WEBINAR: Universities & Research Institutions supporting Family Farmers during and post COVID19 Pandemic in Africa

31 July 2020. This webinar brought together representatives of universities, family farmers organizations, development partners, agricultural research institutions, and government agencies to chat a way forward for universities in Africa to contribute to enhancing the livelihoods of family farmers and developing their capacities to cope with increasing uncertainty caused by current shocks. In particular, the webinar will aim to address universities’ role in: (i) promoting rural communities’ initiatives, and development and transfer of technologies; (ii) harmonization of regional policies and strategies to support family farmers; and (iii) strategies to reinforce the capacity and resilience of family farmers, especially women and youth, and their organizations to cope with shocks.

  • Moderator: Prof. Abebe Haile-Gabriel, Assistant Director-General FAO, Accra, Ghana
  • Ms. Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director General FAO, Rome Italy
  • H.E. Sacko Josefa L. Correa, Commissioner DREA (AUC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Hon. Michael Katambo, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Lusaka, Zambia
  • Dr. Stephen Muchiri, Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dr. Vuyo Mahlati, President African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA), Pretoria, South Africa
  • Dr. Abdou Tenkouano, Executive Director CORAF, Dakar, Senegal
  • Lead Presenter: Dr. Marcela Villarreal, FAO-PSU Director, Rome, Italy
  • Discussant: Prof. Brice Sinsin, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Abomey Calavi, Benin

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