Presentations and speakers

Speaker Position Presentations
H.E. David Usher Canadian Ambassador of Canada to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union

Ambassador Usher worked in the field of development in Nigeria, Malawi, Haiti and the Philippines in the non-governmental sector.

Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda Chief Executive Officer, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is the Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).

Dr Jean Lebel
President International Development Research Centre, International Development Research Centre, Canada

Jean Lebel was appointed President of IDRC on May 1, 2013. As President, Jean leads the Centre's contributions to Canada's development, foreign policy and global innovation efforts.

Opening session: Notes of speech - CIFSRF overview and objectives of the Dialogue
H.E. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime Africa Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture

Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace is the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union.

Opening session: Welcome address
Hon. Dr. Akinwumi Adesina Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria

Dr. Adesina is a distinguished agricultural development expert with 24 years of global experience in developing and managing successful agricultural programs.

Session 1: Key note address by Dr. Akinwami Adesina, Honourable Minister of Agriculture of Nigeria

Dr. Dominique Charron Director, Agriculture and Environment, IDRC, Canada

As Acting Director of IDRC's Agriculture and Environment program, Dominique Charron oversees research that seeks to increase agricultural productivity as well as food and water security while ensuring environmental sustainability.

Session 1: Making a difference through research
Dr Yemi Akinbande Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa

Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo is the Executive Director of FARA and Dr. Akinbamijo, a Nigerian national, has spent the past 28 years of his career in Africa and Europe working in the International Agriculture, food security and Rural Development domain.

Session 1: Making Research Work for the Poor: New Trends in Agricultural Research
Dr. Jennifer Thomson Emeritus Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Jennifer (PhD Rhodes) is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town.

Session 2: Cutting Edge Science for Impact in Agriculture in Africa

Dr Lorne Babiuk Vice President Research, University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Lorne Babiuk is an internationally recognized leader in Canadian vaccine research who has devoted his career to Canadian-based research aimed at safeguarding the health of people and animals at home and abroad.

Dr K.S. Subramanian Tamil Nandu Agricultural University, India

Dr. K. Subramanian is a Professor at the Department of Nano Science & Technology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India. He has more than 25 years of research and teaching experiences in TNAU and expertise in the fields of nanotechnology in agriculture and soil biology.

Session 2: Enhanced Preservation of Fruits using Nanotechnology
Dr Apollinaire Djikeng Director Biosciences for Eastern and Central Africa, Kenya

Appolinaire Djikeng is the Director of the BecA - ILRI Hub. In this role, Djikeng ensures key responsibilities are met including the implementation of the BecA - ILRI Hub Business Plan and realization of the Hub's mission of improving the livelihoods of resource - poor people in Africa through the development and use of new technologies and strategies for sustaining agricultural production, improving human health, and conserving the environment.

Session 2: Research to Feed Africa - Cutting Edge Science for Impact
Dr Khalid Bomba CEO Agricultural Transformation Agency, Ethiopia

Khalid Bomba is the Chief Executive Office of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency. The Agency is an initiative of the Government of Ethiopia, established by federal regulation to promote agricultural sector transformation in Ethiopia by identifying solutions to systemic bottlenecks in key program areas.

Session 3: Bridging Research and Development Practice

Prof. Clement Adeeboye
Osun State University, Nigeria

Odunayo Clement Adebooye, a Nigerian, is the Director of Research and Linkages at the Osun State University, Osogbo-Nigeria and also the Ambassador Scientist of the Germany Humboldt Foundation. Adebooye is a Professor of Agronomy/Plant Physiology and a holder of PhD from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Session 3: "Win-Win" entry points for Research and Development: Indigenous Vegetables Research in Nigeria
Dr. Timothy Green
University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Green's research interests lie broadly in the area of vitamins. His specific research interests include folic acid and the prevention of birth defects, the consequences of high homocysteine, and the assessment of vitamin D status in various population groups.

Session 3: Integration of small-scale aquaculture with HFP for improved household food security and nutrition in rural Cambodia
Dr. Carol Henry
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. Carol J. Henry is an Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan. She received her MSc in Food Systems Administration from Loma Linda University, California, and a MEd and PhD (Education, policy) from the University of Western Ontario.

The CIFSRF –HU/UofS Story, 1 September 2014
Dr Julio Berdegue Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural, Chile

Dr. Julio A. Berdegué is Principal Researcher at Rimisp - Latin American Center for Rural Development, Santiago, Chile. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Science from Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Session 4: Addressing scale through policy change

Dr Marco Ferroni Executive Director Syngeta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

Marco Ferroni is Executive Director of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. The Foundation's mission is to modernize agriculture and small-scale farming by the route of sustainable intensification, diversification and links to markets.

Ms Mellisa Woods Global Program Manager and Director, Australian International Food Security Research Centre, Australia

Ms Mellissa Wood is ACIAR's Ge neral Manager, Global Program and D irector of the Australian International Food Security Research Centre (Food Security Centre).

Prof. Dr. Ir. Jean Jacques Mbonigaba Muhinda
Director General of Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB)

Dr. Jean Jacques Mbonigaba Muhinda is an MSc and PhD holder, both obtained in Belgium (Gembloux Agriculture University) in Agricultural Sciences and Biological Engineering, with specialization in Soil Sciences.

Session 4: Tacking Research to Scale & Impact
Dr Stephen McGurk Vice President for Programme and Partnerships, International Development Research Centre, Canada

A trained economist and Sinologist, Stephen McGurk has spent more than three decades studying Asia's rural development. Prior to acting as Vice - President, McGurk was the Director of IDRC's Agriculture and Environment program.

Ms Jane Karuku President Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Kenya

As the President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Ms. Jane Karuku oversees one of Africa's largest grant - making organizations in the food security and agricultural development sector.

Closing session: Closing Remarks from Jane Karuku, AGRA President

Amy Baker

Head of Development Cooperation for Ethiopia, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

Amy Baker has worked for the Government of Canada for 15 years, the last nine of those in the international development field.  She has held her current position in Ethiopia for two years.  Ethiopia is a country of focus for Canadian development assistance - prioritising initiatives to promote food security and agricultural growth.

Closing session:

Closing Remarks at the African Green Revolution Forum Event, 'Research to Feed Africa Policy Dialogue'

Dr Pascal Sanginga

Senior Program Specialist, Agriculture and Food Security

As a social scientist, Pascal Sanginga has conducted research on agriculture and natural resource management for development in sub-Saharan Africa for over 15 years. Before joining IDRC in 2007, Sanginga worked for the International Centre of Tropical Agriculture in eastern, southern, and central Africa, conducting research in participatory natural resource management, rural innovation systems, and gender. He was also a research fellow at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria, where he studied the social impacts of agricultural innovations. Sanginga holds a PhD in rural sociology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.