Connexus Corporation is working with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Chemonics International to organize a two-day learning event and technology fair, which will highlight the broad range of technologies and approaches available to mitigate and adapt to global changes related to rural and agricultural development. The event will include a Technology Fair, where firms can showcase the latest innovations and demonstrate how they can improve lives for smallholder farmers and the rural poor, increase incomes and reduce waste. By bringing together some of the leading experts in sustainable agriculture from the private sector, governments, donors and development practitioners, we will identify ways to work together more efficiently and effectively to address global hunger and climate change.
Conference sessions will showcase competitively selected best practices through three focused themes:
• Introducing Technologies in Support of Climate Resilience: What technologies and approaches can help to reduce vulnerability and adapt to climate changes while maintaining or improving productivity? What steps are involved in introducing and scaling use of new technologies to smallholders? How can technology be used to reduce food waste, minimize use of water and chemicals, and attract youth to agribusiness? What public and private sector investments in climate change have resulted in cost savings and improved performance?
• Promoting Sustainable Natural Resource Use and Poverty Reduction: How can we balance concerns for environmental protection with poverty reduction? What actions promote climate resilience while contributing to productivity and mitigation of greenhouse gases? What can we do to promote the recovery of degraded lands and the protection of water resources and ecosystems? What types of aquaculture and fisheries offer reasonable cost protein, needed for food security? How can we reduce food waste and promote healthy nutrition? What roles have school feeding programs and public private partnerships had in reducing childhood stunting?
• Using Digital Platforms to Facilitate Agricultural Knowledge & Finance: How can we forge and strengthen links between rural smallholders and their access to agricultural knowledge and financial services? How can technology be used to facilitate climate resilient actions? How can community-based investment funds be linked to the formal financial system to expand financial inclusion to rural and vulnerable populations? What innovative technologies are being implemented to promote productivity and climate resilience? What technology aspects are particularly appealing to women and youth?
Conference Registration Fees
Cracking the Nut Conference (early bird*): 595 USD
Cracking the Nut Conference + Ag VCF Training (early bird*): 1490 USD
Cracking the Nut Conference (regular): 795 USD
Cracking the Nut Conference + Ag VCF Training (regular): 1690 USD
* Early bird for the conference and the Agriculture Value Chain Finance Training