2021 Conference

Transform: Toward sustainable and resilient food systems in Africa

Conference Preview Videos

1) Prof Peter Quartey, Executive Director of ISSER, Host Institute. Click here to watch this video.
2) Prof Isaac Kanyama, Research Fellow, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES), Universite de Kinshasha, DRC, ReNAPRI Network Institute. Click here to watch this video
3) Executive Director’s message to Conference Delegates. Click here to watch this video.
4) Emily Weeks joins us in inviting you to #ReNAPRI2021. Click here to watch this video.

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Wednesday, November 17th 2021
11h00 – 12h30 Opening Remarks and Welcome

Prof. Peter Quartey
Director, ISSER

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Miltone Ayieko
Chair, ReNAPRI Board of Directors

Ms. Alexious Butler
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security

Dr. Agnes Kalibata
President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Alain Sy Traoré
Director of Agriculture & Rural Development, Economic Community of West African
States (ECOWAS)

Prof. Daniel Ofori
Provost, College of Humanities, University of Ghana

Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo
Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana

H.E. Amb. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko
Commissioner for DARBE, African Union Commission

Hon.Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto
Minister for Food and Agriculture, Government of Ghana

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12h45 – 14h15 Webinar 1: High-level panel on sustainable and resilient food systems in Africa

Winston Amoah
Host, Super Morning Show, Joy Fm

Chance Kabaghe
Executive Director, IAPRI and Board Member ReNAPRI

Prof. Thom Jayne
University Foundation Professor, Michigan State University and Board
Member, ReNAPRI

Prof. Pedro Sanchez
Research Professor of Tropical Soils, University of Florida

Dr. Ousmane Badiane
Executive Chairman, AKADEMIYA2063

Nana Ekua Edugyanmaa I Nyifahenmaa
Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council

Dr. Charles Okyere
Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, University of

Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo
Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)

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14h30 – 15h00 Webinar 2: Launch of ReNAPRI strategic plan and website

Dr. Nalishebo Meebelo
Executive Director, ReNAPRI Secretariat

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Thursday November 18th 2021

11h00 – 12h30 Webinar 3: Opportunities for building resilience of African farming systems

Dr. Antony Chapoto
Research Director: Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), (ReNAPRI)

Setting the Stage:
Dr. John Olwande
Research Fellow, Tegemeo Institute at Egerton University, (ReNAPRI)

Panelists Discussion:
Dr. Sampson Agyin-Birikorang
Senior Scientist, International Fertilizer Development Center(IFDC)

Prof. Richard Mkandawire
Africa Director of the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP), and Chairperson,
Malawi Planning Commission

Dr. Maria Wanzala
Director of Policy, AFAP

Eugene Rurangwa
Land and Water Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Sub
Regional Office for West Africa

Dr. Shamie Zingore
Director of Research and Development, African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI)

Dr. Fred Dzanku
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research

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12h45 – 14h15 Webinar 4: Going beyond the farm: achieving resilience in downstream agrifood systems

Prof. Ferdi Meyer
Managing Director, Bureau of Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), (ReNAPRI)

Setting the Scene:
Lulama Ndibongo Traub
Research Director, BFAP, South Africa (ReNAPRI)

Panelists Discussion:
Dr. Edward Mabaya
Research Professor, Department of Global Development, Cornell University

Wandile Sihlobo
Chief Economist, Agribusiness Chamber of South Africa

Louise de Klerk
CEO, Timbali Technology Incubator

Ify Umunna
Co-CEO, Nourishing Africa

Gerald Masila
CEO, East African Grain Council (EAGC)

Betty Kibaara
Director, Food Initiative Africa, Rockefeller Foundation

Dr. Daniel Adu Ankrah
Lecturer, Department of Extension, University of Ghana

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14h30 – 16h00 Webinar 5: Towards resilient, sustainable, transformed African food systems

Prof. Richard Mkandawire
Africa Director, Alliance for African Partnership (AAP), and
Chairperson of the Malawi Planning Commission

Setting the Scene:
Prof. Thom Jayne
University Foundation Professor, Michigan State University

