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Global Food Crises Conference

International conference organised by the Shool of Agriculture and Agriculture Technology, in Federal University of Technology (FUTO) Owerri, Imo State (Nigeria), to bring together stakeholders on agriculture and development.

Date: April 19-24, 2009
Venue: Owerri, Nigeria
For more information, please visit the website of the event.

Strategic Research, 2009 - Health, Food and Welfare

The Danish Council for Strategic Research has recently issued a call for Phase 1 applications for funding of research activities within:

- Connection between food, health, lifestyle and drug resistance
- Foods incl. biological manufacturing
- Bioresources, food and other biological products

Application deadline: April 28, 2009. For more information, please follow this link.

Food, Nutrition and Gender: Lessons learned and recommendations for future action

The seminar is organised by the Evaluation Department and the Technical Advisory Services in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the three research networks (ENRECA Health, DDRN and the Danish Water Forum) and will provide an opportunity to discuss interventions and policies to combat causes of malnutrition and make suggestions for future policy changes. 

Date: April 28, 2009 - 8:45-15:30
Venue: Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads 2 G, Copenhagen K.
For more information, please read the programme [pdf, 754 kB].

First African Organic Conference 2009: Fast tracking sustainable development in Africa through harnessing Organic Agriculture and Biotechnology

This Conference will focus on clearly bringing out attributes of Organic Agriculture as a science relevant to food security, poverty alleviation and natural resources conservation in Africa. The workshop on May 22, 2009, is specifically addressed to bringing recent report results on food security and organic farming into focus and future development, and this workshop is supported by DDRN.

Date: May 18-22, 2009
Venue: Kampala, Uganda
For more information, please follow this link.

African Fellows Programme:  9th Call for Pre-Proposals

The Rothamsted International African Fellows Programme is now inviting pre-proposals under its 9th Call. The aim of the Programme is to support sustainable agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa by catalysing innovative solutions needed to achieve food security.

Deadline for receipt of pre-proposals: June 19, 2009. For more information, please follow this link.

2009 Fellowship for African Journalists - Agriculture for Development

The Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley invites applications for two year long fellowships for accomplished African journalists, beginning in August 2009.

Application deadline: May 1, 2009. For more information, please follow this link.

Debatdag om fødevarer, klima og etik [in Danish]

Debatdag arrangeret af Det Etiske Råd og Forbrugerrådet, hvor der vil sættes fokus på de etiske konsekvenser af vores fødevarevalg i en klima- og fordelings­sammenhæng forud for FN’s klimakonference i København.

Tid: 1. oktober 2009, kl. 09.00 - 16.30
Sted: Landstingssalen på Christiansborg, København K.
For mere information se Det Etiske Råds hjemmeside.

Food security in a climate of change - The CABI Global Summit

The CABI Global Summit will bring together environment and agriculture ministers and other senior government officials from around the world.  Also attending will be major funding organizations and representatives from international development and corporate organizations. Together, they will consider policies, practices and technologies that can help improve food security against this background of change.

Date: October 19-21, 2009
Venue: Royal Garden Hotel, London, UK
For more information, please visit the website of CABI.

Food Security 2009 - Achieving Long-term Solutions

The conference is organised by Chatham House. The 2009 conference will focus on the politics and science surrounding global food security. Focal topics include the impact of trade, climate change, resource and land use and the politics of research and development.

Venue: London, Great Britain
Date: November 2-3, 2009
For more information, please follow this link.

Call for proposals under the EU - African Union Scientific Partnership

This call is entirely dedicated to research for Africa. The call is structured around two major issues - Water and Food Security, and Better Health for Africa.
Core thematic areas under Water and Food Security are water and sanitation/hygiene, agriculture and sustainable production systems, food security, climate change impacts, vulnerability and risks.

Deadline: January 14, 2010.

New: Call for open competition for projects under the CGIAR Challenge Programme for Water and Food (CPWF)

CPWF is launching a call for open competition for projects with focus on the Andes, Mekong and Nile basins in relation to water management and governance, local livelihoods and development challenges.

Deadline: August 31, 2009. For more information, please visit the CPWF website.

Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2009: The road after Copenhagen: priority strategies and actions for ensuring food security and rural development in the face of climate change

This event will be held in Copenhagen, coinciding with the United Nations Climate Negotiations (UNFCCC COP-15) and will bring together policy makers and negotiators, rural development practitioners, producers, civil society and the agricultural and climate change scientific community to highlight the importance of agriculture in climate change and to identify the "no-regret" priorities for agriculture and food security where the world needs to take action.

Date: December 12, 2009
Venue: Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Job: Senior Scientist, Nutrition & Biodiversity at Bioversity International

Bioversity International is developing a programme of work on the use of biodiversity resources for food and nutrition. Bioversity seeks to fill the international post of Senior Scientist in Nutrition with expertise in human nutrition to lead a global research programme investigating how agricultural biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition and health.

Closing date: November 15, 2009

EU Call for Proposals 2009 - Global Programme on Agricultural Research for Development (ARD)

In the context of the EU Food Security Thematic Programme (FSTP) an open call for proposals has been launched. The present action is specifically related to the FSTP component "Supporting the delivery of international public goods contributing to food security: research and technology", and is targeting global public goods in the field of agricultural research. 

Applicatione deadline: January 15, 2010

From Global Food Crisis to Local Food Insecurity

This meeting is part of a series of bimonthly Development Briefings in Brussels that CTA organises in partnership with the European Commission-DG Development and EuropeAid, the EU Presidency, the ACP Secretariat, Euforic, IPS Europe and Concord, to raise awareness on key rural development issues with the development community based in Brussels.

Date: December 9, 2009 - 8:30-13:00
Venue: Berlaymont, Brussels, Belgium

The 117th EAAE Seminar on Climate change, food security and resilience of food and agricultural systems in developing countries

The University of Hohenheim will be hosting the 117th European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) seminar in November 2010 looking at climate change, agriculture and vulnerability and resilience of food systems.

Date: November 25-27, 2010
Venue: University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

ISDA 2010 - Facing the crisis and growing uncertainties, can science and societies reinvent agricultural and food systems to achieve sustainability?

This symposium is organised by the Innovation and Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Food (ISDA) to reflect upon future choices, design appropriate scientific agendas, and help renew actions and policies so that innovation systems can better achieve sustainability.

Date: June 28 - July 1, 2010
Venue: Montpellier, France

NEW: Brussels Briefing on Biodiversity

The next Brussels Development Briefing will discuss the key role Biodiversity plays in rural development, especially for ACP countries.  Issues at stake include: the relationship between poverty and biodiversity, the effects of biodiversity loss in hunger and food insecurity, governance issues, the Intellectual Property Rights’ challenge, farmers rights and economic incentives, policies and legislation at the national, regional and global levels.

Date: March 10, 2010 - 8:30-13:00
Venue: Brussels, Belgium

Agricultural development and support: Experience from the past, prospects for the future?

Meeting organised by the Evaluation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark in cooperation with the Technical Advisory Services in the MFA and the Danish Development Research Network (DDRN). The meeting will bring together researchers, evaluators and experts in the field of agriculture, including participants from partner countries.

Date: March 18, 2010 - 9:00-17:00
Venue: Eigtveds Pakhus, Copenhagen
Registration deadline: March 15, 2010 by email to ie@ddrn.dk

Knowledge Fair Share - Latin America and Caribbean

The ICT-KM Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) are jointly organizing a Knowledge Share Fair in the field of agricultural research and development and food security for Latin America and the Caribbean. The meeting aims at discussing good knowledge sharing practices and good practices in making research outputs accessible.

Date: May 25-27, 2010
Venue: CIAT, Cali, Colombia

CCAFS Launch Conference - Building food security in the face of climate change

To facilitate new research on the interactions between climate change, agriculture, natural resource management and food security, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) have initiated the Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). This conference will be held to launch the CCAFS and will bring together the research and development community, policy makers, donors and other stakeholders.

Date: May 4, 2010 - 9:00-17:30
Venue: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya

NEW: Brown Bag Lunch with Professor Finn Tarp: The Triple Crisis

Finance, food and climate constitute a ‘triple crisis’, and are the focus of the new research programme of the United Nations University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), a UN organization with a global network, based in Helsinki, and of which Finn Tarp became Director in September 2009.

