UN FAO AGRI INNOVATE DAYS
10:30
10:30 – 12:00 Technical Sessions Digital Agriculture: Policies and Pathways: In partnership with International Telecom Union (ITU) To address the challenges of agri-food systems and rural transformation, new development approaches are needed, that combine innovative policies, technologies and organizational processes and practices, and use of digital and other types of innovation for the improvement of agriculture and food systems, into Agriculture 4.0 (the Fourth Agriculture Revolution). Developing, adopting and scaling up of digital innovation technologies requires that the stakeholders and decision-makers develop a better understanding of impact pathways, risks and benefits of technologies, as well as new partnership and business models involving the public and private sectors, civil society and farmer organizations.

Speakers Invited:

Mr. Dino Francescutti Sub-Regional Coordinator FAO

Dr. Maximo Torrero Cullen Chief Economist Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Karim Abdelghani Programme Coordinator Arab Regional Office, International Telecommunication Union

Yousef Hamidaddin CEO AgriTech Accelerator, Jordan

Bernhard Kowatsch Head of the Innovation Accelerator United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

12:30
12:30 – 14:00 High-Level Sessions High-level Panel: Trade, Innovation, and Technologies for Food Security in the MENA The main objective of this Panel is to recognize and promote the need for a use of trade, innovation and technology as enablers for transforming agrifood systems and achieving food security in the MENA region. The following specific outcome is expected from this Panel.
  • Highlighting the importance of trade, innovation and technology for transforming the agrifood systems.
  • Outlining major issues and pathways for enhancing MENA region’s participation in international trade in food and agriculture and increasing the intra-regional trade.
  • Finding pathways to enhance private sector’s role in ensuring food security in the region.
  • Identifying gaps, challenges and pathways to enhance the availability, access and use of technology in agriculture in the region.

Speakers Invited:

H.E. Mariam Almheiri Minister Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

H.E Abbas AlHajj Hasan Minister of Agriculture Ministry of Agriculture, The Republic of Lebanon

Dr. Maximo Torrero Cullen Chief Economist Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Dr Ismahane Elouafi Chief Scientist Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Daria Zinovieva Head of International legal department, FGBI Agroexport, Russia

Dr. AbdulHakim Elwaer

15:00
15:00 – 16:30 Technical Sessions Youth Driving AgriFood Innovation Young people are driving innovation in agrifood systems and have a key role to play in achieving global food security and nutrition. The current crisis has brought both new challenges and opportunities for young innovators working to transform the sector. Paramount to ensuring that young people and their transformative ideas thrive is the ability of governments and partners to deliver an enabling environment and the business and technical support they need to grow. This session will showcase two partnerships that strive to achieve just that.

Speakers Invited:

Dalia Aboulfotuh Economist FAO RNE (moderator)

Carla Tanas Co-Founder Industry Distruptors Game Changers and CEO Agro Challenge

Ramy Boujawdeh Deputy General Manager Berytech

Ms. Robyn Schryer Fehrman President & CEO Enactus

16:30
16:30 – 17:00 Technical Sessions Big Data and Analytics for AgriFood System Transformation Discussion by practitioners in big data analytics in the field of agriculture, to i) showcase different applications of Big Data, artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technologies, ii) present the interface of those technologies and how it can be used practically, ii) discuss the regulatory and policy challenged in the future and the consequences of these developments worldwide on the agrifood systems sector.

Speakers Invited:

Dr. Maximo Torrero Cullen Chief Economist Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

David Davies CEO AgUnity

Saifullah Khan Partner Bizilance Consultants

10:30
10:30 – 12:00 Technical Sessions Science, Innovation and Food: The Cutting Edge in Academic Research A closer look at the latest research findings coming out of the region’s best academic and research institutions and how they can be better leveraged in the development of policies, programmes, technologies and products.

Speakers Invited:

Dr Ismahane Elouafi Chief Scientist Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Dr. Rachid Serraj Director of Strategy Mohammed VI Polytechnic University.

Mark Tester Professor of plant science King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Mr. Jean-Marc Faurès FAO

12:30
12:30 – 14:00 High-Level Sessions High-level Panel: The Committee on World Food Security – from Commitment to Action The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) formally adopted “Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition” on 10 February 2021 during its 47th plenary session, as a result of an inclusive multi-stakeholder negotiation process informed by scientific evidence.The Guidelines include a wide range of recommendations to promote transparent and accountable governance, sustainable food supply chains, access to healthy diets, food safety, nutrition education, gender equality, and resilient food systems in humanitarian contexts. The event seeks to raise awareness about the CFS Voluntary Guidelines, its substantive content and priority areas, and actions to advance sustainable food systems that deliver healthy diets. The event will also showcase UAE leadership on sustainable food systems, both at home and in the broader region, including how efforts to implement the CFS Voluntary Guidelines can help countries achieve their national food security plans and achieve the relevant Sustainable Development Goals – especially SDG-2 on hunger and nutrition.

Speakers Invited:

H.E. Mariam Almheiri Minister Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

H.E. Gabriel Ferrero y de Loma-Osorio Chairperson Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

Dr. AbdulHakim Elwaer

Dr. Agnes Kalibata President AGRA

Jessica Fanzo Bloomberg distinguished professor Global Food Policy and Ethics and Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.

Anna Scavuzzo Vice Mayor of Milan since 2016 and Deputy Mayor for Education.

Martien Van Nieuwkoop Global Director, Agriculture and Food World Bank Group

H.E Ambassador Pio Wennubst Permanent Representative of Switzerland United Nations Organizations in Rome, Italy

Mr. Christopher Hegadorn Secretary, Committee on World Food Security (CFS) The World Bank

15:00
15:00 – 16:30 Technical Sessions Disruptive AgriFood Solutions led by Businesses The foundation of collaborations and effective partnerships lies in identifying common ground and synergies, risks and minimizing trade-offs that can hinder progress. Representing public and private sector agri-business companies, the panelists will showcase their experience in applying disruptive solutions in improving their business models, and share their views on the ways to make disruptive technologies sustainable and inclusive.

Speakers Invited:

Sheikh Dr. Majid Sultan Al Qassimi CEO SOMAMATER

Ramy Boujawdeh Deputy General Manager Berytech

Daria Zinovieva Head of International legal department, FGBI Agroexport, Russia

16:30
16:30 – 17:30 Technical Sessions Trailblazing women and youth in MENA agrifood systems The main purpose of the session is to clarify the interlinkages between innovation and gender equality in agrifood systems, by illustrating the opportunities and risks women and girls in the MENA region. The session will present examples and cases in which innovation has proved successful to promote women’s socio-economic inclusion, with specific reference to decent employment and entrepreneurship in the MENA agrifood sector. It will also highlight the different stakeholders that should be involved to ensure a gender-responsive strategy for the promotion of agricultural innovation, and the mechanisms and incentives can be explored to support it, at different level.

Speakers Invited:

Dr Ismahane Elouafi Chief Scientist Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Maryam Rezaei Agro-food industry officer FAO's regional office