Tropentag 2023:

Competing pathways for equitable food systems transformation:
trade-offs and synergies

September 20 - 22, 2023
organised by
The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany
in cooperation with
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Plenary Session addresses

Bridget MugambeBridget Mugambe
Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) - Uganda
Title of presentation: Rethinking agriculture and food system strategies for Africa: Moving beyond the green revolution to embrace agroecology (abstract)
Bridget is a social scientist with over 15 years work experience with NGOs in management, strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, and gender main-streaming. Her competencies are mainly in policy analysis, campaigns and advocacy, capacity building, generation and dissemination of information on food sovereignty. As AFSA’s Program Coordinator, Bridget oversees policy advocacy on seed sovereignty, com-munity land rights, climate justice, and consumer action, supporting AFSA working groups to implement agreed strategies and work plans, and spearheading fundraising initiatives within the organization.

Jody HarrisJody Harris
World Vegetable Centre (Thailand)
Title of presentation: Food system transformation through the lenses of nutrition and equity (abstract)
Jody Harris is an applied researcher with a particular interest in the politics and ethics of food systems, and in transforming systems to support healthy diets and nutrition equitably. She conducts mixed methods research into social and policy processes in the field of food, including theoretical and empirical work on equity and marginalization. Jody is a co-author of the recent UN-CFS HLPE report on inequality in food systems, and a co-coordinator of the Food Equity Centre.

Saweda Liverpool-TasieLenis Saweda Liverpool-Tasie
Michigan State University (USA)

Title of presentation: The roles and potentials of micro, small and medium scale enterprises for inclusive value chains in developing regions (abstract)

Lenis Saweda Liverpool-Tasie is a MSU Foundation Professor in the department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University, USA. She is currently a visiting scientist with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Her research focusses on emergent issues related to smallholder productivity and welfare within dynamic and transforming food markets in sub–Saharan Africa and alongside poorly functioning markets in the region. She is a member of the advisory Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) and the lead principal investigator for two projects related to Africa’s food systems transformation. One is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded RSM2SNF (Research Supporting African MSMEs to Provide Safe and Nutritious Food) and the second is the USAID funded Nigeria Agricultural Policy Activity.

Catherine NakalembeCatherine Nakalembe
University of Maryland (USA)
Title of presentation: The interplay of agriculture, land use, climate change, and food security (abstract)
Catherine Nakalembe is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, the Africa Program Director under NASA Harvest, and a member of the NASA SERVIR Applied Sciences Team on which she serves as the Agriculture and Food Security Thematic Lead. Catherine has broad research interests and leads projects focusing on the development methods and applications of satellite remote sensing and machine learning to agriculture and food security, land use and land-use change mapping, humanitarian mapping, and climate change, and supports several capacity-building in the use of remote sensing for agriculture monitoring and research.

Ian ScoonesIan Scoones
University of Sussex, Institute of Development Studies (UK)

Title of presentation: Competing narratives for livestock development and policy (abstract)

Ian Scoones is a Professor at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. He is the PI of the ERC Advanced Grant project, PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins, He was also co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre ( Over 35 years, he has worked on agrarian and environmental change, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on livestock and pastoral systems.

Johan SwinnenJohan Swinnen
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), CGIAR, USA

Title of presentation: Achieving resilient food systems (abstract)

Johan Swinnen is Managing Director of Systems Transformation, CGIAR, and Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He presently serves as a co-lead of the finance lever of the UN Food Systems Summit, is a Commissioner in the Food Systems Economics Commission, Co-Chair of the Think20 Task Force on Climate Change, Sustainable Energy, and Environment, and also a member of the Champions 12.3 Leadership Group to Reduce Food Loss and Waste and the Africa Europe Strategic Task Force on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.