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

Million BelayMillion Belay
IPES-Food - International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems - (Uganda)
Million Belay is founder of MELCA - Ethiopia and Co-ordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa and an expert and advocate for forestry conservation, indigenous livelihoods and food and seed sovereignty. MELCA-Ethiopia was created as an indigenous NGO working on agro-ecology, intergenerational learning, conservation of forests and improving the livelihood of local communities and indigenous peoples. He also played a significant part in the establishment and activities of the Africa Biodiversity Network (ABN), and is a co-founder and coordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA).

Jody HarrisJody Harris
World Vegetable Centre (Thailand)
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-TasieSaweda Liverpool-Tasie
Michigan State University (USA)
Saweda Liverpool-Tasie is a MSU Foundation Professor in the department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. Her current research focuses 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. In addition to evaluating the heterogeneous effect of poverty reduction strategies (and social networks) on rural household behavior and livelihood, she has a keen interest in understanding input use and input markets as well as evaluating input policies.

Catherine NakalembeCatherine Nakalembe
University of Maryland (USA)
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)
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
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.