April 2-3, 2019 | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hosted by AgReach and ACES Office of International Programs
What enables institutions to better address the growing challenges of food security? What strengthens organizations and programs that support institutional capacity building?
The 5th International Food Security Symposium: "Building Institutional Capacity for Food Security" aims to answer these key questions and exhibit innovative ways to go beyond training to strengthen organizations and programs.
This year's symposium is centered around 4 key themes: Theories of Institutional Change, Building Capacity in Research, Building Extension Capacity, and Strengthening Higher Education Institutions. The range of topics to explore within these themes is broad, including, but not limited to the following:
- Measurement and Evidence
- Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning
- Replicability, Scalability, and Sustainability
- Utilization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
- Learning from mistakes
in institutional capacity development.
Dr. Ed Laws [Senior Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)] - Towards a More Politically-Informed Approach
Ashok Gulati [Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture, Indian Council on Research on International Economic Relations] - Making India Hunger Free: Role of Institutions and Innovations
Dr. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie [Associate Professor, Dept. of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University]
Tuesday April 2
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to Strengthen Institutions for Food Security
Simrin Makhija [Research Associate, International Food Policy Research Institute] - Accelerating Technical Change Through Video-Mediated Agricultural Extension: Evidence from Ethiopia
Fiona Mwaniki [Kilimo Media International] - Agriculture Extension by Radio: Experiences from Semi-Arid Kenya
AgReach [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] - Exploring Videos for Extension: Experiences from the Field
Approaches to Building Capacity in Research and Extension
Anna Snider [Land O' Lakes] - Building Capacity in Extension: Co-creation of Gender Training Materials
Peter Goldsmith [USAID Soybean Innovation Lab] - Experiences from the Soybean Innovation Lab
Strengthening Higher Education Institutions
Richard Cooke [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] - Capacity Development in Agricultural Engineering at Njala University
Oladele Idowu [Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Ethiopia] - Need assessment for mid-career value chain based curriculum for agricultural extension in Njala University Sierra Leone
Kathryn Lincoln [University of California-Davis] - Experiences of the UC-Davis RIFA program
Hitomi Ho [AgReach] - Strengthening Partnerships for Higher Education: The SPHEIR Approach
Wednesday April 3
Research Informing Institutional Approaches to Agricultural Development
Sarah Brown [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] - Using Network Analysis to Advance Understanding and Integration of Knowledge Domains in Agroforestry Research
Simrin Makhija [International Food Policy Research Institute] - Internationally Comparable Metrics for Agricultural Extension: Potential Indicators, Data Sources, and Emerging Patterns
Hope Michelson [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] - When Does Information Make a Difference? A Field Experiment With Farm-Specific Soil Information in Tanzania
Jitter Talks - Lightning Talks with Coffee
Mulako Kabisa [Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute] - Best Practice for Using Nutrition and Gender Measurement Tools in Zambia
Maria Jones [Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium] - Assessing Early-Stage Agricultural Technologies for Gender Sensitivity
Nicole Lee [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] - Addressing the Gap: Numeracy Levels of Extensionists
Paul McNamara [AgReach] - Mobile Strengthening Tools: Apps for Agricultural Development
Instructions for Abstract Submission:
- Limit your abstract to 500 words summarizing the content of your proposed presentation.
- Include a succinct title and list all authors, with contact details for the corresponding author.
- Indicate your preference for poster, seminar or shift and share style of presentation
Submit your abstract as a Word document, attached via email to Megan Davis at mbdavis3@Illinois.edu.
- In the subject line write: “Abstract for IFSI 2019 – submitted by [your last name, first name] on [date]”
- Submission deadline: January 15, 2019
Notifications on denial/acceptance (with follow-up instructions) will be sent out in early February 2019.
Lodging Information - Available Early February.
Accepted abstracts will be available early February.