FSNet-Africa @ 2022 Borlaug Dialogue – The World Food Prize

FSNet-Africa @ 2022 Borlaug Dialogue – The World Food Prize

This year’s theme for the Borlaug Dialogue – The World Food Prize event is titled “Feeding a Fragile World,”. The theme focuses on overcoming pervasive shocks to the global food system. The triple threat of COVID, Conflict, and Climate demands addressing the multiple challenges the global food system faces now and will face in the future. The event will address scalable solutions for adaptation and mitigation to limit planetary warming below 1.5° C and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

This theme is an acknowledgement of profound vulnerability but is also rooted in action and hope. That hope is captured in the call to action letter recently published by 26 World Food Prize Laureates and is evident in the work of our 2022 World Food Prize Laureate, Dr Cynthia Rosenzweig.


The FSNet-Africa Breakaway session

This year, FSNet-Africa will be participating in this important event and will convene a breakaway session titled: Research and partnerships for a sustainable African food system. 

While African food systems are fragile, opportunities exist to unlock the potential of research in enhancing resilience, food and nutrition security, health and environmental sustainability. The breakout session presents the Food Systems Research Network for Africa (FSNet-Africa) framework for food systems transformation. It frames the African food system in the context of a fragile global system but presents an action-based approach to addressing fragility in a developing context.

The FSNet-Africa team (including mentors and fellows) will have a panel discussion that will demonstrate how research capacity development and boundary-spanning partnerships can be harnessed to identify and implement climate-smart, nutrition-sensitive, and poverty-reducing solutions for food and nutrition security.

Based on the FSNet-Africa model and the FSNet-Africa food systems research framework, the session will propose a modality for achieving multidimensional food systems outcomes through an integrated research and capacity development approach. The session further demonstrates how partnerships that span geographic, disciplinary and sectoral boundaries can be leveraged as a mechanism for impact.

Date:          October 18, 2022

Time:          4:45 pm (SAST)

Venue:        Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America

To register: click here


Speakers and Facilitators


Prof. Frans Swanepoel

Principal Investigator: FSNet-Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Prof. Julian May

UNESCO chair in the African Food System: University of the Western Cape, South Africa


Dr Elizabeth Mkandawire

Network and Research Manager: FSNet-Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Dr Njongenhle Nyoni

FSNet-Africa Engagement and Liaison Manager: Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)


Prof. Claire Quinn

Chair in Natural Resource Management and FSNet-Africa Co-PI: University of Leeds, UK


Dr Sera Gondwe

FSNet-Africa research fellow: Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi


Dr. Gloria Essifile

FSNet-Africa research mentor: University of Ghana (ARUA-SFS co-hosting institution), Ghana


Dr. Innocensia John

FSNet-Africa research fellow: University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Prof. Richard Mkandawire

Alliance for African Partnerships: Michigan State University, Malawi