Date: March 19, 2010 - 12:15–14:00
Venue: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Meeting Room M.3, Asiatisk Plads 2, Copenhagen K.

Sustainable Food Systems

The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV) and the international Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS) are hosting an international conference to discuss some of the pressing issues related to world food systems and sustainability. The aim is to facilitate an open debate between universities, industry, agriculture, NGOs and GOs in order to identify problems and effective solutions to increase food production, reduce poverty and hunger and reduce over-exploitation of natural resources.

Date: June 29, 2010
Venue: Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads 2, 1402 Copenhagen K, Denmark
Deadline for registration: June 15, 2010

ICCAFFE 2011 - Climate change, agri-food, fisheries and ecosystems

The ICCAFFE 2011 conference hosted by the North-South Research Center for Social Sciences (NRCS) will focus on issues related to climate change, agriculture, food security and ecosystems from an interdisciplinary approach and a developing country perspective. It intends to bring together scientists, policy-makers, practitioners, and non-state actors from different regions to share updated research outcomes and relevant experiences and set future research and policy agendas. A call has been issued for presentations, posters and papers relating to conference themes.

Date: May 20-22, 2011
Venue: Agadir, Morocco

Agricultural price volatility: prospects, challenges and possible solutions

This seminar, organised by the University of Barcelona, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council, will look at the challenges related to agricultural and food price volatility, a.o in relation to food security in developing countries. The seminar will examine current and projected trends in agricultural and food prices, review past policy responses, examine policy options available today and arrive at pragmatic recommendations on addressing volatility in the future.

Date: May 26-27, 2010
Venue: Barcelona, Spain

ESRC Seminar: Applying Sustainable Livelihoods Approaches-Food Security & Social Protection

As part of an international series, the Department of Development & Economic Studies and the John & Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies (University of Bradford) are hosting a seminar bringing together academics, practitioners and policy-makers to explore the links between the application of a Sustainable Livelihoods Approach to issues of Food Security and Social Protection.

Date: June 2, 2010
Venue: Bradford, UK

NEW: Agricultural risk and food security

The Agricultural Information Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) are organising a conference with high level Chinese policymakers and international researchers to discuss agricultural risks and farmer and consumer reactions to food security and food safety concerns.

Date: June 10-12, 2010
Venue: Beijing, China

Global Environmental Leadership Fellows - University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment (IonE) is searching for  postdoctoral candidates to fill four new Global Environmental Leadership Fellows positions for research on global issues such as land use and ecosystem management and change, agriculture and food security, freshwater resources and water security, climate change adaptation, links between population & development.

Application deadline: August 1, 2010

Strategic research in health, food and welfare 2010 – Indo-Danish research collaboration within biotechnology

The call is managed jointly by the Indian Department of Biotechnology and the Programme Commission on Health, Food and Welfare under the Danish Council for Strategic Research. Approx € 2 million is offered under the headline biotechnology including the following themes:

• Connection between food, health and lifestyle
• Foods incl. biological manufacturing
• Bioresources, food and other biological products'

Application deadline: September 7, 2010

Job: 20 Research Positions available at IFPRI. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is looking for Research Analysts, Senior Research Assistant, and Postdoctoral/Research Fellow for a series of positions in the US, Uganda, Senegal, and India. Application deadlines will be open until the positions are filled.

E-Africa: 1st International ICST Conference on e-services for Agriculture, Food, Environment and Life Sciences in Africa

The conference will bring together scientists, government agencies, technology developers, engineers and NGO in an attempt to create a platform to exchange ideas and best practices on the implementation of e-Services for Agriculture, Food, Environment and Life sciences, with emphasis on e-Agriculture initiatives worldwide.

Date: September 8-10, 2010
Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa

First Global Conference on Biofortification: From Discovery to Delivery

The Conference is the first international effort to take stock of progress made in developing nutrient-rich crops, share lessons learned, and chart the future of biofortification. This three-day event will bring agricultural scientists, public health specialists, policymakers, donors, and business leaders together to move this emerging agricultural intervention for public health forward.

