The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in conjunction with the African Union Commission United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa is organizing an international conference under the theme “Increasing Agricultural Productivity and Enhancing Food Security in Africa: New Challenges and Opportunities.”

Date: November 1–3, 2011.

Location: Africa Hall, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA),

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


This conference aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences and innovations on improving agricultural productivity for achieving food security in Africa to: (I) showcase research results on the trend, determinants, constraints, and opportunities for improving agricultural productivity in Africa within the framework of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), national agricultural and rural development strategies and investment plans; (II) to identify areas for policy actions, further research, and innovations towards enhancing food security, and reducing rural poverty in the continent  and (III) to stress the fact that the objectives (I) and (II) can never be achieved without appropriate communications and state-of-the art communications strategies.

Conference Sub-themes

- Science, technology, and innovation in agriculture
- Rural service provision and access to factors and inputs for production
- Food reserves, markets, trade, and regional integration
- Investments, institutions, and policies for supporting agriculture
- Agriculture, nutrition, and health linkages
- Agriculture and climate change mitigation and adaptation
- Capacity development for agriculture through education and training
- Role of agriculture and the rural nonfarm sector in economic growth and national poverty reduction
- Regional value-chains development as a pathway for increased agricultural productivity

The conference will comprise plenary and parallel presentations and discussions of papers and moderated panel discussions of specific issues. There will be a synopsis report and policy briefs on key issues raised and policy solutions suggested by presenters and discussants. Following that, full papers will be developed as chapters of an edited book on “Strategies to Increase Agricultural Productivity in Africa for Enhancing Food and Nutrition Security and Rural Incomes.” Representatives of regional, national, and international organizations, and individuals, including farmers, farmer and trader organization representatives, researchers, policymakers, academics, and members of the private sector will be participate in this conference.

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