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Economic Science for Rural Development

24. April 2014 -
25. April 2014

Jelgava, Latvia

15th International Conference

In collaboration with the Latvia Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences and the Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists 

Growing Together – Family Farming and Agricultural Sciences Transforming World Food Systems

5. May 2014 -
8. May 2014

Vienna, Austria

The AGRINATURA Science Days assemble researchers and practitioners concerned with family farming, food security and transformative change in one single forum. They offer a unique opportunity for dialoguing, learning, networking and exploring new research and higher education partnerships. Results of the Science Days contribute to the AGRINATURA strategy and support the International Year of Family Farming.

Impact Assessment of Agricultural Research

5. May 2014 -
1. June 2014


FAO is one of nine partners participating in a project on the Impact of Research on EU Agriculture (IMPRESA), funded by the European Union (EU) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). In this recently-launched project, FAO is leading work package 1 (on Concept Development and Learning), which has as one of its main aims the establishment of a common framework to update concepts and methodologies for impact assessment of agricultural research. As part of the work package's activities, we are happy to announce that FAO will host a moderated e-mail conference about impact assessment of agricultural research.

IFPRI 2020 Conference on Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security

14. May 2014 -
17. May 2014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Poor countries and vulnerable people are being hit by a barrage of economic, environmental, and political shocks, and these shocks are becoming more frequent and intense. There is a general understanding that building resilience means helping individuals, households, communities, and countries prepare for, cope with, and recover from such shocks. However, there is far less understanding about resilience within the context of food and nutrition security.

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and its 2020 Vision Initiative, along with partners, are organizing an international conference on “Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security” to be held on May 15-17, 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The global conference is the centerpiece of a two-year global consultative process.

International Conference on Agriculture, Food and Urbanizing Society

15. May 2014 -
16. May 2014

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The 2014 International Conference on Agriculture, Food and Urbanizing Society aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of  Agriculture, Food and Urbanizing Society, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

System Innovation towards Sustainable Agriculture

22. May 2014 -
23. May 2014

Paris, France

An international meeting supporting the development of a research-policy network ; 15 to 20 papers ; Contributions by discussants and proceedings from two harvesting sessions ; An edited book and/or a special issue of a scientific journal of the papers and discussions (provided that the quality of the contributions is sufficiently high) ; A policy report with the main findings of the workshop tuned in a Platform like white paper.

The Role of the Professional Extensionist in Sustainable Agricultural Development

10. June 2014 -
12. June 2014

George, South Africa

The global agricultural landscape is changing due to various reasons. Two of the main reasons are climate change and food security. In South Africa the National Development Plan has been developed to address these and other challenges in the country. The conference theme seeks to find out what the role of the Extensionist is in this changing environment and what his/her contribution will be to have a meaningful impact. Also what are the needs of the Extensionist to enable him/her to make a meaningful impact? 

Taking all this in account the conference is encouraging papers which can answer these questions.

ICT`s Improving Family Farming

16. June 2014 -
18. June 2014

Villach, Austria

AgriFuture Days 2014

The conference will discuss the future of agriculture in the context how ICTs can contribute to improve family farming and make it more sustainable, resilient and profitable. It will look at key issues in 3 areas where application and use ICTs and related technologies make a difference:

  1. Informing family farming communities

  2. Improving family farm’s production, productivity and marketing efficiencies

  3. Enabling greater resilience in family farming

53rd IALB-Congress

18. June 2014 -
20. June 2014

Tuhelj, Croatia

The topic of this year's congress is "The Role of Agricultural Advisory in new CAP Reform". This is a topic relevant for all the member states of the European Union since the EU is embarking on a new era of promoting agriculture. The Congress will be held in Terme Tuhelj, located north-west of Zagreb. We are looking forward to meet one of Southeast European country and to comparing, identifying similarities and differences, and seeing how people live and work here.

including a EUFRAS side event

4th Ruforum Biennial Regional Conference

21. July 2014 -
25. July 2014

Maputo, Mozambique

African Higher Education Week: Celebrating Contribution of Universities and Partners to Africa’s Agricultural Development’

29th International Horticultural Congress

17. August 2014 -
22. August 2014

Brisbane, Australia

The theme of the 2014 congress is 'Horticulture - sustaining lives, livelihoods and landscapes'. We've chosen this theme to highlight the unique potential of horticulture addressing the key issues of modern society - health, poverty, food production and the environment. Horticulture matters to us all, whether we are involved in research, extension, education, or servicing horticulture in commercial, amenity or environmental horticulture, in both developed or developing countries. In the spirit of scientific cooperation and sharing knowledge globally, the Congress will showcase advanced technologies that are becoming globally significant in a world with a rapidly growing population, less cultivatable land and an environment under threat.

International Conference on Asian Food Security (ICAFS) 2014

21. August 2014 -
22. August 2014


Towards Asia 2025: Policy and Technology Imperatives

Asia faces serious challenges to its food security. Changing demographics and consumption patterns, productivity decline in agriculture, degradation of natural resource base, food price volatility, rising input costs, as well as transformation of supply chains and the “supermarket phenomenon”, are but a few of these. Add to this the various anticipated short- to medium-term trends, and it becomes clear that focused efforts towards mitigating the challenges are urgently needed. 

The complexity of food security, dynamism of supply chains and the space offered by Asia’s institutional changes are creating both challenges and opportunities for the region. In light of prevailing and foreseeable trends that have direct consequences for the region’s food security, the second International Conference on Asian Food Security (ICAFS) organised by the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies will focus strongly on Asia’s response towards the thinking horizon of 2025.

Facilitating Information and Innovations for Family Farmers

2. September 2014 -
4. September 2014

Zanjan, Iran

1st International Conference of APIRAS and the 5th Congress of Extension and Education in Agriculture and NRM

Aims of the conference are:

  • To promote dialogue and exchange of practical and theoretical experiences on the situation of extension and education and RASs systems related to food security, sustainability of family farmers’ livelihoods and sustainable natural resources management

  • To understand challenges and required strategies and approaches of extension education and RASs systems for food security, the sustainability of family farmers’ livelihoods, and sustainable natural resources management

  • To enhance the status and role of extension education and RASs systems for empowering farmers, cooperatives and producer organizations

  • Identification, documentation and sharing lessons learned and successful experiences of  the role of producer organizations, private sector, NGOs and government in extension education and RASs systems, particularly for providing their services to small scale family farmers

  • To provide advocacy for taking the attention of policy makers, managers, and scholars to redefine the status of family farming in agricultural development main policies

  • To analyze local, national and international strategies for supporting family farming


    5th GFRAS Annual Meeting 2014 Argentina

    22. September 2014 -
    27. September 2014

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    The 5th GFRAS Annual Meeting 2014 will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 23 - 26 September, with side events on 22 and 27 September. 

    More information on this page as available.

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