Date: November 9–11, 2010
Venue: Washington, D.C., USA

Master's course: Ecosystem diversity and function: Analysis and simulation

A five-day, intensive course, with lots of practical exercises organised by the BioSafe Train project. The skills to be gained are expected to be of use during study planning, proposal and thesis writing and generally in the scientific career.

Date: August 30 - September 3, 2010
Venue: Centre for Continuing Education, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Benefit-sharing Fund: Call for Proposals 2010 ´

The Call for Proposals 2010 under the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty, which will invest more than USD 10 million in projects globally, is now opened for its biennial cycle 2010-2011. The thematic focus of the Fund is helping ensure sustainable food security by assisting farmers to adapt to climate change through a targeted set of high impact activities on the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

Application deadline: September 8, 2010

SEB Food Security and Safety Symposium

This interdisciplinary Symposium organised by the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) will bring together bioscientists, technologists, social scientists, specialists in ethics, economics and policy to share their research information and expertise. Talks will be followed by periods of discussion with plenty of opportunity for delegates to network, identify potential inter- and cross-disciplinary collaborations and build on current knowledge.

Date: September 13-15, 2010
Venue: Lancaster University, UK

African Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

This meeting is organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), African Union Commission (AUC), Ethiopia, Netherlands, Norway and Germany.

Date: September 6-8, 2010
Venue: UN Conference Centre, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

The Hague Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

The Hague Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change aims to develop a roadmap with concrete actions linking agriculture-related investments, policies, and measures with the transition to climate smart growth.

Date: October 31 - November 5, 2010
Venue: World Forum, The Hague, Netherlands

Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition and Health

Agriculture impacts poor people's nutrition and health, and people's nutrition and health in turn affects their productivity. As a supplier of food, a source of income, and an engine of growth, agriculture has the potential to significantly and sustainably improve poor people's nutrition and health. This conference will inform, influence, and catalyze action to better use investments in agriculture to achieve nutrition security and good health for the world's poor people.

Date: February 10-12, 2011
Venue: New Delhi, India

Value added processing of indigenous fermented food

One day International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene (ICFMH) Workshop focusing on how capacity builing of laboratories and small private enterprises can be used for adding value within food production chains.

Date: August 30, 2010 – 09:00-17:00
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences
Participation is free, but registration is required by email to Vicki Lei at vil@life.ku.dk.
Thanks to DDRN institutional member Faculty of Life Sciences for sharing the news!

NEW: Informationsmøde om EU's 7. rammeprogram (FP7) inden for Fødevarer, Landbrug og Bioteknologi [in Danish]

Mødet giver dig et overblik over aktuelle støttemuligheder i FP7 inden for programmet Fødevarer, Landbrug og Bioteknologi. Der vil være mulighed for at stille spørgsmål direkte til Europa-Kommissionen, og høre om erfaringer fra deltagere i rammeprogrammet.

Tid: 27. september 2010, kl. 12 - 15.30
Sted: Landbrug og Fødevarer, København

Call for papers: Food and Environment 2011

The first international conference on Food and the Environment will focus on a variety of issues affecting food production and distribution including those related to natural and anthropogenic causes. The conference will emphasise the effects of modern food production processes and how they can affect human health.

Date: June 21-23, 2011
Venue: New Forest, England
Deadline for submission of abstracts: submission of abstracts is encouraged as soon as possible

First International Conference on Organic Food Quality and Health Research

Researchers within the field of organic food quality and health research, representatives of national and international agencies, and control bodies and industries are invited to attend this conference.

Date: May 18-20, 2011
Venue: Diplomat Hotel Conference Centre, Prague, Czech Republic

NEW: Third McGill conference on global food security

The Third McGill Conference on Global Food Security seeks to address the present challenges of water scarcity and malnutrition in food security. Participants from countries affected by food security, water scarcity and malnutrition will present their unique perspectives on the current situation and engage in a dialogue to find long-term solutions. Representatives of international development agencies will present results of their on-going efforts to provide a better quality of life for 2-billion of the world's poorest.

