The Order of Tunisian Engineers organizes, in collaboration WFEO, an international conference on « Engineering and Food Security in Africa », that will take place in Tunis, Tunisia, 24-25 June 2019.
Indeed, the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) identified by the UN for the implementation of a sustainable development by 2030 take into account the economic, societal and environmental aspects as well as their interactions.
In this context, the Order of Tunisian Engineers invites the actors involved in this process, particularly the SDG number 2 “Zero hunger” and number 12 “Sustainable consumption and production”, to meet in order to highlight the roles of engineers in food safety and to come out with recommendations to follow.
This conference aims to create a platform where the knowledge, innovative ideas, experiences , capacity building and work fields results of engineers, scientists, policy-makers as well as representatives of civil society involved in this field, will be discussed, shared and disseminated in order to implement the “Declaration on Food Security as viewed by Engineers”.
The Conference main topics are :
- Agricultural policy and engineering needs to meet the challenges of food and water security
- Role of technology in the preservation of natural resources and agricultural development in a changing climate context
- Organization of sectors and development of value chains
- Human Resources Development, Engineering, Institutional Capacity Building and International
Engineers can make a difference and collectively share their knowledge, experience and determination with others for practical regional and local solutions that improve food security within Africa and contribute to SDG Goals 2 and 12.
The two-day Conference is expected to attract approximately 250 participants (engineers, agricultural experts, food scientists, farmers, policy and decision makers) representing various countries and organizations with an interest in food security.
The issues to be addressed by this Conference will include the role of engineers and engineering in the following aspects of food security:
- Identification and evaluation potentialities and preservation natural resources.
- Agricultural production systems and natural resource sustainability.
- Reduction post-harvest losses for agricultural production
- Strengthening basic infrastructure, including transportation, refrigeration and communication.
- The agri-food sector’s role as a driver of agricultural product development.
- The impact of climate change on African food security.
- Policy and political frameworks to enhance the reliability and sustainability of the agricultural supply chain within Africa
- African human resource development and international cooperation.
For more information:
EFS Africa website
EFS Africa Call for paper / Version française
Order of Tunisian Engineers website