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Zero hunger - theme for international research conference at SLU

Published: 14 October 2019

During 25-26 September, the Agricultural Research for Development Conference (Agri4D) 2019 brought together 250 participants from all over the world. The theme for the conference was "No hunger in 2030, our shared challenge!"

The aim of Agri4D 2019 was to promote knowledge exchange for improved sustainability and resilience in food systems. During the two days the attendants could listen to key note speeches by representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the French Agricultural Research and International Cooperation Organization (CIRAD) and many other organisations.

The thematic sub-sessions coverered topics as for example food security and migration governance; aqua-agro farming systems, yield gaps, rural youth and tenure reforms. 

Participating in the conference were agricultural scientists and PhD students from around the world, along with policy-makers, representatives of agri-businesses, grassroots organisations and policy studies networks. All working with and/or interested in agriculture research for development. 

Interviews with some of the keynote speakers

Kerstin Jonsson Cissé, Head of the Global Sustainable Economic Development Unit at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), held a welcome speach at Agri4D 2019. SLU Global had the opportunity to meet with her. Read the interview here.

Eric Malézieux, researcher at the Agroecological Functioning and Performances of Horticultural Systems Research Unit at the French Agricultural Research and International Cooperation Organization (CIRAD). He gave a keynote speach at the Agri4D 2019. Read the interview here.

Aslihan Arslan is Senior Research Economist at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). She was invited to SLU to present the "IFAD Rural Development report 2019: Creating opportunities for rural youth", at the Agri4D 2019 conference. Read the interview here.