This draft agenda indicates confirmed and invited speakers. It is being continuously updated and is subject to change.
|Monday, October 2|
|Arrival in Dushanbe|
|Day 1 – Tuesday, October 3|
|08:30 – 09:00||Registration|
|09:00 – 09:45||Opening Session
Chair: Sergey Shoba, Director, Eurasian Center for Food Security, Lomonosov Moscow State University
|9:45 – 10:00||Coffee and Networking Break
Video Presentations on the Importance of Soils (developed by Eurasian Soil Partnership)
|10:00 – 12:00||Plenary session 1 Priorities for policy research to improve food security and nutrition in Eurasia
Moderator: Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Professor, Cornell University and World Food Prize Laureate (2001)
Panelists discuss global and regional food policy research priorities and their implications for the Eurasian region and discuss next steps and partnerships needed for success.
|12:00 – 13:30||Lunch and Networking Break|
|13:30 – 15:00||Plenary session 2 What are some successful examples of food and nutrition security interventions?
Moderator: Pavel Krasilnikov, Deputy Director of the Eurasian Center for Food Security
Panelists present success stories of innovative interventions both by the government and private sector that helped boost food and nutrition security at the household and community level. They discuss how food policy in the region can support scaling up such innovative interventions. What challenges are there? What would success look like and what would it take?
|15:00 – 15:15||Coffee Break|
|15:15 – 16:45||Plenary session 3 ECFS research and education projects
Moderator: Sergey Shoba, Eurasian Center for Food Security
|16:45 – 17:30||Stories from the field|
|Day 2 – October 4, Wednesday|
|09:00 – 10:45||Session 4.1: Getting the most out of institutional partnerships
Moderator: Jonathan Wadsworth, Adviser (Agriculture and Research) at the World Bank
This session aims to learn from the recent experiences of collaborative arrangements in which institutions from two or more spheres of society (state, private, and civil society) have worked in partnership toward a sustainable food security goal. The panel will present and discuss real experiences, reasons for success or failure, and draw lessons for improving institutional partnerships in the Eurasian Region.
Role of local financial institutions in promoting access to climate resilience technologies in Tajikistan, Kairat Shalabay, Team Leader for the CLIMADAPT Project, EBRD
Partnerships for better outcomes, Anette Friis, Head of Partnerships and Outreach, CCAFS
ICARDA in Central Asia and the Caucasus – a successful example of partnership over two decades, Ram Sharma, Akmal Akramkhanov, ICARDA
IFPRI’s experience on building network of institutions and researchers on food security and nutrition in Central Asia, Kamiljon Akramov, Research Fellow and Leader of Central Asia Program, IFPRI, Washington, D.C., USA
Institutional partnership and harmonization of wheat flour fortification standards in Central Asia, Prof. Shamil Tazhibayev, Kazakh Academy of Nutrition, Almaty, Kazakhstan
GIZ Representative (TBD)
|Session 4.2: Food Security in Eurasia: Case Studies
Moderator: Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Professor, Cornell University
Policy action in Tajikistan in response to food prices increase, Mavzuna Karimova, Abdukhalil Najibulloev
Impact of food system shocks on population in the Kyrgyz Republic, Dilbara Kirbasheva, Ekaterina Yakubovich
Strengthening agricultural resilience against droughts in Uzbekistan, Aziz Nurbekov, Alisher Mirzabaev
|10:45 – 11:00||Coffee Break|
|11:00 – 13:00||Session 4.1: Getting the most out of institutional partnerships
|Session 4.2: Food Security in Eurasia: Case Studies (cont.)
Seed farming in the Kyrgyz Republic in the conditions of membership in the EEU, Abduhakim Islamov, Abdybek Asanaliev
Government policies on production and consumption of wheat/flour/bread in Uzbekistan, Ziyodullo Parpiev, Bakhrom Mirkasimov
Development of organic agriculture in Russia, Yulia Mitusova, Anna Buyvolova
|13:00 – 14:30||Lunch|
|14:30 – 16:45||Session 4.3: Public Policy Aspects of Food and Nutrition Security
Moderator: Suresh Babu, IFPRI
Presentations followed by a panel discussion on policy aspects of food security and nutrition with representatives from focus countries.
Migration, Employment, and Food and Nutrition Security, Katrina Kosec on the Kyrgyz Republic, Bakhrom Mirkasimov on Uzbekistan
Nutrition sensitive agriculture: Evidence from Tajikistan, Hiroyuki Takeshima
Changing food consumption patterns and nutrition: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan, Kamiljon Akramov, Allen Park
Land reform and child nutrition: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan, Katrina Kosec, IFPRI and Olga Shemyakina, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
FSN Forum policy dialogues: contributing to food security and nutrition policy processes at country and regional level, Max Blanck, the policy Dialogue Advisor
|Session 4.4: Developing capacity in the field of food security, nutrition sensitive social protection and school food programs at regional and country level.
Moderator: Mauricio Rosales, Project Coordinator FAO
The format is a facilitated panel discussion. The keynote speakers will highlight some of the key elements of the issues of migration and remittances and on school food and nutrition programs under the umbrella of social protection and nutrition.
The panelists will discuss current advances on these areas including how current policies and regulatory frameworks are addressing these issues. Participants will be invited to share ideas and proposals to focus on how to use remittances to step up investments in the agricultural sector for ensuring food security in the countries and School feeding programs can contribute to generate wealth creation in the region.
Paolo Mattei, Director WFP Tajikistan
Vladimir Chernigov, President of Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute
Dragan Aleksoski, Chief of Mission IOM Tajikistan (TBC)
Nurullo Mahmadullozoda, Deputy Minister for Labor , Migration and Employment of Population (TBC)
|16:45 – 17:00||Coffee Break|
|17:00 – 18:00||Closing Plenary and Conference Declaration
Eurasian Food Security Program – Concluding remarks by Sergey Shoba
Conference wrap-up and discussion of priorities for the Eurasian Food Security Program (Artavazd Hakobyan, the World Bank)
|19:00 – 21:00||Conference Dinner at Chaihana Rohat|
|October 5, Thursday|
|Field trip #1: Dehkan Farm Bogi Somon
Bogi Somon is a large farm with vineyards located in Tursunzoda city, 60 kilometers west of Dushanbe. Around 20,000 tonnes of grapes are harvested annually at the farm, and a significant part of the harvest is exported to Russia. The farm covers 580 hectares, and over 100 people work there. Four kinds of grapes are cultivated at Bogi Somoni: black and white lady finger grapes and black and white sultana grapes. In 2016, a refrigeration complex with a storage capacity of 900 tonnes was built on the farm premises. Storing grapes in the new refrigerated facilities increases their shelf life and enables the owners of the farm to sell them off-season, when prices in the market increase.
Field trip #2: Dairy Farm Abdurauf Usupov
The Abdurauf Usupov dairy farm is located in Gissar city, around 25 kilometers west of Dushanbe. The farm complex covers over 14,000 square meters and is fitted with modern equipment, including advanced milking and refrigeration equipment. Over 50 people work at Abdurauf Usupov. There are 240 cows and 410 heifers on the farm; the breed is a mix of Tajik black-and-white with German Holstein, adapted to Tajikistan’s climate. When the farm was founded in 2012, the output was around 800 liters of milk per cow—by 2016 it was already 3,500 liters of milk per cow annually. The milk produced at Abdurauf Usupov is sold to Dushanbe for processing, although there are plans to install processing equipment on the farm and produce dairy products to be sold in Gissar and Dushanbe.