The World Food Prize Foundation

2018 Side Events

Emerging Technologies for Enhancing Agricultural Productivity and Food Security in Africa

10/17/2018 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Salons A & B, 2nd Floor | Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Dr. Karim Maredia

Agricultural productivity and food security remain critical major issues facing African governments. Africa's population is expected to double and rise to 2.5 billion in 2050. Despite the deployment of numerous interventions, the agricultural productivity in Africa remains low. Research has indicated that new and emerging technologies have enormous potential to address prevailing agricultural productivity and other food security related problems. This distinguished panel will highlight the role of emerging technologies in addressing agricultural productivity challenges and will share recommendations of the African Union (AU) High Level Panel on Emerging Technologies for achieving sustainable development goals.


Distinguished Panel

Prof. Gassama Yaye Kene- National Academy of Sciences, Senegal

Dr. Denis Kyetere- African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF), Kenya

Dr. Jeremy Ouedraogo- AU/NEPAD African Biosafety Network of Expertise, Senegal

Dr. Kiran Sharma- International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India

Dr. Douglas Buhler- Michigan State University, USA

Dr. Jim Gaffney- Corteva Agriscience, Dow-DuPont, USA

Dr. Mark Edge- Bayer U.S. Crop Science, USA

Moderator: Dr. Karim Maredia- Michigan State University, USA


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