31 Jan

Coor Conference, Room "Södermalm" Västgötagatan 5, Stockholm, Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden

SIANI Annual Meeting 2024

We invite our members and friends to interact with each other and provide input for the SIANI work plan for the year ahead.

It’s time to meet again! We are excited to inform you about an upcoming SIANI Annual Meeting 2024 on the 31st  of January, 10-15 (CET) (serving coffee from 09.15 for travellers and mingles )

The upcoming meeting will focus on the impact of rapid urbanisation on food systems, particularly in urban, peri-urban, and  in rural areas. This is a critical issue as it carries significant implications for food systems’ management, evolution, and performance. Addressing urban food issues is an essential aspect of an integrated urban-rural development agenda, as it contributes to multiple outcomes crucial for meeting our growing population’s needs.

In 2023, SIANI started the new program phase, hence the SIANI secretariat is now excited to invite you to a conversation contributing to shaping the dialogue around  urban and rural food systems. In times of recurring crises how can we transform our food systems into resilient and inclusive? And how can SIANI as a network come together and contribute?

The annual meeting is an opportunity to connect, network, share ideas and exchange experiences to forward the discussions on how we together with knowledge and action collaborate towards rights based and sustainable food systems in urban, peri-urban, and rural areas.

We look forward to meeting you again in person, reconnecting with others, taking on new challenges, and building the next chapter of SIANI.


Time: 2024-01-31 10:00 - 15:00
City: Stockholm, Sweden
Location: Coor Conference, Room "Södermalm" Västgötagatan 5, Stockholm, Sweden
Organiser: SIANI
Additional info:

More information and registration on the SIANI web page.



09:30 – 10:00  Morning mingle

10:00 – 10:05  Welcome to the day. Madeleine Fogde, SIANI Director

10:05 – 10:10  Introduction of participants. Jonna Wiklund, Project Coordinator, SIANI

10:10 – 10:25  Food Security in the context rural transformation and urbanization. Ellinor Isgren, Senior Researcher, LUCSUS, School of Global Studies Gothenburg

10:25 – 10:40  Fair and just food systems enabling local midstream businesses? What does it take? Romina Cavatassi, PhD, Lead Economist, Research and Impact Assessment Division, IFAD

10:40 – 10:50  Mobilizing youth and strengthening local peri-urban food systems. Maria Zachs, Founder Voices for Change

10:50 – 10:55  Innovation for Food Security and Nutrition – the role of networks. Naol Adugna, Beta blockers PLC

11:00 – 12:30  Round Table Dialogues

12:30 – 13:30  Lunch

13:30 – 14:00  Reporting back from Round Table Dialogues

14:00 – 14:12  Inclusive market development for urban and rural prosperity. Elisabeth Montgomery, Senior Policy Specialist for Employment and Market Development at Swedish Agency for Development Cooperation, Sida

14:15 – 14:50  SIANI Expertgroups, short presentation of the new groups and announcement of the new call. Jonna Wiklund, Project Coordinator, SIANI. Farah Hegazi, PhD, Climate Change & Risk Programme, SIPRI. Lotta Fabricius Kristiansen, National Competence Centre for Advisory Services, SLU Råd/nu.

14:50 – 15:00  Closing remarks. Cecilia Nordin Van Gansberghe, SIANI Chair Steering Committee

15:00  Coffee and networking

Please note that this event aims to gather SIANI members for in-person networking.

Please be aware that SIANI does not offer any sponsorships, accommodation, or visa support for attending the event. We see this event as providing great value for our members and as such there will be no per diem offered for attendance.


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