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Jan. 30, 2024

Connecting Youth – Transforming Food Systems

The Irish Youth Delegation to the World Food Forum hosted a side event with young people from Kenya entitled ‘Connecting Youth – Transforming Food Systems’. Through this event we brought together youth delegates from Ireland and Kenya to share their experiences on developing youth networks and the role young people play in transforming food systems and implementing the SDGs. Minister

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Aug. 24, 2023

IFIAD hosts Cindy McCain, World Food Programme

IFIAD was delighted to host Cindy McCain, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, at an inter-sectoral dialogue meeting held at the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) in Dublin. Our dialogue focused on Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) targets and the global hunger crisis. Participants included leaders of IFIAD member institutions

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Apr. 28, 2023

Potential for consensus-led processes in support of global policymaking

IFIAD hosted a seminar with Dr Jannie Armstrong on 21st April 2023 on Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC). The seminar introduced the IPC’s approach to assessing and analysing food crises, giving examples from the most pressing humanitarian emergencies on the planet. At the centre of the IPC’s approach is consensus, through which multi-sectoral expertise comes together to converge evidence,

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Jan. 17, 2023

Roundtable with Ms Satu Santala – IFAD

IFIAD hosted a roundtable discussion with Ms Satu Santala, Associate Vice President for External Relations, and Governance at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), on 2nd November 2022. The meeting was opened by Ms Sarah Hunt, Policy Director, Irish Aid, and chaired by Prof. Charles Spillane, Director of the Ryan Institute, and Chair of IFIAD. The meeting provided an

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Jan. 17, 2023

Agribusiness Incubation Learning Exchange

Delegates from agribusiness incubators and Enterprise Support Organizations in Africa visited Ireland in November 2022 to meet with key representatives from the Irish agri-food incubation ecosystem including state agencies, incubators, accelerators, social enterprises, educators, and investor networks. The 27-member delegation from Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe visited some of Ireland’s flagship agri-food incubation initiatives such as Teagasc

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Nov. 09, 2022

Famine Crimes and Tragedies – Alex de Waal

Plenary presentation at Galway, “A Food Secure Future for Everyone.” Alex de Waal, executive director of the World Peace Foundation, Research Professor at the Fletcher School, Tufts University delivered a keynote address this years IFIAD Annual Conference, 7 November 2022 Starvation is a cruel but effective weapon of war. That’s why governments like to use it, and why attempts to

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Jul. 21, 2022

Independent Food Systems Dialogue in Malawi

IFIAD hosted an Independent Food Systems Dialogue in Malawi, in partnership with the Malawi Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (MICGBV). The dialogue convened on 2nd July 2021 at Ufulu Garden Hotel in Lilongwe as part of the global preparations for the international UN Food Systems Summit to be held in September 2021. The event brought together different stakeholders such

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Jun. 17, 2022

Strengthening Agribusiness Incubation Ecosystems

Agribusiness incubators play a pivotal role in the ideation, start-up and scaling-up of agricultural businesses and small to medium enterprises (SMEs). But Africa’s agribusiness incubation ecosystems remain under-developed, and incubators continue to face various challenges, limiting their scale and impact. IFIAD participated in a regional workshop in Kampala, with incubators and policy makers from Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Jun. 01, 2022

IFIAD hosts FAO Director-General QU Dongyu

IFIAD hosted the FAO Director-General H.E. QU Dongyu during his official visit to Ireland. Minister Pippa Hackett, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine joined an IFIAD roundtable chaired by Prof. Charles Spillane with Irish development aid agencies, universities and youth representatives at EPIC museum, Dublin.

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May. 05, 2022

Workshop on Food Systems Approach

We were back face-to-face this week at the IFIAD Food Systems Approach Workshop held at the UCD University Club. Herman Brouwer and Helena Posthumus from Wageningen University and Research shared some of the latest thinking on Food Systems. Some of the questions coming up for us were:  What is NOT in a Food System?  Do we need a common definition of a

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