Africa CAN and WILL feed itself #aasw6

In a little bit more than 24 hours, I will have the privilege of being part of and experiencing  the buzz of the sixth Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW6) organized by the Forum for Agricultural Research in  Africa (FARA) which will be focusing on  "Africa feeding Africa through agricultural science and innovation".

The readers and followers of IFAD social reporting blog know that this theme is very close to IFAD's heart and one that we all feel passionate about. At IFAD, we believe that Africa CAN feed Africa and more importantly we are convinced that Africa WILL feed Africa.

On 18 July 2013, IFAD President, Dr Kanayo Nwanze (@knwanze), a scientist by training and with a career spanning over three decades, will deliver the keynote address at this event highlighting the unprecedented opportunities that the agriculture sector offers and how right policies and increased investment in agriculture, research and infrastructure will allow Africa to FEED itself.

The event will focus on how and what researchers,  scientists and development community need to do to make sure that:

  • smallholder farmers can take full advantage of agricultural growth
  • science and appropriate technology can bring about greater productivity, ensure food security and improve nutrition for all and doing all of this while respecting the environment.

We will be reporting live from the event on Twitter - @ifadnews, on FacebookGoogle+ and on IFAD social reporting blog and proud to be part of #aasw6 social reporting team.