africa Convening
  • This virtual event will bring together legume value chain stakeholders from across the region with a special emphasis on Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia
  • The focal crops are common bean and cowpea.
  • The European Commission’s annual flagship research and innovation event brings together policymakers, researchers, stakeholders, and the public to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond through key policy debates, funding and networking opportunities, and dedicated workshops.
21 March 2024. 13:00-18.00 (UTC +1) How innovation is driving change in forestry  by FAO
21 March 2024. 10:00 to 11:30 (UTC+03:00). EU-EAC MARKUP II Online workshop on EU Deforestation-free Regulation (EUDR)
  • The workshop aims to shed light on the main components of EUDR, its origin, and the context of the EU Green Deal, discuss the main- elements of EUDR implementation and the core concepts, among which “Benchmarking”, “Due Diligence Obligations”, “Geolocation of all plots of land”. 
  • Participants in the workshop will include policymakers, the private sector, and experts and will be invited to share best practices and insights on how to achieve deforestation-free global value chains and meet the requirements of the EU market.
  • This Knowledge Agenda has been developed as part of the FNS-REPRO Learning Agenda by the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) with knowledge partners across the Horn of Africa. 
  • It is based on the framework provided by the Agenda Knowledge for Development which outlines the knowledge necessary to attain the Sustainable Development Goals with 12 Knowledge for Development Goals and 130 personal statements. 
  • The proposed Knowledge Agenda for building food systems resilience for protracted food crises in the Horn of Africa is also based on academic and other literatures on knowledge management and food systems resilience in protracted crises.
  • This hybrid consultation is bringing together key stakeholders to further develop and validate this Knowledge Agenda. 
  • Stakeholders: experts and community representatives from the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia/Somaliland), those interested in food systems transformation/resilience in protracted crisis, and experts in knowledge management for development. 
  • For those attending the event online, the ForumforAg Annual Conference will be streamed live on March 26th, from 9:15 CET to 17:00 CET, accessible through the ForumforAg Website. To virtually attend the event, simply click on this link on the day and time of the event.

26 March 2024. 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM GMT. Agricultural Data Infrastructures as Key Enablers
26 March 2024. 10:00AM EAT via MS Teams How EAC SMEs can reap the advantages of AfCFTA 

  • Chaired by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, the launch event is the premier drum beat and kick start event towards the Africa Food Systems Forum 2024, that will be held from September 2-6, 2024, in Kigali Rwanda.
Agritech West Africa Exhibition

27 March 2024. 14.00 – 15.30 CET. Overcoming barriers to building the circular bioeconomy
  • FAO, RUAF and the CGIAR Initiative on Resilient Cities 
  • Multi-stakeholder platforms for promoting innovations in the circular bioeconomy: Dzifa Agbefu, CBE Innovation Hub Coordinator, IWMI Ghana
  • Patrick Muiruri, Food Systems Officer, Nairobi City County, Kenya
27 March 2024.  10:00-12:00 CEST Webinar – Scaling DeSIRA – Strategies and policy 
27 March 2024.  16:00-18:00 CEST Webinaire – Passer DeSIRA à l’échelle
  • This webinar is the second of the series on how the innovations processes promoted by DeSIRA projects and their organizations, can or should be brough to scale. It targets projects that are coming to an end as well as those that need to start building their exit strategy as part of their theory of change.
  • The aim is to review the imbrication of DeSIRA projects (especially multi-country projects) into national, and international regional dynamics. The nature of relationships between DeSIRA projects, national and regional innovation strategies, the interaction with organizations in support of Research and Innovation or extension services and whether these can provide conditions for innovation trajectories to be pursued, building on action and results achieved by DeSIRA projects.
  • The webinar will help identify regional innovation agendas or policies that can support the scaling and sustainability or DeSIRA Innovations and how DeSIRA projects should seek to interface with these agendas.
  • Co-organized by IFPRI, CGIAR, and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
27 March 2024. Soil health Africa 
  • hosted by the CGIAR Research Initiatives on National Policies and Strategies (NPS) and Excellence in Agronomy (EiA).

