Feeding Africa: Leadership to Scale up Successful Innovations

A Food Systems Summit Dialogue

  • Date
    29.04.21 > 30.04.21
  • Time
    12:00 pm
  • Location
  • Registration

Watch the livestream here, 12:0017:00 CEST on Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30

CGIAR will participate in the panel on Innovative Institutional and Financing Approaches, on Friday, April 30 at 13:30–15:00 CEST. More details below. 


About the event

The African Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in partnership with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the CGIAR System Organization, will co-host a high-level dialogue: Feeding Africa: leadership to scale up successful innovations. Forum participants will identify ways to expand activities, financing and partnerships that promote Africa’s agricultural transformation through technology and innovation.

The event will bring together African heads of state, senior government officials, heads of multilateral development banks, development partners, regional organizations, research institutions, business leaders, private sector operators, investment agencies, academia, civil society organizations and experts from across Africa and beyond.

The event will conclude with a communiqué that will contribute to the United Nations Food Systems Pre-Summit in Rome in July 2021, and the United Nations Food Systems Summit later in the year.


The event will:

  • Secure political commitments at the highest level of leadership to replicate success across the continent;
  • Showcase impactful stories to secure resources and replicate in priority commodities across the continent;
  • Demonstrate what is working in regional agricultural research for development, and what needs to be done to sustain investments;
  • Arrive at a shared vision for mobilizing investments to produce technology and innovation that transform African food systems.

CGIAR at Feeding Africa

CGIAR will participate in Panel 6: Innovative Institutional and Financing Approaches, on Friday, April 30 at 13:3015:00 CEST.

  • Kundhavi Kadiresan, CGIAR Managing Director, Global Engagement and Innovation, will speak as a panelist.
  • Kanayo Nwanze, CGIAR Special Representative to the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), will moderate the panel.
13:3013:35 Welcome and introduction Moderator:
Kanayo Nwanze
CGIAR Representative to the UNFSS
13:3514:00 Session 1: Partnerships for enhancing the impact of agricultural research and development organizations

An introduction to the institutional changes taking place at CGIAR and at regional agricultural research and development organizations in Africa

Alioune Fall
Chair of the Board of Directors, Forum for Agricultural Research in AfricaKundhavi Kadiresan
Managing Director, Global Engagement and Innovation, CGIAR
14:0014:55 Session 2: Innovative models for financing agricultural research and development in Africa

A discussion on the need to fine-tune or replace financing models  for research and innovation in Africa

Dr Ruben Echeverria
Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)Shadrack Moephuli
CEO, Agricultural Research Council of South Africa

Carin Smaller
Director of Agriculture, Trade and Investment, for the Economic Law and Policy program

14:5515:00  Conclusion Kanayo Nwanze

For the agenda and list of speakers for the full 2-day event, please click here.

Media contact

Valerie Poire, CGIAR System Organization


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