Transforming Agriculture for a Food Secure Future

Eliminating hunger and undernutrition is key to ending extreme poverty.
Mar. 7 2016

8:00 - 10:45

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Auditorium 4th floor

Ruseløkkveien 26, 0251 Oslo

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The El Niño is a reminder of the consequences of climate change and the need for more climate resilient production systems and societies. According to IFPRI, eliminating hunger and undernutrition is key to ending extreme poverty. Doing so will pave the way for achieving multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - the anchor of the post-2015 agenda.

The consequences of non-action go beyond the human suffering. It affects the development potential and social fabric of the country, often with regional implications.

Of the 14.4 million refugees recorded by the end of 2014 globally, developing countries hosted 86 percent. The Least Developed Countries alone hosted 3.6 million refugees. This is in addition to the 26.4 million internally displaced people around the world (2011).

Climate change and lack of food security is already contributing to migration and social upheaval that challenge the stability of political regimes. What is the role of agriculture and food – nutrition security in contributing to national development efforts and local and global stability?


09:00 Opening

  • Jon Lomøy, Director General, Norad
  • Tone Skogen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

09:25 Presentations 

  • Key achievements and challenges in food security. Shenggen Fan, Director IFPRI
  • CAADP – new visions from AU Malabo declaration. Ms. Bongiwe N Njobe, representing NEPAD,
  • Climate change, food and migration. Bruce Campbell, director CGIAR/CCAFS
  • African research for agricultural development and food security – priorities Emmanuel Tambi FARA

10:40 Panel 

  • Ishmael Sunga (SACAU)
  • Kristin Iansen (Norwegian Farmer’s Union)
  • Shenggen Fan (IFPRI)
  • GROW* represented by Knut Andreas O. Lid, Caritas
  • Inge Herman Rydland (Ministry Foreign Affairs)
  • Bongiwe N. Njobe (NEPAD)

11:30 Summing up 

  • Concluding remarks, Norad

GROW is a collaboration between: Care, Caritasthe Norwegian Mission Societythe Royal Norwegian Society for DevelopmentNorwegian People's Aid and The Development Fund. GROW aims to improve food security for 2 million African smallholders by 2025 using climate smart agriculture, increased market access and investment in nutrition.