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AU-EU Summit 17-18 February 2022: A Science Agenda

The AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise side events at the AU-EU Summit on 14-18 February 2022. The purpose of the meeting will be to promote awareness of the contribution of collaborative research and development as a critical aspect of EU-Africa relations and collaborations, in particular in addressing global challenges together.

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Tuesday, February 15 • 08:00 - 09:00
(Ref 150800) “Making the green deal a reality in the tropical world” - convened by The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF)

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Session title: “Making the green deal a reality in the tropical world”.
Session description: “Corporations and policymakers alike are beginning to recognize that business as usual in politics, economics and trade is leading us ever closer to disaster. From the climate crisis to the biodiversity crisis, from accelerating soil degradation to global desertification, and from rising global inequality to the obesity and malnutrition epidemics, the warning signs are everywhere: we must change – or else.

What are the key issues to be tackled to ensure this realization leaves the pages of domm-laden reports and changes everyday behaviour? What tools and insights are available as investors and policymakers seek to make societies and business more sustainable and resilient – at minimum disruption? How can research help bridge the gap between the realization of the challenge and the implementation of solutions?

Our speakers will be exploring these questions from a fascinating range of perspectives. Josef Garvi from Zinder, Niger, is transforming the way we think about food and nutrition in some of the world’s most remote drylands. Dr Phosiso Sola has good news about charcoal. Dr Chandrashekhar Biradar will focus on the system changes we need to make the green deal work for all. And Dr Gonzálz-Aranda will help us understand how the highest of high tech can help this oldest of human technologies, agriculture, step up to the plate to manage the challenges of the Anthropocene.”

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Josef Garvi

Head of, Sahara Sahel Foods
Josef Garvi (Zinder, Niger) is an expert in food production from forgotten dryland trees and their value chain development. Having grown up in Niger in the Sahel, he had the opportunity of becoming deeply familiar with the social, economic and environmental challenges facing people... Read More →
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Patrick Worms

Senior Science Policy Advisor, World Agroforestry Centre
Patrick Worms, a Cambridge-educated molecular geneticist, represents CIFOR-ICRAF, the Centre for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry, to policy makers, donors and corporate partners in Europe and beyond.Patrick’s interests sit at the nexus of land restoration... Read More →
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Chandrashekhar Biradar

Country Director and Chief of Party, CIFOR-ICRAF
Currently,  Country Director -India, and Chief of Party, CIFOR-ICRAF, Asia Continental Program, the Centre for International Forestry Research and the World Agroforestry Center.  Dr. Biradar is a landscape ecologist with broad experience in executing agroecosystem research and outreach... Read More →
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Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
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Phosiso Sola

Phosiso Sola (Nairobi) is a scientist working on natural resources governance, bioenergy and development of sustainable agroforestry value chains. Her current work focuses on governance of woodfuel, with the aim of contributing to the development of sustainable charcoal value chains... Read More →

Tuesday February 15, 2022 08:00 - 09:00 CET