CONFERENCE" Cracking the Nut Conference, March 27-28, 2017

Connexus Corporation

We are pleased to announce that the next Cracking the Nut conference will take place in March 27-28, 2017 at the Royal Orchid Sheraton in Bangkok, Thailand. This conference will focus on cracking the tough nuts associated with reinforcing food systems to meet urban demand.

Connexus Corporation is working with USAID, CRS, IRG, and Chemonics International to organize a two-day learning event, which will raise awareness of the changing demographics impacting global demand and supply of food, and highlight how food systems are transforming, linking rural to urban markets, and responding to changing food preferences, especially in urban areas of developing countries. In 2017, we will highlight the multiple ways in which the private sector, governments, donors and development practitioners are working to improve food security, adjust systems and adapt finance for urban agriculture and sustainable energies.  

Cracking the Nut 2017 will provide a demand-driven, collaborative learning space where participants share experiences and best practice information on programs, methodologies, strategies and tools; network to build partnerships; and gain new technical capacities to build the fields of sustainable energy, agriculture, food processing and distribution, and access to finance. This two-day event will bring together approximately 300 of the world’s leading industry thought leaders from private sector companies, financial institutions, investors, donors, and development practitioners to discuss  “tough nuts” related reinforcing food systems and urban demand

CONFERENCE THEMES

This conference will showcase competitively selected best practices through three focused themes:

·         Scaling technology and innovation for agriculture: In what ways is innovation being used to develop agricultural capacity and shape food systems? How can new and existing technologies be scaled to increase rural production and meet the growing needs of urban consumers? What will ensure that innovations can be used and adapted by actors within the value chains

·         Improving sustainability and food security of urban markets: As population is growing, especially in urban areas, what systems and mechanisms are needed to ensure all people have access to sufficient nutritious foods at prices they can afford? What types of finance and investment are needed to transform food systems and better link the rural to urban supply chain?

·         Facilitating links from rural to urban parts of a supply chain: How can we strengthen the “connective tissues” between rural smallholders and supply chain actors that are linked to urban demand? How can we help rural suppliers better interpret and respond to changing urban preferences?

In what ways is innovation being used to develop agricultural capacity and shape food systems? How can new and existing technologies be scaled to increase rural production and meet the growing needs of urban consumers? What will ensure that innovations can be used and adapted by actors within the value chains?

AGRICULTURE VALUE CHAIN FINANCE TRAINING

Connexus has revised its well-known Agricultural Value Chain Finance Training to include a focus on urban food security including how finance can help strengthen rural to urban food value chains. In this participatory training, participants will also learn basic value chain concepts and how to assess risks and identify strategic opportunities to strengthen value chains. The training will be held on March 29-30, 2017.

Save an additional $200 when you register early bird for the Cracking the Nut 2017 conference and our Agricultural Value Chain Finance Training! We have limited spots for the training which fill up fast, so don't wait and register now!

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