On 11 October 2017, representatives from Kenya and Senegal joined Biovision and the Millennium Institute to present their experience of the Biovision programme “Changing Course of Global Agriculture. Their audience consisted of representatives from other African countries and non-governmental organisations. The approach adopted by the programme generated considerable interest amongst those present.
The event entitled “Integrated policy planning for Sustainable Development Goals” attracted participants from many different African countries and was attended by more than 30 representatives from governments and non-governmental organisations in countries such as Uganda, South Sudan, South Africa, Liberia and Cameroon. They showed considerable interest in the interim assessment of the Biovision programme “Changing Course of Global Agriculture”, through which Biovision and the Millennium Institute have been working closely since 2012 with the African countries Kenya and Senegal. Also present were representatives from the SDC, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the FAO, the World Food and Agricultural Organisation who gave welcome messages to all participants.
More sustainable agriculture policies are needed
The main aim of the approach adopted by the programme “Changing Course of Global Agriculture” is to plan more sustainable agriculture policies in Kenya and Senegal and so bring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) one step closer to fruition. In so doing, Biovision is seeking to ensure that all those affected – farmers, representatives from the private sector, research and civil society together with government representatives - are able to make a contribution to the process. For its part, the Millennium Institute is providing the necessary tools and knowledge that make it possible to simulate different scenarios for the agricultural sector and to analyse whether or not they are sustainable.
High demand for innovative and integrated approaches
The considerable interest displayed by the delegates showed that there is a high demand for innovative, integrated approaches in the agricultural sector in order to achieve the SDGs: Consisting of 17 goals and 169 targets, the SDGs must be achieved by every single country in the world by 2030. That is no simple task. For example, Goal No. 2, which is central to the programme “Changing Course of Global Agriculture, aims to guarantee that every single person in the world has access to sufficient, healthy food by 2030. This will be a major challenge, particularly in regions seriously affected by poverty and climate change.