AC&SD 2016 will bring together up to 300 delegates, including key actors from developing countries and innovators from the field from all world regions, to debate about the role of agricultural value chains in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals. The conference aims at strengthening the science and policy interface for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, considering that agricultural value chains form spaces where local and global challenges to sustainability connect and within which local and global actors experiment and negotiate innovative solutions.

The conference aims at:
  • Nourishing the dialogue with decision makers for enriching policy and strategy formulation towards sustainable development, using agricultural value chains as effective levers for action;
  • Engaging further scientists and experts into innovative experiences for an inclusive and sustainable economy and in imagining new models of development;
  • Shedding light on new patterns of public/private partnerships and investments and on multistakeholders’ alliances for sustainable value chains.
Debates will focus on 3 themes:
  1. Performance and evaluation of agri-chains with respect to the SDGs;
  2. Public policies and agri-chain governance mechanisms at different scales in support of the SDGs;
  3. Concrete innovations and partnerships for building and transforming agri-chains towards sustainable development.
Distinguished speakers will include:
  • Dr Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development at DG DEVCO (EU)
  • Alexander Müller, German Council for Sustainable Development
  • Pr. Lawrence Busch, Michigan State University
  • Teresa Ribera, Director of IDDRI
  • Pr. Nora McKeon, Roma 3 University
  • Emmanuelle Cheyns, CIRAD
  • Steven Muchiri, CEO Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF)
  • Anna Swaithes, Director of Sustainable Development SABMiller
  • Pr. Harriet Friedmann, University of Toronto
  • Pr. Gilles Trystram, Director of AgroParisTech
  • Jean Pierre Imelé, CEO Biotropical SA

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