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Global Nutrition Symposium

APRIL 25-26, 2019 | KATHMANDU, NEPAL

farmers Nepal

Introduction

In collaboration with national partners in the focal countries, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems conducts annual Global Nutrition Symposia as one of two premier multi-stakeholder knowledge sharing platforms for participatory priority development, dialogue, and research to development linkages, to ensure that the Lab’s research has practical relevance and leads to solid developmental impacts. The event is held in a different country every year, and the Lab is delighted that the Government of Nepal, specifically the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, is hosting the event in Kathmandu this year.

Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative, supports over 20 Innovation Labs that leverage research partnerships between US universities and foreign institutions to improve food and nutrition security, agriculture-led economic growth and resilience in target countries.

All Innovation Labs contribute to improving human nutrition in various countries around the world. In Nepal, for example, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition has been particularly active and holds an annual Scientific Symposium on Agriculture - Nutrition pathways. Similarly, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems has been holding Global Nutrition Symposia for the last three years in different countries, and these focus on increasing production and consumption of animal-source foods to improve nutrition, health and incomes. These symposia align with the vision of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems to sustainably intensify smallholder livestock systems in order to improve the nutrition, health, livelihoods and incomes of the poor.

This third Global Nutrition Symposium will bring together ministers and other key policy-makers, researchers, public and private sector extensionists, producer organizations, as well as university administrators, to discuss the global relevance of research-extension linkages for improving human nutrition and livestock production. We will share promising examples of how partnerships between researchers and various types of extension and advisory service providers can increase the production and consumption of nutritious animal-source foods (ASF). Together, we will develop actionable strategies to bridge gaps to improve nutrition, health, and economic outcomes especially for women and children.  The Symposium will highlight pathways for connecting research and extension services provided by the public and private sectors as well as civil society in different countries to foster more effective research delivery and diffusion through partnership with extension and advisory services in developing countries.

Objectives and Outcomes:

At the completion of the symposium, participants will

  • understand the importance of invigorating partnerships between research and extension for improving human nutrition and livestock productivity,
  • obtain a broad global perspective of different experiences to achieve this goal, and,
  • jointly identify innovative strategies and mechanisms, public-private pathways to better connect livestock research with extension and livestock production with human nutrition
  • develop country-focused action plans to enhance human nutrition through better research to extension linkages

Draft Agenda / Schedule

Thursday, April 25

8:00 am: Registration and sign in

Session I

Opening of the Symposium

8:30 am

Chairs: Dr. Bimal Kumar Nirmal Director General of Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, MoALD and Dr. Bill Weldon, External Advisory Board

  • Bimal Kumar Nirmal, Director General of Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, MoALD
  • Adegbola Adesogan, Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems: University of Florida, UF
  • Shubh N. Mahato, Country Director, Heifer International
  • Sam Thevasagayam, Deputy Director, Global Development at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Nick Place, Dean and Director of University of Florida/IFAS Extension
  • Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist, USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security
  • Amy Tohill-Stull, Mission Director, USAID/Nepal (TBC)
  • Prakash Mathema, Secretary for Livestock, MoALD (TBC)
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development

10:00 am

Nutrition-sensitive livestock research and how partnerships with extension can support income and nutrition

  • Dr. Sarah McKune, Department of Environmental and Global Health, UF

Session II

Frameworks, definitions, and context

11:00 am

Chair: Kristen MacNaughtan, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, External Advisory Board

  • Sebastian Galindo, Assistant Professor Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, University of Florida
  • Brian Myers, Head, Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, University of Florida

Session III

Sharing models for improving human nutrition and incomes through effective livestock research and extension partnerships

Models: Country level and systems perspective

 11:30 am

Chair: Dr. Joyce Turk, International Livestock Development Independent Consultant, and EAB member 

  • Explore systems perspective and policy implications for focus countries. Discussions led by high level ministry and academic representatives from Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Niger, and Rwanda.
 11:30 am 

Nepal             

  • Ministry of Family and Child Welfare (or Ministry of Health): Early childhood nutrition issues in Nepal
  • Mr Prakash Mathema Secretary Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, MoALD
  • Yubak Dhoj G. C. Secretary for Agriculture and Food Safety, MoALD
  • Ishwari Prasad Dhakal, Vice Chancellor Agriculture and Forestry University, AFU
 12:15 pm

USA: Origins of the U.S. Land Grant system, how it continues to evolve, and how it serves the increasing demand for food and nutrition education

  • Saqib Mukhtar, Associate Dean for Extension, Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
  • Nick Place, Dean and Director of University of Florida/IFAS Extension

1:45 pm

Chair: Dr. Harinder Makkar, International Consultant and Adjunct Professor at University of Hohenheim, and EAB member 

India

  • Dr. Mahesh Chander, Indian Council of Agricultural Science, Livestock Extension
2:00 pm      

Korea                                             

  • Dr. Sam Churl Kim, Gyeongsang National University, Department of Animal Science

2:15 pm

Regional panel discussion sessions led by high level ministry and academic representatives in response to the question:

What would it take to have a seamless integration of nutrition, research, and extension in your country and to achieve the vision of ending malnutrition and stunting?

