La Plate-forme pour l'agriculture tropicale (TAP)

TAP featured at side event of the Committee on World Food Security

On October 17th at FAO, the Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) participated at a side event at the Committee on World Food Security entitled Strengthening Agricultural Innovation Systems for Family Farming:  Multi-stakeholder processes to develop capacities to innovate for food and nutrition security.

The event focused on innovation as the driving force that can transform food systems and lift family farmers out of poverty to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It looked at the crucial role of multi-stakeholder processes in fostering innovation at the local, national and global levels. 

This side event showcased and discussed evidence from success stories, emphasizing the contributions of research and extension and rural advisory services among other innovation actors. It highlighted strategies for assessing and strengthening capacities to innovate and engage in multi-stakeholder processes for agricultural innovation. 

On this occasion, TAP Chair Judith Francis presented the TAP approach and experience, including concepts of the TAP Common Framework and the knowledge hub TAPipedia (

The other panelists were:

•Selvaraju Ramasamy, Head, Research and Extension Unit, FAO

•Theo De Jager, President, World Farmers’ Organization

•Willem Olthof, Deputy Head of the Unit ‘Rural Development, Food Security and Nutrition’, DG DEVCO, European Commission

•Teresa Pinto-Correia, Coordinator, Horizon 2020 SALSA project, University of Évora 

The event was moderated by Hlamalani Ngwenya, Lecturer, Center for Sustainable Development, University of Free State, South Africa. 

Find here the presentations and a short report of the event.

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