Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 12:00 - 15:00
The World Bank, Room MC13-121
1818 H Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20433
The Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora (AAAPD)
cordially invites you to a
Luncheon Panel Discussion on
Accelerating Africa's Agricultural Development:
Leveraging Knowledge, Innovation & Resources through Collaboration
A light lunch will be served 11:45am. Limited Space. Please RSVP to email@example.com
by COB Wednesday, July 22, 2010. Please forward to your colleagues and friends.
12:00pm - Welcome - Edith Ssempala, Senior Advisor, Partnerships & Head, Global Civil Society Team, The World Bank – Moderator
12:05pm - Opening Remarks - The African Diaspora: Turning Latent Skills and Knowledge into Engines of Africa's Economic Growth & Development – Richard Cambridge, Manager, Capacity Development Management Action Plan (CDMAP) Unit, The World Bank
12:15pm - Keynote Address - New Opportunities for Improving Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa's Development – Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development & Director of Science, Technology & Globalization Project, Harvard University
12:30pm - First Panel on Strengthening Partnership Between African Diaspora and International Public, Private and Civil Sector Institutions:
- Key Challenges and Opportunities Facing Africans in the Diaspora - Peter Jeranyama, President - AAAPD/Assistant Professor, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Strengthening Collaboration between US and African Agricultural Universities: A long-Term Strategy for Development - David Hansen, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State Univ & Senior Fellow, Association for Public Land-grant Universities
- Collaborating to Move African Agriculture Forward - Pauline Simmons, Policy Coordination and Planning, Office of Capacity Building and Development, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA
1:15pm - Second Panel on Leveraging Skills, Knowledge and Resources for Africa's Agricultural Development: Opportunities and Lessons Learned
- Major Challenges and Opportunities Facing Africa's Smallholder Farmers - Lawrencia Adams-Simpson, Team Leader, Ghana Research and Advocacy Program and 2010 Ray Almeida Fellow
- Opportunities for Private Sector Investments in Improving Agricultural Nutrition – Jane Mutatu, Bashan Nutrifoods, Zimbabwe
-Strengthening and Diversifying Entrepreneurial Skills Among African Smallholder Farmers - Norman Looney, President, International Society for Horticultural Science & Board Chair, Global Horticulture Initiative
- Providing Leadership in Human and Institutional Capacity Building: The US Experience and Potential for Application in Africa – David Acker, Assoc. Dean of Academic & Global Programs, Iowa State University
- Increasing Investments in Science, Technology and Agriculture in Africa: Past Lessons and Guide to the Future – David Nielson, The World Bank
2:00pm - Question & Answers
2:45pm - Launching AAAPD Website & Next Steps
3:00pm - Event Adjourns
This event is hosted by the Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora (AAAPD), a new organization whose primary objective is to improve Africa's human and institutional capacity for food security and agricultural development by: (1) mobilizing African professionals and "friends of Africa" to partner with African institutions and help catalyze Africa's agricultural transformation through shared information, technology and skills, and (2) encourage increased public and private investments in Africa's agriculture in a way that enhances smallholder farm productivity and rural business development across the continent.
Currently, AAAPD is funded through a grant received by Iowa State University from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
To learn more about AAAPD and to join our growing membership community, please visit our web portal
. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Peter Jeranyama, President AAAPD Inc at firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 508-295-2212 ext 29.
Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora
50 Elm St, Suite #2, Worcester, MA 01609