Conference title: Changing Food Systems in Africa: Agro-ecology, Food Sovereignty and their Roles in Nutrition and Health.
Venue: Friendship Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Date: 24-26 November 2016
Organization: Organized by Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative for Africa (EOA-I), AfrONet, IFOAM – Organics International and others.
Nature of Conference: A 3-day conference on changing food systems in Africa in the context of agro-ecology and nutrition. Presentations, plenary discussions, group work sessions and seed/food fairs organized by farmers’ groups.
Purpose of the Conference: To build knowledge and generate compelling narratives around agro-ecology as a genuine and holistic alternative to industrial food systems, and to strategically engage key stakeholders, including government actors, to support alternative food systems for better health and nutrition.
Participants: The conference will bring together research and development networks, scientific experts, farmers, consumer associations, research institutions, governments, and nongovernmental organizations working at Global, Regional and National level on the linkages connecting food production, nutrition and health.
The conference will discuss on the following five thematic areas:
- Food systems (production and process) and policies: This thematic area will explore the presence or absence of food system policies in Africa, describes and assess the main existing food system policies, and propose key elements for sustainable food system policies. It will also explore the agricultural policies and their impact on our health and nutrition. Gaps in agricultural policies will be highlighted.
- Ecological organic agriculture and African agriculture challenges (climate change adaptation, biodiversity, soil health, poverty reduction etc.): Some of the questions that this thematic area will explore include: What is the significance of agroecological/ organic way of production for our health and nutrition? What are the current practices and how are they supporting or affecting our food system? What are the trends and opportunities? How does singular focus on food production affects our health and nutrition systems? What will our food system look like in the face of the changing climatic conditions?
- Seed systems and food sovereignty: This thematic area will explore the political nature of our food system. It will seek to address such questions: How will the drive towards monopoly in control of our seeds affect our food system? What is the implication of seed appropriation by the few to our health and nutrition? How is the current control of food production, storage, packaging and distribution affecting our nutrition and health? What are the current practices and trends in Africa? What can be done to reverse the trends?
- Land access and rights, knowledge and investment capital for smallholder farmers; The issues that are raised by this thematic area are related to land ownership and control and its impact on agricultural policies, food production and food sovereignty. What are the trends of landownership in Africa and how are they related to food policies? How is investment done, what is the level of investment and what is its impact on land rights and food policies. How is land control by small scale farmers related to food and nutrition?
- Food production, nutrition and health. This thematic area will explore broadly the relationship between food production, nutrition and health. It will address issues related to soil and agrobiodiversity management and their relationship to nutrition and health. It will explore the current policies and practices around agriculture in Africa and relate them to food systems, specifically nutrition and health.
Please submit abstracts to one of the thematic areas mentioned above.
Abstracts written in English or French, should be no longer than 3000 characters. The authors of the selected abstracts are invited to present their work.
The abstract submission is open till 30th of September 2016. The abstract will be reviewed by the editorial committee composed of academia and civil society. The authors will get information of the acceptance status of their abstract(s) on October 15, 2016.
Accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference Abstract Book or/and made available on the website.
The Conference Organizers will cover, partly or fully, the travel and accommodation costs of those contributors whose abstracts are accepted. If participants opt to cover the costs of their participation in the conference, this will be most welcome.
We look forward to seeing you in Addis Ababa!
Dr. Million Belay, Conference Convener, AFSA
Dr. David Amudavi, Conference Co-convener, EOA-I
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