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Sustainable and productive farming systems: Shared interests in Africa and Australia - Dr Brian Keating, Director, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Sustainable …

Sustainable and productive farming systems: Shared interests in Africa and Australia - Dr Brian Keating, Director, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Sustainable Agriculture Flagship

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  • PANEL 1 – Sustainable and productive farming systems (55 mins) Short film (4 mins)Investing in small-holder farmer agriculture is the one of the most effective ways to meet the food security and livelihood needs of SSA. Prof Agnes Mwang’ombe, CGIAR Consortium Board, Creating an enabling environment for sustainable and productive small-holder farming systems in Africa. Why farming systems? African achievements to dateMajor farming system challenges, the role technologies and innovations can play in optimising productivity – intensification or diversification or both? Role of smallholder farmers, looming impacts of climate changeWhat are the major research gaps and where could the AIFSC usefully invest Dr Jimmy Smith, Director General, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)Importance of livestock and animal sourced food for nutrition, food security and gender supportTransformative agricultural partnerships and the roles of smallholder farmers in those partnerships; The importance of the private sector in providing ‘safety nets’ for livestock keepers – the case of IBLIHow to provide smallholder farmers with the skills, support and inputs they need – dairy hubs in east AfricaAddressing livestock trade-offs for food securityDr Brian Keating, Director, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Sustainable Agriculture Flagship Australian experience (and comparative advantage) in building a sustainable agriculture sector in a challenging environment (climate variability, large distance to markets, poor soils and scarce resources, trade barriers etc). Role of smallholder farmers, building resilience and shifting from subsistence to semi-commercial (Australian and Africa examples)Key lessons from west and east African work for AIFSC program developmentDr MulugettaMekuria, Senior Scientist, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and SIMLESA Project Leader Addressing the yield gap with small holder farmers (Green revolution)Lessons from the SIMLESA approach – conservation agriculture, intensification, in-country management, spillover, research leverageAchieving strong, effective adoption pathways Interface with the AIFSC?? On ground perspectives?Moderator – Dr John Dixon, Principal Regional Coordinator for South and West Asia and Africa, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
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    • 1. Sustainable and productive farming systemsShared interests in Africa and AustraliaBrian Keating
    • 2. Sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to not only feed itself but toexport food and other agricultural products to a world in whichfood security is a growing challenge2 | AIFSC Conference 30 November | Brian Keating
    • 3. • Barriers are complex and long-standing, extending well beyond adapted agricultural technologies and practices• Include markets, institutions, food value chains, nutrition and health outcomes of food systems and wider issues of economic development 3 | AIFSC Conference 30 November | Brian Keating
    • 4. A systems approach is critical and new ways of stimulatinginnovation in the public and private sectors are needed4 | AIFSC Conference 30 November | Brian Keating
    • 5. Inclusive Market DevelopmentWoodhill, et al 2012. From islands of success to seas of change: a report on scaling inclusive agri-food markets.Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR . 5 | AIFSC Conference 30 November | Brian Keating
    • 6. Lifting agricultural output from Africa (and Australia) must also halt and reverse land degradation, be achieved with minimal new greenhouse gas emissions and successfully adapt to the challenge of climate change.6 | AIFSC Conference 30 November | Brian Keating
    • 7. EquatorAustralia and Africa share manycommon agricultural challenges:limiting soils, highly variable climates,many common pests and diseases andsimilar crops, pastures and animals intropical/sub-tropical farming systems. 7 | AIFSC Conference 30 November | Brian Keating
    • 8. Homology with northern Australia8 | AIFSC Conference 30 November | Brian Keating
    • 9. Scientists from Australia and Africa have a common interest in partnerships that address these shared challenges.9 | AIFSC Conference 30 November | Brian Keating
    • 10. We have much to gain by working together biosciences eastern and central africa 10 | AIFSC Conference 30 November | Brian Keating
    • 11. Partnering for innovation and impact • Science as a stimulus for innovation, not a replacement • Sustainably building African institutions and science capability & leadership under CAADP 11 | AIFSC Conference 30 November | Brian Keating
    • 12. Thank youSustainable Agriculture FlagshipDr Brian KeatingDirectort +61 7 3833 5632e brian.keating@csiro.auw www.csiro.au/SAF

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