World Agrifood Innovation Forum (WAFI)

Empowering Agrifood Innovation: Bridging Science, Technology, and Global Food Security

  • Date
    02.11.23 > 04.11.23
  • Time
    07:00 am > 05:00 pm UTC+08:00
  • Location
    Beijing, China
  • Registration

Hosted by Beijing’s municipal government, the inaugural World Agrifood Innovation (WAFI) Conference, promoting global dialogue in agrifood science and technology, will be held in Pinggu District, Beijing, from 2-4 November, 2023.

Hosted by the city’s municipal government and organized by several key stakeholders, including China Agricultural University and CGIAR, the event centers on the theme “Food Security & Future Agrifood.” It aims to foster international exchanges, stimulate discussions on the latest agrifood innovations, and promote industry-university collaborations.

The conference comprises a main forum, four thematic forums—including ones for university presidents and entrepreneurs—and the World Agrifood Science and Tech Expo. Parallel and sub-forums will cover areas such as smart agrifood, bio breeding, and sustainable development. International attendees, from scientists to students, are invited to contribute and collaborate.




CGIAR Participation

November 2 08:30 – 12:00 Future Food for Health and Environment Sub-Forum
  • Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse, IFPRI
  • Simon Heck, CIP, CGIAR
November 2 16:30 – 18:00 Main Forum I – Food Security
  • Shenggen Fan, CGIAR
  • Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, CGIAR
November 3 09:30 – 10:15

Opening Ceremony

  • Appolinaire Djikeng, ILRI
November 3 11:00 – 12:30 Main Forum II – Agrifood System Transformation
  • Patrick Caron, CGIAR
November 3 13:40 – 15:00 Main Forum III – Climate Change
  • Juan Lucas Restrepo, CGIAR, the Alliance of Biodiversity International and CIAT
November 3 16:30 – 18:00 Main Forum V – Future Agrifood
  • Bram Govaerts, CIMMYT
November 3 19:00 – 20:30 Side event: China-Africa Food Systems Transformation Knowledge Sharing
  • Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse, IFPRI
November 4 08:30 – 12:00 Sub-Forum on Empowering Livestock and Aquatic Sectors Through Innovations
  • Appolinaire Djikeng, ILRI
  • Essam Yassin Mohammed, WorldFish, CGIAR
November 4 13:30 – 15:00 Final Closing Session
  • Simon Heck, CIP, CGIAR
  • Essam Yassin Mohammed, WorldFish, CGIAR

More information will be added as additional details become available.

Header photo by Guo Zhong Hua