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

Success stories

The following success stories will be exhibited in the Innovation Fair (the presenter of each story is given after the title): 

1. The use of hydroponics to help Sahrawi refugees in Western Algeria grow fresh green animal fodder locally and strengthen food security in the community

Nina Schröder, Co-Founder H₂Grow/Scale-up Enablement Manager, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), WFP Innovation Accelerator, Munich, Germany

2. Drought tolerant maize varieties in Zimbabwe.
Cosmos Magorokosho, International Wheat and Maize Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) Southern Africa Regional Office, Harare, Zimbabwe

3. Climate-smart villages (CSV) approach for scaling up and out appropriate climate-smart agriculture options in West Africa.
Mathieu Ouedraogo, Senior Scientist, CGIAR Research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, West and Central Africa (ICRISAT-WCA), Bamako, Mali

4. eLocust3: a revolutionary transboundary plant pest early warning system in Africa and Asia.
Mehdi Ghaemian, Desert Locust Information Officer, Head of the Desert Locus Programme, Plant Protection Organization, Tehran, Iran

5. Successful area-wide eradication of the Mediterranean fruit fly in the Dominican Republic.
Gregory Marte-Diaz, Agricultural Sector Coordinator at the National Competitiveness Council; former Project Manager, Programa Moscamed, Ministry of Agriculture, Dominican Republic

6. Use of the Mountain Partnership Products (MPP) participatory certification and labelling scheme to promoting mountain biodiversity and improve local economies and livelihoods in Nepal.
Umesh Lama, Chairman/Executive Director, Organic World and Fair Future, Pvt Ltd, Kareshwor-1250 Marga, Kathmandu, Nepal

7. Agroecology at the heart of local development: The example of the Agro-ecological School Farm of Kaydara in Senegal.
Gora Ndiaye, Director, Association Panafricaine Jardins d’Afrique, Mbour, Senegal

8. Allanblackia seed oil: from a wild-harvested seed to your morning toast in Tanzania.
Fidelis Rutatina, Managing Director, Novel Development Tanzania Ltd, Morogoro, Tanzania.

9. The Rythu Bandhu Insurance scheme in India.
C. Partha Sarathi, Agriculture Production Commissioner & Secretary to Government Agriculture & Cooperation (Horticulture & Sericulture) Department, Government of Telangana, India

10. Use of climate and weather information for artisanal fisher folk to manage extreme weather risks at sea in Senegal.
Issa Ouedraogo, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Programme West Africa, International Crops Research for the Semi-Arid Tropics West and Central Africa (ICRISAT-WCA) Regional Office, Dakar, Senegal

11. Use of wooden low-cost greenhouses for high quality vegetable production in El Salvador.
Boris Corpeño, Technical Advisor, Consultant for Hortaliceros de Cuscatlán Association and Cooperative, El Salvador

12. Introduction of semi-roofed shelters to protect camelids from extreme weather and climate events in Bolivia.
Severo Choque, President of Quri Tama Camelides Producers' Association, Yuruna, Santiago de Andamarca, Bolivia

13. Introducing and promoting a new high iron bean variety in Guatemala.
Leonel Osorio Quiñónez, President, Cooperativa Atescatel, Guatemala

14. Going to the Virtual Farmers’ Market in Zambia: An app-based e-commerce platform where farmers’ surplus and buyers’ demand for crops are advertised and traded.
Ahnna Gudmunds, Project Coordinator, Virtual Farmers Market / Programme Officer, Digital Development, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Purchase for Progress (P4P), Rome, Italy

15. Use of blockchain technology in the coffee value chain for small scale coffee producers in Ethiopia.
Sander Govers, Business Development and International Retail Manager, Moyee Coffee, The Netherlands

16. Using agribusiness incubation programme for youth employment in Nigeria.
Evelyn Ohanwusi, Head, Youth in Agribusiness Office, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria

17. Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative: Bioeconomy for an increased resilience of women farmers in Tanzania.
Flower Ezekiel Msuya, Senior Researcher/Consultant Facilitator of the Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative, University of Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Tanzania

18. Use of the Burkina Faso Bio Participatory Guarantee System label for organic farming.
Clémence Lankouande, Coordinator, National Council for Organic Farming, Burkina Faso

19. FAPP: fighting plant pests and diseases in Uganda.
Siraji Nazirini, Software developer, Hansu Mobile Innovation, Mbale, Uganda

20. AfriRice Agrobusiness: Environmentally conscious farm equipment that automates manual tasks for rice growers
Steve Hoda, Founder, AfriRice Agrobusiness, Benin