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Invitation to an e-conference on Innovation systems for food security and nutrition

Food security and nutrition are part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Meeting these goals will require that all actors in agricultural innovation systems develop individual, organizational and systemic capacities.

While many experiences that built individual and organizational capacities have been reported, there is a shortage of information about how systemic capacities can be sustainably developed. This conference seeks to contribute to fill this gap.

The conference starts on April 18 and will be carried out virtually. For more information, please refer to the e-conference website

The consultation will seek to answer the following questions:

  • Which policies or instruments would be effective for developing capacities of food security and nutrition-sensitive Agricultural Innovation System (FSN-AIS) at the organizational and systems levels?
  • Once the capacities have been developed, how can they be kept strong despite changes in management and staff turnover? Could you mention cases where capacities were successfully built and kept for at least five years? What were the factors for success?
  • The concept "institution" comprises a number of formal and informal 'rules of the game', including relationships between organizations, regulations and behaviours. Which are the most essential institutions that should be strengthened to foster innovation in FSN-Agricultural Innovation Systems and why?
  • Which initiatives for developing capacities for FSN-Agricultural Innovation Systems are being implemented or planned in the country where your activities are devoted  to the achievement of SDGs 2 (zero hunger), 3 (good health and well-being) and 12 (responsible consumption and production)?
  • Which indicators would be relevant to measure improvement of capacities that support collective learning and adaptation in food security and nutrition-sensitive initiatives?
  • Till recently nutrition problems in low and middle income countries were characterised mainly by undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. An additional form of malnutrition is now present in the same communities: obesity. How can the framework for capacity development for FSN- Agricultural Innovation Systems be adapted to address the more complex nature of food security and nutrition issues?
  • When implementing the framework for capacity development for FSN-sensitive Agricultural Innovation Systems, how can the needs of often voiceless actors (e.g., small farmers, young people or female-led households) be incorporated and addressed?

How to participate

If you wish to subscribe to the e-conference, you should send an e-mail message to with only the following line in the body of the message (i.e. leave the subject line blank and have no other text, such as an e-mail signature, in the message):

subscribe CD4AIS-L firstname lastname
Firstname and lastname refer to the person's first and last name. For example, if the subscriber's name is John Smith, then the line should be:
subscribe CD4AIS-L John Smith

For more information on the topic discussed at the e-conference, please refer to the background paper

For more information on how to participate, please contact Cristina Sette (, the conference moderator.