Cracking the Nut 2017

This conference will focus on cracking the tough nuts associated with reinforcing food systems to meet urban demand.

​Connexus Corporation is working with USAID, CRS, IRG, and Chemonics International to organize a two-day learning event, which will raise awareness of the changing demographics impacting global demand and supply of food, and highlight how food systems are transforming, linking rural to urban markets, and responding to changing food preferences, especially in urban areas of developing countries. In 2017, we will highlight the multiple ways in which the private sector, governments, donors and development practitioners are working to improve food security, adjust systems and adapt finance for urban agriculture and sustainable energies.

Cracking the Nut 2017 will provide a demand-driven, collaborative learning space where participants share experiences and best practice information on programs, methodologies, strategies and tools; network to build partnerships; and gain new technical capacities to build the fields of sustainable energy, agriculture, food processing and distribution, and access to finance. This two-day event will bring together approximately 300 of the world’s leading industry thought leaders from private sector companies, financial institutions, investors, donors, and development practitioners to discuss  “tough nuts” related reinforcing food systems and urban demand.

Conference themes

This conference will showcase competitively selected best practices through three focused themes:

  • ​​Reducing energy and transport costs for food systems: What technologies and distribution methods can help to lower the costs and use of non-renewable energies needed for transportation, processing and cold storage of food? How can public and private sectors collaborate to increase the use of renewable and clean energies that support sustainable agriculture?
  • Improving sustainability and food security of urban markets: As population is growing, especially in urban areas, what systems and mechanisms are needed to ensure all people have access to sufficient nutritious foods at prices they can afford? What types of finance and investment are needed to transform food systems and better link the rural to urban supply chain?
  • Facilitating links from rural to urban parts of a supply chain: How can we strengthen the “connective tissues” between rural smallholders and supply chain actors that are linked to urban demand? How can we help rural suppliers better interpret and respond to changing urban preferences?