The conference has become one of the largest international events on land governance, attracting over 1,200 participants from governments, academics, civil society, and the private sector. This year's theme is: Responsible Land Governance: Towards an Evidence-Based Approach.
The change across world’s cities and rural areas is obvious, constant and rapid. Growing demand for food, driven by population growth and rising incomes, creates opportunities and challenges for people working in rural areas, including in smallholder agriculture and the non-farm economy.
There is enough food produced in the world to feed everyone but more than 800 million people suffer from hunger, while half a billion suffer from obesity. A mayor and fundamental challenge lies in the question of distribution of productive resources such as land and seeds and how they are being used.
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.
This event will be truly multidisciplinary, welcoming contributions from engineering, agriculture, natural sciences and social sciences. It will also encourage debate and share perspectives with business, local authorities and stakeholders in the food, energy or water sectors.
The target audience includes government officials with policy-making and programme-design mandates from Agriculture, Nutrition, Health and other relevant sectors, as well as parliamentarians and non-state actors from civil society, private sector and research/academic institutions.
The 16th of October is World Food Day. It is the day to celebrate the establishment of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the day to highlight continuing work for improved food security and nutrition worldwide.
More than half of the world’s seven billion people live in urban areas – a proportion that is set to increase to 69% by 2050. Rapid urbanization will increase the demand for food security, nutritious diets and food safety for urban populations.
This triennial event will gather academics, scholars, practitioners, stakeholders and policy makers in the Food Valley to dissect the latest and most pressing issues characterising Agriculture and the Food Industry, from a local to an international perspective, dedicating significant attention also to novel and emerging concerns for society.