BREAKOUT SESSION 6: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND PARTNERSHIPS
BACKGROUND AND SCOPE
Agriculture and nutrition are interdependent and interconnected parts of the food value chain. This value chain delivers on rural development as well as macro- and micronutrients to consumers. How can partnerships accelerate the dissemination and application of science and technologies so as to achieve food and nutrition security for nine billion people by 2050? What research, technologies, partnerships and business models are needed to enable farmers and food processors of all scales to deliver more and better food products to those who are hungry and undernourished?
The introductory thoughts for the session will analyze development partnership models and examples, which are based on technologies applied for better agriculture and nutrition. Presenters from academia, civil society and business will then present their experiences, examples, lessons and scalable best practices from their respective field of work. The following dialogue will discuss lessons and success criteria for technology partnerships that aim at sustainable and scalable agricultural and nutrition improvement with a focus on Africa. Particular reference will be made to the complementary technical capacities, roles and modes of engagement for diverse organizations partnering, such as government, development organizations, civil society, academia and business.
The dialogue part of the session will be highly interactive and to the greatest extent allow questions, statements, proposals and contributions from the audience. As a result of the session, it is aimed to:
- Identify areas where progress has been made in recent years
- Highlight gaps in knowledge which were identified in the discussion as new priority research needs
- Give examples of how cross-sectoral partnerships have or could help deliver nutrition and health outcomes with a view to research
- Outline innovative approaches which the group believes would add most value to delivery of nutrition and health outcomes