Connexus Corporation is proud to announce that the next Cracking the Nut conference will take place on October 14-15, 2019 at the King Fahd Palace Hotel in Dakar, Senegal . The two-day learning event will focus on balancing public concerns for food security with private market-based solutions. Connexus is working with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to organize this collaborative event highlighting how public and private sector initiatives can be leveraged to stimulate rural and agricultural development, in a way that improves food security.

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:

Reducing Systemic Risks: What mechanisms exist to stabilize commodity prices? To what extent can we reduce risks of agricultural investments with insurance, guarantees and market information? How can blended finance be used to encourage investments in clean water, climate smart agriculture and health and nutrition support services? What community-based approaches to rural development can improve resilience and reduce the negative impacts of a food security crisis. How can we measure vulnerability and track systemic changes?

Improving Health, Nutrition and Access to Clean Water: What is the appropriate policy response to balance competing priorities and protect access to clean water for fish, livestock, agriculture and people? How can the public sector incentivize commercial improvements in nutrition and health? How can public private partnerships support infrastructure development? What approaches are needed to ensure benefits flow to low-income communities, households and individuals, including regular consumption of nutritious diets?

Increasing Inclusion in Commercial Markets: How can we entice the private sector to be more inclusive of women and youth? How do we link informal market opportunities to commercial markets? What public sector stimulus is appropriate to ensure food systems serve the last mile? In what ways do we need to adapt systems and approaches to the specific needs of high risk populations? How can we tap the wisdom of the elderly to serve vulnerable populations? What does it take to move households beyond subsistence level farming?

Conference Registration Fees:

Cracking the Nut Conference (regular): 795.00 USD

Cracking the Nut Conference + Ag VCF Training (regular): 1690.00 USD

* regular registration ends September 06, 2019

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