27 March 2024. 6pm UK. Ecosystem restoration / The Flourishing Path by John D. Liu.

  • Partners such as GIZ, FSD-Kenya, African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, AGRA, National Research Fund, International Food Policy Research Institute, Tegemeo Institute, Association of Fintechs in Kenya, AGRA, Association of Microfinance Institutions of Kenya, Fertilizer Association of Kenya, Apollo Agriculture, Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives, SNBX Capital, will contribute to this conference and transformation of the Agricultural sector in Kenya.
  • See the program
28 March 2024. 14:00 CET. Session two of the ‘Backing the Middle’ series 
  • This session will host a discussion with donors to discuss where concessional capital is best utilized in the agri-SME finance market.
  • Register Now
  • Session 1 Highlights

29 March 2024. Brussels Africa Political Outlook 2024
  • Panel #1 Autopsy of the Global Gateway: dynamics in relations between the EU and Africa
  • Panel #2 Resurgence of coups in Africa: rethinking, reinventing and rebuilding democracies
  • Panel #3 Investing in Africa: the AfCFTA, the diaspora and impact investment as new catalysts for emergence
  • Panel #4 Building on our commons: the potential of entrepreneurial innovation, civil society and territorial dialogue
  • Panel #5 Impact of the 2024 European elections on EU-Africa relations
29 March 2024 | 9.30-14.00 (CET). International Year of Millets Closing Event
4 April 2024 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Nairobi Time). Implications of the EU Proposed Regulation on the Production and Marketing of Plant Reproductive Materials(PRM) on Africa’s Food System
  • Agriculture plays a key role in supporting livelihoods and national economies in Africa. Given Africa’s close ties with Europe in trade and development, the developments in Europe regarding the proposed regulations on Plant Reproductive Materials are of significant concern due to their potentially far-reaching impacts.
  • Against this background, the PELUM Association in partnership with the African Organic Agriculture Network (AfroNet ), Broederlijk Dalen, and Bread for the World (BfW) organises this webinar
  • Meeting ID: 843 1551 0234 Passcode: 830054

9-12 April 2024 | Leuven, Belgium. 5th Global Food Security Conference. Towards equitable, sustainable and resilient food systems
  • Building on the momentum from the UN Food System Summit and recognizing that the 2030 target year of the Sustainable Development Goals is on the horizon, this 5th Global Food Security Conference will bring together science, business and policy to address this need.

10 - 12 April 2024. EU-Zambian Business Forum: Value addition in the copper sector

  • Join the Critical Research on Industrial Livestock Systems (CRILS) Network for an evening of talks and a discussion on the state of industrial animal agriculture in the context of intersecting crises.

16 April 2024. 15-16:30 CET (UTC+1). Harnessing AI for Digital Extension Services 
  • Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services in partnership with SAAI, FANRPAN and AiFarmer
  • Discover how advancements in artificial intelligence are revolutionizing digitalization efforts within the agricultural sector, unlocking new opportunities for enhanced advisory services and knowledge dissemination. Gain valuable insights into leveraging AI technologies for sustainable agricultural development and improved livelihoods.
18 April 2024. Two influential voices in ecosystem restoration: Andrew Millison and John D. Liu.

