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9th GCHERA World Conference
Global Food Security and Food Safety: The Role of Universities
October 28-30, 2017
Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China
The focus of the Conference is to explore the role and contribution of agricultural and life science universities in research, education, outreach and engagement in policymaking to address the global challenge of food security and safety. In particular, we would like to explore how universities are contributing to addressing the issues of food security and food safety by engaging in strategic education, research, effective outreach in multi-stakeholder programs and policy determination at the local, regional and global levels. Such contributions will provide significant outcomes defining the way forward for others to follow. The outcome of the conference will be an action plan that provides guidance to university and faculty senior managers.
Saturday 28 October
Session 1: The Challenge for Global Food Security and Food Safety
Keynote speakers: Zhu Jing, Nanjing Agricultural University, China and Gebisa Ejeta, Purdue University, USA
Dr. Zhu is a specialist in food security policy. She serves on advisory groups to the World Bank and FAO, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Livestock Research Institute.
Dr. Ejeta is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America, and a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy. Among his many awards, Dr. Ejeta was the recipient of the 2009 World Food Prize.
Session 2: Education role of Universities in responding to the global challange
Keynote speakers: Rob Dyball, Australian National University, Australia and Jose Zaglul, EARTH University, Costa Rica
Dr. Dyball is President of the International Society for Human Ecology and editor of Human Ecology Review.
Dr. Zaglul was president of EARTH university, an international, private, nonprofit institution in Costa Rica, dedicated to preparing leaders with ethical values to contribute to the sustainable development of the tropics and to construct a prosperous and just society.
Followed by a panel discussing case studies of universities providing graduates with the knowledge, skills and multi-disciplinary competences to be successful future leaders, addressing the challenges of global food security and food safety.
Session 3: Research Role of Universities in responding to the global challange
Keynote speakers: John Ingram, Oxford University, UK and Aldo Stroebel, National Research Foundation, South Africa
Dr. Ingram has designed and led regional food system research projects in Europe, south Asia, southern Africa and the Caribbean and leads the multi-university Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning programme (IFSTAL).
Dr. Stroebel is Executive Director Strategic Partnerships at the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for African Development (IAD) at Cornell University, USA.
Followed by a panel discussing the critical success factors for universities engaging with stakeholders to address the challenges of global food security and food safety in multi-disciplinary research programmes.
Sunday 29 October
Session 4: Value Creation and the role of Universities
Keynote speakers: Tiny van Boekel, Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands and Xiangping Jia, Northwest Agriculture & Forestry University, China
Dr. Tiny van Boekel is Professor in Food Science and Dean of Education of Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
Dr. Jia is a professor of agricultural economics, with a focus on applying new institutional economics to issues of agrofood market coordination, development of inclusive financial markets, the organization and performance of smallholder farms, and participatory agricultural extension system. Dr. Jia previous worked at the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
Followed by a panel presenting case studies of universities successfully engaging with stakeholders to use innovation and outreach to address the challenges of global food security and food safety.
World Cafe where delegates share best practices and develop plans for implementing chnage at their university
Monday 30 October
All conference delegates participate in the Nanjing Agricultural Carnival field trip
Farewell Conference dinner
Tuesday 31 October
The Conference is presented by the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA) and Nanjing Agricultural University.