The GFAR Secretariat is pleased to announce that the Global Event for the Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research and Development (GCARD3) will be hosted by the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa, in Ekurhuleni near Johannesburg, from 5 to 8 April 2016.
Enthusiastic about the opportunity, the South African Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Honourable Mr. Senzeni Zokwana remarked that, “it is a fitting tribute to the ARC’s global stature to be awarded the right to host the GCARD3 Global Event. This event is expected to be an inclusive, participatory process and will be an opportunity to shape the future of global agricultural research.”
The Global Event, organized by GFAR and the CGIAR, will follow directly on a series of national and regional consultations carried out through 2015-2016, and will be the third such global conference bringing together hundreds of representatives from across all agriculture sectors with a stake in the future of agri-food research and innovation.
This third GCARD Conference comes at a pivotal time for global agenda-setting on development action, as the Sustainable Development Goals demand a concerted effort to eradicate poverty and hunger by 2030–challenges that can be best met by ensuring sustainable food systems and by increasing investment in agriculture. The Conference will provide a forum for those involved in the GCARD process to further engage and make commitments on working together to make agri-food research and innovation systems stronger, more effective, and more sustainable.
Read the official media release on the GCARD3 Global Event.
If you are a start-up entrepreneur, women-led enterprise or have an idea to integrate social and environmental benefits, solving pressing local issues or making significant contributions to mitigating climate change or if you need support to help establish and grow your enterprise, then you can apply for this funding.
The SEED Awards 2013 receives support from the European Union, the German Federal Ministry for theEnvironment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the government of Flanders, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the international law firm Hogan Lovells.
For the 2013 cycle, SEED will make available up to:
- 15 SEED Awards to enterprises in Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda;
- 5 SEED Awards for enterprises in South Africa;
- 3 SEED Awards for South African enterprises in the provinces of Free State, Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal;
- 10 SEED Low Carbon Awards for enterprises in Colombia, India, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam;
- 2 SEED Gender Equality Awards, for enterprises in other countries (except countries that are OECD or EU members).
You will be able to apply for a 2013 SEED Award if your enterprise:
- demonstrates entrepreneurship and innovation
- delivers economic, social and environmental benefits
- has the intention and potential to become financially sustainable
- is a partnership between different stakeholder groups
- is locally driven or locally led
- has potential for scale up or significant replication
- is in the early stages of implementation
- is in a country with a developing or emerging economy
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 12th, 2013, 23:59 Central European Time (CET).
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by Roel Leferink 11 Apr 2013 @AllAboutFeed
How to feed a population of 9.3 billion in 2050 and the staggering growth in demand for animal protein proved to be the main questions on the fourth Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC), opened this week in Sun City, South Africa.
Related topics were sustainability, science, nutrition, hygiene and latest developments in all sectors attracted 650 delegates from all around the world to the resort town in South Africa.
The three day conference is organised by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), with technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and hosted by the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association of South Africa (AFMA). The programme is paying special attention to Africa, the continent with the biggest growth potential in the feed and animal sectors.
Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize, deputy minister of Economic Development of the Republic of South Africa, urged in her opening address, that delegates to learn from each other and to recognise the “importance of technology transfer and partnerships, which are key to increase global feed and food production and food security worldwide.”
All key note speakers said they were confident the industry will be able to feed an extra 2.3 billion people worldwide. Attached to production growth through efficiency and science, fair and free trade, better distribution of the available food, investment by governments in agriculture and all, social aspects should play an important role according to many speakers. “All our efforts for a safe and sufficient food supply, fair and free trade, will not be sustainable without tackling unemployment. We must make sure we are not contributing to the problem [by being inefficient]”, said Loutjie Dunn, chairman of the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association of South Africa (AFMA).
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InfoDev, in partnership with South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, registration is open for 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship in East London, South Africa on May 28-30, 2013. The Forum’s sessions will tackle inclusive innovation, women’s entrepreneurship, mobile solutions, and more.
The Global Forum attracts around 500 – 600 business incubator managers, policy-makers, SME entrepreneurs, financiers and development agencies from all continents for a unique south-south and north-south networking and knowledge-sharing experience. The Global Forum contributes to the “wknow-how” and the “know-who” in the global innovation and entrepreneurship community. Participants come to the event to be exposed to new business models, ideas and methodologies, as well as to meet people with similar interests in other countries and other industries and to explore partnerships and capacity-building opportunities.
It will focus on enabling innovation and enterprise development for economic growth, job creation and human capital. Within the latter context, there will also be ample attention for innovative economic opportunities for women and youth.
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