Programme Director of AgriFoSe2030, SLU
The new programme AgriFoSe, Agriculture for Food Security 2030, a 60 million SEK investment by Sida, was launched January 26th at SLU in Uppsala.
The programme is a collaboration between SLU, Lund University, the University of Gothenburg and Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) and is coordinated by SLU Global. The aim of the programme is directly aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 2, to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
Ambassador Lennart Båge introduced the seminar and talked about SLU's many contributions to global food security. The AgriFoSe 2030 Programme Director Professor Ulf Magnusson introduced the project to the audience at the inauguration.
Dr. Appolinaire Djikeng, Director of the BecA-ILRI Hub, Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa, is pleased that AgriFoSe 2030 will expand to become a global network and has high hopes that AgriFoSe will connect food security policies and the sustainable development goals at the local level.
– 70% of the population in Africa benefits from improved agricultural practices either directly or indirectly, says Dr Djikeng.
Dr Appolinaire Djikeng gave a talk about research on food security in an African Perspective. Photo: Margarita Cuadra.
Ambassador Kajsa B Olofsgård, Swedish Chief Negotiator for the UN Agenda 2030, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs stated that we are entering a paradigm shift, where issues related to development are closely linked with the agenda on climate change.
– We are very eager to start the important work with AgriFoSe 2030 after this very inspiring afternoon, says Dr. Carolyn Glynn, Deputy Programme Director of AgriFoSe 2030, who lead the discussions.
The panel discussions after the presentations. From the left: Professor Ulf Magnusson, Ambassador Cecilia Nordin van Gansberghe, Ambassador Lennart Båge, Ambassador Kajsa B. Olofsgård and Dr. Appolinaire Djikeng. Photo: Margarita Cuadra.