18 - 20 April 2024. 33rd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC33)
(Morocco), Hybrid Event

23-25 April 2024, Dakar, Senegal  International Conference on Sustainable Intensification of Soils and Agroecosystems

  • This conference will explore opportunities in circular food production, renewable energy, and sustainable agro-logistics, asking how the private sector, both Dutch and African, can contribute to a sustainable and inclusive future for the continent.
24 April 2024. Innovations Session n°18: Innovations in packaging: opportunities for African entrepreneurs and SMEs

25th April 2024 | 14:00 BST (UK time). Webinar | Gender-focused Living Income Interventions | Hosted by LICoP 

25 April 2024. TP Organics Soil health and global food security: Research & innovation for productive and sustainable agriculture
  • The event will feature presentations and discussions on practical approaches to integrating biological inputs into farming practices, drawing insights from experiences in both the European Union and Africa.
25-26 April 2024, 8:00 GMT+1 Digital Climate Advisory Services Training to Support Climate Resilience for Smallholder Agriculture in Central Africa

7 -10 MAY 2024. Abuja, Nigeria. Open Source in Energy Access Symposium

27-31 May 2024 WSIS+20 Forum High-Level Event Geneva

28 – 30 May 2024. ICTforAg 2024

2 - 3 June 2024. Exploring Intersections: Decolonization, Diasporas and the African Food System
  • This hybrid conference is an initiative of the Food Bridge vzw in partnership with Diaspofood ULB, Africa Museum Tervuren, Interdisciplinary Historical Food Studies Research Group (FOST) VUB, The New Global Order (TNGO), Alefa Diaspora and others.
  • The conference seeks to unravel the historical, cultural, and socio-economic dynamics that shaped the
  • current state of African food systems and its impact on the continent’s development. Furthermore, it will be considering the effects of colonization, the experiences of diasporic communities, and the potential for decolonization to reshape the African food systems.
  • Abstracts should be in .doc or pdf format and sent to
3–13 June 2024, Bonn, Germany UNFCCC | Bonn Climate Change Conference SB60

6 June 2024, Bonn, Germany, and online. GLF & CIFOR-ICRAF | GLF Peatlands: Building Bridges, Sharing Success

10 June 2024. Nairobi, Kenya Africa Future Food Summit

12 - 14 June 2024. Nairobi, Kenya AFMASS Food Expo Eastern Africa co-located with Dairy Manufacturing Africa Expo

17 to 20 June 2024. ANH2024 (Online) Learning Labs
  • The 9th annual Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health (ANH) Academy Week

23 June 2024. IUFRO World Congress 2024 - Forests and Society Towards 2050, Stockholm, Sweden

24 June 2024. SUN Movement Global Gathering 2024
  • The SUN Movement Global Gathering is the Movement’s flagship event and one of the largest international gatherings within the nutrition community.
24-26 June, 2024. COMPIE 2024 conference
  • Developments in the theory and the applications of counterfactual methods for policy impact evaluation. Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • The aim of COMPIE is to bring together practitioners and academics to discuss developments in the theory and the applications of counterfactual methods for policy impact evaluation. Applications can cover a broad range of interventions, from labor and social policy to regulation and funding programmes, ideally with a focus on EU policies or developing countries.
  • Paper submissions: January 1, 2024 to 28 February, 2024.
23–29 June 2024, Stockholm, Sweden. IUFRO | 26th World Congress

1–5 July, 2024. CGIAR Science Week, Nairobi.
  • Drawing on CGIAR science and partnerships from around the world, the inaugural CGIAR Science Week will bring together the community working for a food, nutrition and climate secure future to: co-create a roadmap for food, land and water systems transformation, forge partnerships for action, build the case for investment, inspire change.

3 July 2024 4th Life Cycle Innovation Conference | LCIC 2024

3 - 4 July 2024. Kenya, Kwale County. BlueInvest Africa 2024
  • BlueInvest Africa is an important business event, initiated by the European Commission in 2022.
  • The objective of BlueInvest Africa is to facilitate meetings between African entrepreneurs seeking financing and international investors scouting for opportunities, all centred around projects capable of propelling Africa's blue economy forward.
8 - 17 July 2024. High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2024

29 - 31 July 2024. Kigali, Rwanda. 2nd Science & Partnerships for Agriculture Conference (SPAC 2024) 