Date: October 19-21, 2010
Venue: Montreal, Canada

Job: Senior Program Specialist - Agriculture and Food Security

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) seeks a Senior Program Specialist for their Agriculture and Food Security Program who will be responsible for providing intelligence related to food production science and post-harvest technology in developing countries and also review, develop, manage, monitor and evaluate research projects.

Deadline for submission of applications: November 7, 2010

Making Food Security Work: Matching Supply to Demand

Volatility in food and agricultural commodities prices appears to have become a permanent feature of global markets. This conference will gather business leaders and representatives from governments, multilateral agencies, international and non-governmental organizations to discuss the way forward in establishing a secure and sustainable balance between supply and demand.

Date: December 6-7, 2010
Venue: Chatham House, London, England

2nd International Conference on Biotechnology and Food Security (ICBFS 2011)

The aim of the ICBFS conference series is to provide a forum for laying the foundations of a new principled approach to Biotechnology and Food Science. To this end, the meeting aims to attract participants with different backgrounds, to foster cross-pollination between different research fields, and to expose and discuss innovative theories, frameworks, methodologies, tools, and applications.

Date: April 1-3, 2011
Venue: Bali, Indonesia

Brussels Policy Development Briefing on ‘Geopolitics of Food’

Feeding the world is not anymore just a question of increasing agricultural production and trade but a political question. With this in mind, what are the consequences for the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States' (ACP) agriculture and what future for the most vulnerable farmers? What new policies and what global aid architecture would be needed?

Date: February 2, 2011
Venue: Brussels, Belgium

Call for papers: Food System Planning Theory and Practice

In this special topic focus, The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) encourages practicing planners and other professionals who are engaged in food system planning, as well as planning scholars and students, to submit applied research-based papers such as case studies, surveys, focus groups and the like, as well as commentary and reflective essays on a wide range of topics.

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: April 20, 2011

Development of a Research Programme Consortium (RPC) to address agriculture, food and nutrition security in South Asia

Department for International Development (DFID) Research and Evidence Division wishes to establish a new Research Programme Consortium (RPC) on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security in South Asia.  The goal of this RPC is goal is to ensure the use of new and existing research on how to deliver enhanced food and nutritional outcomes through agriculture, particularly women and children, by investment programmes and policy makers. The successful RPC will need to demonstrate at bidding stage its experience in the region, in handling complex political relationships and in forging collaborations between countries and between researchers and end users.

Deadline for submission of bid: May 16, 2011

Call for applications: 2011 AWARD Fellowships

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) calls for applications for the AWARD Fellowship, a two-year program that offers a series of career-development resources that establish a mentorship for each fellow with a senior scientist, build science skills and develop leadership capacity.

Women agricultural scientists who are nationals of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, or Zambia, who have completed a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in listed disciplines are eligible to apply. Applicants must be available in Africa throughout the fellowship period.

Application deadline: March 25, 2011

CDKN Research Call on Climate Compatible Development

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is launching a new research programme on climate compatible development (CCD). The first round of international funding invites applications for projects of £100-£200K in value, and of between 12 and 24 months’ duration.

The themes are:

1) Exploring Climate Compatible Development: principles and practices
2) Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Compatible Development

This call is open to all researchers, requiring South-South or North-South partnerships to be developed and strengthened through research institution collaboration and strong links with policy-makers in-country.

Application deadline: March 31, 2011

Tropentag 2011: Development on the margin

The Tropentag is a development-oriented and interdisciplinary conference. It addresses issues of resource management, environment, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, nutrition and related sciences in the context of rural development, sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation worldwide.

AGRINATURA will grant 8 students from its member institutions (excluding German universities) travel grants for the conference.

Date: October 5-7, 2011
Venue: Bonn, Germany

NEW: Informationsmøde om Joint Programming inden for landbrug, fødevareforsyningssikkerhed og klimaforandringer [in Danish]

Forsknings- og Innovationsstyrelsen inviterer sammen med Det Strategiske Forskningsråd til informationsmøde for alle, der er interesserede i FACCE JPI - Joint Programming inden for landbrug, fødevareforsyningssikkerhed og klimaforandringer, samt mulighederne for at søge midler i dette regi.

