Following a series of preparatory workshops and seminars at STIAS during October and November 2014, STIAS will convene a Roundtable with a focus on sustainable agricultural intensification in Southern Africa. This will provide participants an opportunity to examine ways in which this region’s food security challenges can be met in the next thirty to forty years. The Roundtable will be held at STIAS (see map) over two days from 23 to 24 February 2015. While the Workshop covered technical discussion of recent developments in the literature and in the relevant policy domains, the Roundtable will attempt to address the topic in terms of the unfolding options and implications to policy makers and practitioners. This will create opportunities for researchers and other stakeholders to learn about the concerns and challenges faced by those trying to implement policies and by those directly affected by such actions. The theme for the Roundtable is Strategic Directions for Agricultural Transformation in Southern Africa. This initiative is linked to a broader research theme on the “Sustainable intensification of agriculture in Southern Africa” which STIAS will promote over the next three to five years with the support of the Wallenberg Foundation.
- The Briefing Note on the theme of the Roundtable is available here: RT-Briefing-note-Feb-2015
- Notes on the idea behind STIAS roundtables can be found: STIAS-concept-of-a-Roundtable
- The draft programme for the Roundtable is available here: Program_final_proof_3
For enquiries about the Roundtable programme, contact Richard Sikora at [email protected]. For enquiries about registration, accommodation and travel arrangements, contact Nel-Mari Loock at [email protected] or Johann Groenewald at [email protected].