2–7 August 2024. Transformation Towards Sustainable Agri-Food Systems, 32nd International Conference of Agricultural Economists
  • 02/08 Assessing the impacts of international agricultural research: New methods, rigorous evidence, better decisions [SPIA Fest 2024] - CGIAR Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA)
  • 02/08 Regional integration, sustainability and food security in South Asia
  • 02/08 The bioeconomy and sustainable development
  • 02/08 Transforming food systems in South Asia - IFPRI
  • 02/08 Transdisciplinary approaches in agri-food systems transformation research- IFPRI, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, ICARDA
  • 02/08 Facilitating the rapid, Inclusive and sustainable rural transformation in Asian developing countries
  • 04/08 Plenary 3: Healthy and Sustainable Diets and Nutrition
  • 04/08 Plenary 4: Agri-Food Value Chains and Sustainability
  • 05/08 Plenary 5: Gender in Agri-Food Systems
  • 06/08 Plenary 6: Agri-Food Systems, Climate, and the Environment
  • 06/08 Plenary 7: Novel Approaches in Agri-Food Systems Research
  • Selection of Invited Panel sessions that will be held at the conference. For session details and timing, please consult the conference program app (available from July 2024).
    • Science Policy Interface for Sustainable Food Systems (organizer: Hans-Jörg Lutzeyer, Peter Wehrheim) (speakers: Justus Wesseler, Shenggen Fan, Jill McCluskey, Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann, Joachim von Braun)
    • Toward Sustainable Food Systems Transformation in Africa (organizer: Ousmane Badiane, Tsitsi Makombe)  (speakers: Sheryl Hendriks, Anna Lartey, John Ulimwengu, Getaw Tadesse, Julius Ecuru, Katrin Glatzel, Racine Ly)
    • Nourishing Growth: How Public Spending Decisions are Shaping Agricultural Transformation and Food Security in India and Africa (organizer:  Ashok Gulati, Joachim von Braun) (speakers: Shyma Jose, Bezawit Beyene Chichaibelu, Lukas Kornher, Ousmane Badiane, Usha Barwale Zehr, Sachin Chaturvedi, Shahidur Rashid, Sheryl Hendriks
    • Strengthening the Capacities of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes in Africa (organizer: Thomas Jayne) (speakers: Nalishebo Meebelo, Lenis Saweda O. Liverpool-Tasie, Chris Barrett, Tinashe Kapuya, Milu Muyanga)
    • Urban Food Systems and Dietary Transition in Africa (organizer: Felix Asante (speakers: Jonathan Mockshell, Sylvester Ogutu, Hannah Ameye, Matin Qaim, Makaiko Khonje
    • Alternative Proteins: Challenges and Opportunities in Low- and Middle-Income Settings (organizer: Claudia Ringler) (speakers: B Dayakar Rao, Arghadeep Saha, Frans Swanepoel, Melissa van der Merwe, Holly Wang)
August 2024. AFMASS Nigeria Food Expo co-located with Africa Dairy Manufacturing Expo and Africa Food Safety Summit – Western Africa
13 August 2024. Nairobi, Kenya Africa Fresh Produce Expo co-located with Africa FarmTech Expo

2 - 6 September 2024. Kigali Rwanda. Africa Food Systems Forum 2024

8 to 12 of September 2024. Rimini, Italy. 22nd IUFoST World Congress 2024 of Food Science and Technology.

11-13 September TROPENTAG
16 -19 September 2024. 13th African Crop Science Society (ACSS) conference.
  • hosted by the Eduardo Mondlane University (EMU) in Maputo, Mozambique, 
  • under the theme, ‘Crop research and innovation for agricultural transformation, resilience and inclusion’, the Maputo meeting will also provide a platform for sharing and discussing research results that bring solutions towards enhancing agricultural development in Africa.

17 September 2024, Nairobi, Kenya, and online. GLF | GLF Africa 2024

22–23 September 2024, New York, USA. UN | Summit of the Future

7 - 11 October 2024.  The 9th Africa Nutrition Conference (ANC 2024/ANEC IX) African Nutrition Society and Ghana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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