Science, Technology and Innovation

Enhancing resilience in marginal agricultural areas: Can Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) play a meaningful role?

When: 21 October 2022 | 11:00 – 12:45 hrs (CEST)

Where: FAO Sheikh Zayed Center

Modality: Hybrid

Marginal agricultural areas are estimated to comprise about 1.8 billon hectares, globally, making up 15 percent of the agricultural land worldwide and 21 percent of the total global land resources, and home to nearly one-third of the world’s rural population, mostly poor in developing countries. They are found everywhere, including most of hyper-arid and arid regions, high-altitude mountain areas, lowland plains of coastal areas and most of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). These areas face serious bio-physical and socio-economic constraints, characterized by poor soils, unfavourable climatic conditions and inadequate quantity and quality of water for sustainable agricultural production, that create major barriers for the livelihoods and socio-economic development of the people who inhabit them. Science and innovation serve as an essential foundation for building resilient marginal agricultural areas. Integrated science-based and innovative actions are needed for protecting the natural resources and reversing degradation of natural resources that leads to improved agricultural productivity and better livelihood opportunities. This event will present the problems faced by the marginal agricultural areas and highlight the role of science, technology and innovation in enhancing the resilience of marginal agricultural areas. 


11:00 – 11:05

Introduction by the moderator

Thin Lei Win

11:05- 11:10


Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist, FAO 


Keynote speech:
Enhancing resilience in marginal agricultural areas: Can Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) play a meaningful role?

Ousmane Badiane
Executive Chairperson Akademiya2063

11:25 – 12:20

















Moderated panel discussion

Thin Lei Win

Sanwen Huang
President, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) Hainan Province

Pema Gyamtsho
Director General, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Rita H Mumm
Director, African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC)
Director, UC Davis African Plant Breeding Academy
University of Illinois, USA

H.E Jean-Paul Carteron
Permanent Representation of Solomon Islands to FAO

Jacqueline McGlade
Chief Scientist and Co-Founder, Downforce Technologies
United Kingdom

Rakesh Kumar Singh
Principal Scientist - Plant Breeding International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA)
United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Jean Luc Chotte
Directeur de Recherche, Président du Comité scientifique français sur la désertification (CSFD)
Institutes de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)

12:20 – 12:40

Moderated Q&A Session

Thin Lei Win


Summary of key messages and recommendations

Thin Lei Win