Panelists Discussion:
Dr. Louise Fox
Non-resident Senior Fellow, Africa Growth Initiative Brookings Institution

Prof. Soji Adelaja
John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy, Department of
Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics Michigan State University

Boaz Keizire
Head Policy and Advocacy
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Dr. Nick Sitko
Senior Economist
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Prof. Kevin Chika Urama
Acting Vice President and Chief Economist, African Development Bank
Dr. Richard Ayisi
Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of GhanaSession Video

16h15 – 17h15 Closing: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward

Dr. Nalishebo Meebelo
Executive Director – ReNAPRI Secretariat

Dr. Andrew Agyei-Holmes
Research Fellow, ISSER

Dr. Miltone Ayieko
Chairman: Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI)

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Side Events

Thursday November 18th 2021

9h00 – 10h00 Side Event 1: APRA – Inclusive agricultural commercialization: lessons from Ghana and Nigeria

Dr. John Thompson
CEO, Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) Programme

Prof. Joseph Awetori Yaro
Professor of Human Geography, University of Ghana

Prof. Adebayo B. Aromolaran
Professor of Agricultural & Development Economics, Adekunle Ajasin University

Dr. Fred Dzanku
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana

Prof. Joseph Teye
Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana

Dr. Oluwafunmiso Adeola Olajide
Senior Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan

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Friday November 19th 2021

8h00 – 9h30 Side Event 2:  FANRPAN – Building integrated and inclusive climate-smart, nutrition-secure pathways in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ms Sithembile Mwamakamba
AFRICAP Regional Policy Officer and FANRPAN Director of Policy Research and Analysis

Dr. Tshilidzi Madzivhandila
FANRPAN CEO and Head of Mission

Mr. Ian Mashingaidze
iFEED Regional Coordinator

Dr. Andrew Jamali
Research Manager- National Planning Commission (NPC), Malawi

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9h45 – 11h15 Side Event 3: FCTA – Regional Trade as a driver for sustainable food systems transformation in Africa

Daniel Njiwa
Head, Regional Food Trade, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)


Richard Choularton
Director, Agriculture and Economic Growth Tetra Tech

Dr. Catherine Nakalembe
Associate Research Professor, University of Maryland NASA Harvest Africa

Ziad Hamoui
National President, Ghana Borderless Alliance

Sean Shiels
Trade, Export Trading Group (ETG)

Dr. Martin Fregene
Director of Agriculture and Agro-Industry, African Development Bank

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11h30 – 13h00 Side Event 4: STAAARS (+) – Cohort Research Outputs

Prof. Chris Barrett
Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University

Marcel Vitouley
Research Assistant,Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE) African School of Economics

Dr. Birhan Sisay Demissie
Assistant Professor Institute of Disaster Risk Management & Food Security Studies, Bahir Dar University

Mouhamed Rassoul Sy
Data Analyst, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Blessing Atwine
Research Analyst, Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) Uganda

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13h15 – 14h45 Side Event 5: ISSER – Agricultural Finance in the Context of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA)

Dr Richmond Atta-Ankomah
Research Fellow, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research(ISSER)

Kwesi Korboe
Agribusiness Consultant

King David Amoah
National Coordinator, ECASARD (Ecumenical Association For Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development)

Dr. Alhassan Yakubu
Former Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Government of Ghana

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15h00 – 16h30 Side Event 6: R2P – Peer Learning Panel on Effective Policy Outreach Strategies

Dr. Kristin Davis
Senior Research Fellow, Development Strategy and GovernanceDivision (DSGD),
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


Prof. David Tschirley
Professor, Department of Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
Director, USAID Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research, Capacity, and Influence (PRCI)

Dr. Swaibu Mbowa
Senior Research Fellow, Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC), Uganda

Aika Aku
Assistant lecturer, Department of Food and Resource Economics (DeFRE) Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) Tanzania

Dr. Cheickh Sadibou
Research Fellow, Bureau d’Analyses Macro-Economiques, Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA-BAME)

Dr. Benjamin Olusegun Oyelami
Communication officer, Innovation Lab for Policy Leadership in Agriculture and Food security (PiLAF), University of Ibadan Nigeria

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