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Design Thinking Mash-Up Workshop organised by Thought For Food (TFF)

20 March, 15.00 - 17.00, Roundtable Arena

Join Thought For Food (TFF) in a "Design Thinking Mash-Up Workshop", where you will gain the insight, skills, and specific tools you can use to design innovative solutions for food security. Using unexpected skill sets and resources, expect to leave this session with not only new ways to iterate within your own company (new or old), but a better understanding of what it means to leverage next-generation platforms like Thought For Food. TFF is is committed to empowering and engaging the next generation of innovators to help feed 9 billion people by 2050.
Facilitator: Edward J. Silva, Executive Director, Thought for Food Foundation

Target audience: Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Private sector, Students

Innovative technologies to enhance date palm cultivation in the MENA region organized by FAO and Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation

20 March, 16:00 - 17:30, Open Innovations Theatre


> FAO Support  and  Efforts to Strengthen the Date Palm Sector: Dr. Mohamed Dost, Regional FAO Crop Production Officer for MENA Region
> Innovative technologies validated by FAO: Dr. Abdallah Ben Abdallah, FAO Date Palm Expert
> New Validated Technologies for Date Palm Integrated Pest Management: Dr. Romeno Faleiro, FAO Date Palm IPM Expert
> Presentation of the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation (KIADPAI): Dr. Abdelouahhab Zaid, Secretary General of the Award

Target audience:  Date palm farmers, government officials, date palm cooperatives, NGOs, researchers, private sector and media.

Job and wealth creation through agribusiness incubation in Africa organised by the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN)

21 March, 10:00 - 10:30, Open Innovations Theatre

The workshop will be geared towards unpacking agribusiness incubation and highlighting the role it has played in creating jobs and wealth in Africa. As an incubator of Incubators, AAIN has established agribusiness incubators, which have had tremendous results. It has been proven that through agribusiness incubations business survive and thrive, which is a notable achievement considering the chronic failure of business that do not go through incubation.  By supporting the creation of successful agribusinesses that can generate wealth and jobs, AAIN subscribes directly to level 2 of CAADP’s result framework, i.e. expanded local agro-industry and value chain development inclusive of women and youth. Continentally, AAIN through the UniBRAIN model is well positioned to significantly contribute to agribusiness growth by turning science outputs into vibrant agribusiness on the continent. The workshop will be a good platform to share experiences on best practices and lessons in agribusiness incubation that has helped a number of countries create over 12,000 Jobs while impacting over 25,000 households in 4 years.
Facilitator: Dr Alex Ariho, Chief Executive Officer, African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN)

Meeting on The Third Arab Conference for Agricultural Investment - Recommendations and Next Steps organised by the Arab Authority for Agricultural and Investment Development (AAAID)

21 March, 12.15 - 13.15, Open Innovations Theatre

The objective of the session is to share the outcomes of The Third Arab Conference for Agricultural Investment and discuss next steps with concerned stakeholders.
The Third Arab Conference for Agricultural Investment is the largest gathering of decision makers, private and institutional investors, academics, innovators, farmer union representatives and scientific experts with the aim of discussing all economic and social aspects in the field of agricultural investment.
The conference aims to enhance the current investment climate by stimulating effective and collaborative solutions whilst driving the region’s sustainable development. Promoting the large potential of the agricultural investment sector will serve to encourage both regional and foreign investors through the provision of the right incentives to utilize the vast investment capabilities and benefit from promising market shares.
> Dr. Ahmed El Tigani Abdelrahim, General Manager, Al-Rawabi Dairy Company
> Mr.Khalil Al Shammari, General Manager, Jenaan Investment
> Dr.Shalan Edan, Research and Development Manager, Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID)
Target audience: Senior government officials, High-level businessmen, Individual and institutional investors in the agricultural sector from all over the world, Regional and international organizations, Representatives of farmer unions, Economists, Researchers, Other relevant stakeholders in the agricultural sector.

Panel Discussion: Sustainability of solar irrigation in the MENA region organised by International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

21 March, 13.30 - 14.00, Conference Theatre

Water scarcity and its unequal distribution in space and time are key challenges facing the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The use of renewable energy in agriculture, and in particular solar technology, has captured the attention of practitioners, farmers, and donor. However, the development of solar technology in agriculture in MENA is relatively piecemeal with limited exchange and transfer of knowledge. In addition many issues need to be addressed concerning unequal resources and access to solar irrigation technology and the sustainability of ground water resources. To explore these challenges, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will host a panel discussion to address the challenge of scaling up solar power irrigation in an equitable and sustainable way.

Scaling up strategies and innovative solutions to adapt agriculture to climate change in the Near East and North Africa region organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)

21 March, 13.30 - 16.00, Open Innovations Theatre

The   Paris Agreement   is   a   landmark   achievement   in   the   international   response   to climate change.  For the first time, all countries have committed to take action. Country commitments are set up within the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and FAO analysis shows that the agricultural sectors are among the foremost priorities in the INDCs. This is as strong signal to the international community: the agricultural sectors are central to the response to climate change.
The emphasis on climate action in agriculture was echoed by the ‘Ministerial Declaration on food security and the agricultural sectors in a changing climate’, which was adopted by African and Near East agriculture ministers during the 2016 FAO Regional Conferences.
Climate-adapted agriculture can substantially contribute to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from short-lived climate pollutants, while also easing deforestation and improving the health of soils.
Innovative solutions for climate change adaptation in agriculture are key for the implementation of INDCs in NENA region.
The objective of this side event is to provide platform to the Member States of the Near East and North Africa region (NENA) region, to enhance regional dialogue and strategic thinking about the implementation of INDCs and access to climate finance through innovative solutions for climate change adaptation in agriculture sector of the region.
Target audience: NGOs, Government representatives, UN Agencies, National agriculture, water, and environment systems, Private sector, Media

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