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3-6 December 2017.  Cape Town, South Africa. The 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security in association with the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security and the Universities of Pretoria and the Western Cape, brought together leaders from industry and academia to exchange and share their experiences, present research results, explore collaborations, and to spark new ideas, with the aim of developing new projects and exploiting new technology for food security.

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The five core conference themes reflect an integrated approach to identifying solutions to the complex global challenge of food security:

  1. Food creation
  2. Food safety and bio security
  3. Food loss and waste
  4. Food in a changing society
  5. Prof Julian May, director 
    of @FoodSecurity_za,
    closes the Conference 

    by announcing
    the launch of the UNESCO 

    Chair in African Food Systems
  6. Food utilization

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Extracts of the programme:
3 December
Australia Africa Universities Network Meeting

  • F. Swanepoel, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 
  • J. Hearn, Member of Advisory Group on Australia Africa Relations, Australia
  • Chair: Prof Wolfgang Bokelmann Division Economics of Horticultural Production, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany 
  • M. Krawinkel, Justus-Liebig-University, Germany
  • E. Mitcham, University of California Davis, USA
  • W. Oluoch-Kosura, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • S. Stöber, S. Huyskens-Keil, Humboldt University, Germany
  • E. Gogo, Egerton University Kenya, Kenya
  • M. Abukutsa, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

What strategies work for food and nutritional security and gender equality in agriculture research and development ?

  • Chair: Professor Alice Pell Cornell University, USA
  • S. Cole World Fish, Sierra Leone
  • M. Miruka CARE, USA
  • J. Njuki International Development Research Centre, Kenya
  • M. Mentz University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • S. Ndema Mwamakamba Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network, South Africa (FANRPAN)

Small farms and their contribution to sustainable food and nutritional security: A transdisciplinary analysis of food systems in European and African regions

Chair: Prof Karlheinz W Knickel Universidade de Évora, Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais Mediterrânicas (ICAAM), Portugal

  • M. Nganwani Tia, Savannah Young Farmers Network (SavaNet), Ghana
  • Q. Naidoo AfriGrow NPC, South Africa
  • M.R. Méndez, Universidade de Évora, Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais Mediterrânicas (ICAAM), Portugal
  • M. Redman, James Hutton Institute (JHI), UK
  • Vlachopoulou, Consulting S.R.L .Romania
  • R.W. Nartey Yeboah, University for Development Studies (UDS), Ghana

Agro-biodiversity for dietary diversification with traditional African fruits and vegetables for improved health and nutrition

Science of scaling: connecting the pathways of agricultural research and development to improve rural livelihoods

Sustainable agricultural intensification: How to make it happen in Africa

Foresight for decision-making on food security in Africa

4 December

5 December

What agriculture is needed for sustainable food systems?, Dr Hans Herren, IPES-Food
The Swaminathan Lecture series aims at promoting the work of a senior researcher that has devoted his life and his career to working on agriculture and food issues and over the course of their career have come to work on sustainable food systems, showing an open mind to new dimensions of the subject.

  • Chair: Dr Emile Frison, Chair of the International Scientific Committee of the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso 
  • What agriculture is needed for sustainable food systems? H. Herren, Biovision Foundation, Switzerland

Youth inclusion, Dr Alemayehu Konde Koira, MasterCard Foundation, Canada

Rethinking public policies for food security: Moving from sectorial to territorial approaches, Dr Bruno Losch, University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and CIRAD, France

Food creation agricultural productivity and livestock

6 December


Closing plenary: Food in the future

High level panel of experts provided their insights on the future of food in the world, incorporating the insights shared over the course of the conference. A moderator will provide commentary on the synergies at the 3rd IGFSC and other global conferences.

  • Professor Molly Jahn, Professor, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Dr Lindiwe Majele, Vice-President Country Support, Policy and Delivery, AGRA, Kenya
  • Dr Dorine Odongo, Senior Communications Manager, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), Kenya
  • Chair: Bongiwe Njobe, Chairperson, Global Forum Agricultural Research (GFAR)
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