2:20 pm

Ethiopia & Rwanda & Cambodia   

Moderator: Dr. Zeleke Mekuriaw, International Livestock Research Institute, ILRI

  • Laetitia Nyinawamwiza, Principal, University of Rwanda, College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
  • Yousuf Jemal, Acting President, Haramaya University
  • Diriba Geleti, Deputy Director, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
  • Kim Savoeun, Deputy Director General, General Directorate of Animal Health and Production Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
2:40 pm 

Burkina Faso & Niger

Moderators: Dr. Moctar Karimou, Mercy Corps Niger and Dr. Larbi Asamoah, Senior Adviser, Agriculture and Food Security, Universal Developers Consultancy and EAB member

Panelists:

  • Issa Sawadogo, DGPA, Ministère des Ressources Animales et Halieutiques, Burkina Faso
  • Valérie Bougouma-Yaméogo, Research Director, Université de Nazi Boni, Institut du Développement Rural, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
  • Monsieur Mahaman Sani, Abdou Secrétaire Général Haut Commissariat à l'Initiative 3N Haut Commissariat à l'Initiative 3N, Niger
  • Bangana Ibrahim, Conseiller Technique du Ministre d'Etat, Ministre de l'Agriculture et de l'Elevage, Niger
3:00 pm

Showcase of posters from Nepal

Session III

Sharing models for improving human nutrition and incomes through effective livestock research and extension partnerships (contd.)

Models – Case Studies

3:30 pm

Chair: Iain Wright, ILRI, External Advisory Board Deputy Director General for Research and Development–Integrated Sciences International Livestock Research Institute ILRI

Sharing specific examples of supporting improved nutrition by building partnerships between research and extension. Success factors, challenges faced, and lessons learned. Speakers are asked to talk about how to reduce stunting and how their nutrition related work brings together livestock related research and extension partnerships.

3:30 pm

Nepal – Various Examples

Heifer International

  • Elizabeth Dunn, Director of Research and Learning, Heifer International
  • Neena Joshi, Director of Programs, Heifer International Nepal
  • Heifer partner: representative from Government of Nepal

4.00 pm

Other examples from Nepal

4.30 pm 

Group work at each table:

What do we learn from the case studies, posters, and our own experience?

4.55 pm  

Wrap up for the day

  • Iain Wright and Tek Gurung, Nepal Agricultural Research Council, NARC
5.30 pm   

Reception

  • Joseph Mureithi, DDG Livestock Research, Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization, KALRO (keynote presentation)

Friday, April 26

8:00 am

Registration and sign in

8:30 am

Reflection on outcomes from yesterday

Session IV

Developing actionable strategies – within thematic groups

8:45 am

Key note presentation 

 

Working in Thematic Groups

  1. Innovative approaches to effectively link livestock research and extension practice
  2. Behavioral change communication strategies and partnerships to improve human nutrition
  3. Youth, gender, and livestock extension systems
  4. Topic – Open

11.15 am

Working group presentations and discussions in plenum

Summary statement (max 5 minutes) from each thematic area, including questions and comments from the audience

 Session V

Policy initiatives

12:00 pm

Chair: Dr. Bill Weldon, External Advisory Board

 Panel discussion

Which two of the following options are the most critical areas requiring policy change in your country and why?

  • Breaking down of institutional barriers between agriculture and nutrition
  • Breaking down institutional barriers between research and extension
  • Providing adequate funding and other incentives for conducting research and/ or improving extension
  • Ensuring continuity of important research despite changing political priorities
  • Ensuring adoption and sustaining impact of new technologies
  • Commercialization and scaling of technologies/innovations developed by researchers
  • Greater engagement of the private sector in commercializing technologies or innovations
2:00 pm      

The way forward

Chair: Dr. Nick Place, Dean and Director of University of Florida/IFAS Extension

 

Session VI    

Closing

3:00 pm             

Statements from country representatives about what they recommend key stakeholders to do differently based on what they learned here                         

  • Closing remarks by Dr. Bimal Kumar Nirmal, Director General of Department of Livestock Services, Dr. Bill Weldon and Dr. Adegbola Adesogan

Review the presentations from previous symposia:

2018 Global Nutrition Symposium2017 Global Nutrition Symposium

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