The International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

High-level Segment

The High-level Segment will be the final session of the International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers. It will take place 11.30-13.30 in the Plenary Hall on 23 November.

The high-level participants will intervene for 10 to 15 minutes each. They are expected to share with the audience what are the key ongoing initiatives in their country or region regarding agricultural innovation.

They are also expected to give their reflections on what are the key messages that they will take home from the Symposium, which will allow their country or region to accelerate the pace of innovation to overcome the challenges of the 21st century.

The session will be webcast live and have interpretation in the six UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish). The recording of the session will be made available on the FAO website.

Chris Burns will moderate the session.

Distinguished panellists of the High-level Segment

  • Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development
  • Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
  • Senzeni Zokwana , Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries , South Africa
  • Augustine Auga Maeue, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Solomon Islands   
  • Gilberto Correia Carvalho Silva, Minister of Agriculture and Environment, Cabo Verde
  • Manfred Alberto Melgar Padilla, Vice-Minister of Food and Nutrition Security, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food, Guatemala
  • Alessandra Pesce, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Agricultural Food, Forestry and Tourism Policies, Italy

José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, FAO will give the closing remarks to this Segment and close the Symposium.

Short biography of the Distinguished panellists