Date: April 11, 2011
Venue: Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Veterinary Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark

NEW: European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) 2011 Congress: Change and Uncertainty; Challenges for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

The triennial EAAE congress will cover important topics such as Agriculture and Food Policies, Risk and Uncertainty, Market and Demand Analyses, Agriculture and Climate Change Risk Management, Environment and Sustainable Resource-use, Trade and Globalisation, Agriculture and Rural Development, Technology, Innovation and Communication.

Date: August 30-September 2, 2011
Venue: Zürich, Switzerland

From Scarcity to Access and Rights: Changing Perspectives on Food Insecurity

The principal objective of the course is to critically review different approaches to food insecurity, which will enable doctoral students to understand key poverty-related concepts and approaches that are currently widespread and influential in research and among major international and national development agencies.

Date: September 28-30, 2011
Venue: Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), Oslo, Norway

Korn til alle [in Danish]

Cerealienetværkets årsmøde 2011, hvor følgende emner vil diskuteres: hvordan vi brødføder verden i fremtiden, barrierer og muligheder for at øge udbyttet; forædling af rug, havre og nicheafgrøder; det nye forskningslandskab, og korn og bioenergi.

Date: October 25-26, 2011
Venue: Hotel Frederik d. II, Slagelse, Denmark

International Scientific Symposium on Food & Nutrition Security Information: From valid measurement to effective decision-making

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is organizing a symposium to examine emerging trends in measuring Food and Nutrition Security Information and linking it more closely to decision-making.

Date: January 17-19, 2012
Venue: FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy

Combatting Malnutrition through Sustainable Interventions: EU-ASEAN Relations as a Key Driver

The conference takes place in the context of the celebrations around World Food Day on 16 October and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, and comes at a pivotal moment for European development policy and Europe’s response to the devastating effects of malnutrition in the developing world. The conference will bring together key representatives of the international and European Institutions, EU Governments, academia, donor and recipient country civil society, and industry to work together towards establishing sustainable and self-sufficient programmes on a long-term, less donor-dependent basis.

Date: November 8, 2011
Venue: Brussels, Belgium

Thanks to DDRN member John Christensen for sharing this news!

Food Security 2011: Transforming the Food Production System

This conference will gather business leaders and representatives from the private sector, governments, multilateral agencies, and non-governmental organizations to examine changing agricultural investment patterns, highlighting international policy developments and business approaches to coping with environmental shocks and stresses presented by climate change and global population growth.

Date: December 14-15, 2011
Venue: London, United Kingdom

NEW: Global Forum for Food and Agriculture

The forum gathers agriculture ministers from 48 countries to exchange experiences and ideas on how trade at local, regional and global level could contribute towards food security and in order to define joint approaches to addressing the problems.

Date: January 19-21, 2012
Venue: Berlin, Germany

Food Secure Arab World: A Roadmap for Policy and Research

The conference, organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, will feature presentations by leading thinkers in the fields that comprise food security—including economics, agriculture, water, trade, health, and nutrition—in addition to sessions on lessons learned from existing country development strategies. There will be a priority-setting session using digital voting technology, public discussion, and opportunities for participants to connect with people who are similarly committed to sustainably ending food insecurity and poverty in the Arab world. Expected outcomes include a declaration on the principles for food security in the Arab world and a roadmap of ways to implement the recommended actions.

Date: February 6-7, 2011
Venue: Beirut, Lebanon

NEW: Charting the Course: Food Security & Trade in the Asia-Pacific and LAC Region

The International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are hosting a seminar to take stock of food policy related developments and initiatives in the region.  High-level speakers will include policymakers, private sector representatives and academics from the region and feature discussions about a number of food security, trade and regulatory initiatives occurring in the region.  Participants will actively engage in shaping recommendations aimed at promoting food security and a more open, productive and sustainable food and trade system.

Date: 17-18 May, 2012
Venue: Washington DC, United States

NEW: AGFUND International Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects 2012

The Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) announced the start of nomination for the AGFUND International Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects 2012 in the field of "food security". The Prize theme is subdivided in four categories, please see the AGFUND website for more information.

Deadline for nominations: 31 May, 2012

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