VIRTUAL EVENT: Brazil Africa Forum 2020

VIRTUAL EVENT: Brazil Africa Forum 2020

3-4 November 2020. The Brazil Africa Forum has moved this year online. Focused on the pandemic’s aftermath, wit brings high-level authorities and specialists to discuss global health, national health systems, economic recovery, trade and finance, international cooperation, science and technology, vulnerable communities, poverty and hunger, regional experiences, local responses, the “new normal” and future scenarios. This will hopefully create space for synergies, negotiations and agreements between multiple stakeholders, helping to advance good practices in a global scale.

Extract of the programme
3 November 2020

10:45 – 11:45 (GMT-3) TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC COOPERATION FOR SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS IN THE FUTURE
International cooperation has been a key factor in mitigating the impacts of the pandemic, allowing for the exchange of knowledge and the development of new technologies. What are the prospects for technical and scientific cooperation in the short and medium-term, for the vaccine and beyond?

  • The session will address the following topics:
  • Connecting specialists to find a solution
  • The role of research and innovation towards sustainability
  • Private sector as key for unlocking new technologies
  • Capacity-building and technical training for better health professionals
  • Linking universities and research centers through cooperation
  • Infrastructure and ICT as the foundations for change
Panel:

  • Jennifer Blanke | Non-Executive Director at African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Ltd
  • Amit N. Thakker | President of Africa Health Business and of the African Healthcare Federation
  • Julie Makani | Associate Professor in the Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
  • Adriana Abdenur | Co-Founder and Executive Director of Plataforma CIPÓ
  • Moderator – Andres Schipani | East and Central Africa Correspondent of the Financial Times

4 November 20200

9:00 – 10:00 (GMT-3) AGRICULTURE, VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES AND NEW SOLUTIONS FOR POVERTY REDUCTION 
With the pandemic, agricultural value-chains suffered major disruptions, threatening the food security of hundreds of millions all over the world and laying the ground for a large-scale food crisis. What can countries do to ensure that agriculture goes back on track and the livelihoods of vulnerable communities are preserved? The session will address the following topics: 
  • From global solutions to local realities 
  • Raising awareness for disease control 
  • Food and nutrition security for better livelihoods 
  • Access to basic services, healthcare and medicine in remote communities 
  • Sanitation, clean water and safe conditions 
  • Youth, women and elderly in underdeveloped societies 
Panel:

  • José Graziano da Silva | Former Director-General of FAO Michael Kremer | Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics 2019 
  • Josefa Sacko | Commissioner of the AU for Rural Economy and Agriculture 
  • Mercy Karanja | Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Moderator: 
  • Vinicius Assis | Correspondent in Africa for GloboNews 
10:00 – 10:15 (GMT-3) SECURING SUPPORT FOR SMALLHOLDER FARMERS: STRATEGIES FOR LIVELIHOODS OF RURAL COMMUNITIES AFTER COVID-19 
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 
10:15 – 10:45 (GMT-3) THE INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT’S STRATEGIC RESPONSE TO COVID-19: ALLEVIATING HUNGER IN A GLOBAL SCALE 
  • Gilbert Houngbo | President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 
11:45 – 12:15 (GMT-3) INVESTMENT LANDSCAPE FOR AGRIBUSINESS IN BRAZIL AND AFRICA: AGRICULTURE 4.0 AND AGRI-FINANCE FOR THE FUTURE Promoted by Southbridge Group 
  • This rapid-fire panel will address the following topics: 
  • Investment landscape and business opportunities 
  • Agribusiness in Brazil-Africa trade 
  • Key agricultural value-chains and supply-chain logistics 
Panel:
  • Andrew Ali | CEO of SouthBridge Group 
  • Faiçal Benameur | Senior Vice-President of OCP East Africa Fabiano Pinto| Export Manager at Eurolatte do Brasil Moderator: Hamet Aguemon | Partner of SouthBridge Group 
10:45 – 12:15 (GMT-3)  INVESTMENT IN AGRIBUSINESS: OPPORTUNITIES IN AGRICULTURE, PROCESSING AND STORAGE (by invitation only)
The dialogue will address the following topics: 
  • Market trends for the agribusiness sector 
  • Business environments and public-private engagement 
  • Match between supply and demand across the South Atlantic 
Panel:
  • Minister Jean Pierre Senghor | Executive Secretary of the National Council on Food Security of the Republic of Senegal
  • Kampeta Sayinzoga | CEO of Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) 
  • Njack Kane | CEO of Intervalle Geneve Brazil 
  • Alida Bellandi | President of Guarany Industry and Trade 
  • Luiz Roberto Barcelos | President of the Brazilian Association of Fruit Producers (ABRAFRUTAS) 
  • Marcos Brandalise | CEO of Brazafric Group Financial Institutions 
  • Sérgio Gusmão Sucholdoski | President of the Development Bank of Minas Gerais (BDMG) 
  • Martin Fregene | Director for Agriculture and Agro-Industry at African Development Bank (AfDB) 
  • Simeon Ehui | Regional Director West and Central Africa, World Bank 
  • Facilitator João Bosco Monte | President of the Brazil Africa Institute High-level Commentator 
  • Hailemariam Desalegn | Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chair of AGRA 
12:15 – 12:35 (GMT-3) INVESTMENT IN AGRIBUSINESS: WRAP-UP CONVERSATION 
  • Hailemariam Desalegn | Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia Lionel Zinsou | Founder and Managing Partner of SouthBridge 
  • Frannie Léautier | Senior Partner and CEO SouthBridge Investments 
12:45 – 13:15 (GMT-3) RAPID-FIRE PANEL FOOD SYSTEMS AFTER THE PANDEMIC: RETHINKING PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION TO ENSURE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Promoted by the United Nations Food Systems Summit Secretariat 
This rapid-fire panel will address the following topics: 
  • New ways to arrange food systems 
  • The impacts of COVID-19 on agriculture and food value-chains 
  • The role of governments, private actors and civil society in food systems  
Panel
  • Agnes Kalibata | CEO of AGRA and Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Food and Nutrition 
  • Fabrice De Clerck | EAT Science Director 
  • Divine Ntiokam | Founder and Managing Director of Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network 
  • Moderator: Claudia Martínez Zuleta | Co-chair of the Country Programs of the Food and Land Use Economy – FOLU 
13:15 – 13:30 (GMT-3) CONVERSATION THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19 OF FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION 
  • Roberto Rodrigues | Former Minister of Agriculture of Brazil Eduardo Castro | Journalist from Band News

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