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Thursday, October 18 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Access to Knowledge: The Challenge of Supporting Smallholder Farmers

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Ensuring farmers have access to the right knowledge is key to achieving food security. This side event, hosted by CABI, will bring together 5 experts in the field of sustainable agriculture to discuss how the provision of knowledge and information can be supported, and how this will help tackle major issues in food security. The panel will discuss issues varying from how to ensure knowledge is provided to genders equally, to what role the private sector can play in supporting small holder farmers, and highlight examples of programmes where access to knowledge has made a positive impact.

The panel will be chaired by Dennis Rangi, Executive Director, International Development, CABI.  Please come and join the debate.  Questions will be invited from the floor and through social media.

Our panel will feature: Dr. Ernesto Brovelli, Senior Manager of Sustainable Agriculture at The Coca-Cola Company; Ms. Margaret Catley-Carlson, Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on Water; Ms. Rose Kamau, District Horticultural Officer of the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture; and Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, Chair of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation.

Please contact Christine Davies at c.davies@cabi.org for additional information.

Thursday October 18, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Davenport Room (3rd Floor) Downtown Des Moines Marriott