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INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON DROUGHT & AGRICULTURE: PREDICT, PLAN, PREPARE: STOP DROUGHT BECOMING FAMINE

A CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION AND DROUGHT    
Date:
Mon, June 19, 2017 - 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location / Venue:
SHEIKH ZAYED CENTRE, FAO HQ, ROME, ITALY

Details:

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON DROUGHT & AGRICULTURE: PREDICT, PLAN, PREPARE: STOP DROUGHT BECOMING FAMINE

Time

Title

9.30-9.45

Introduction by the Kingdom of the Netherlands

and the Islamic Republic of Iran

09.45-10.30

HIGH LEVEL PANEL

− Mr. José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO

− H.E. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia

− H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Jordan (Video message)

− Mr. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of WMO

− Mr. Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, President of IFAD

10.30-10.35

Short Visual Orientation on Drought

10.35-10.40

Ceremony for the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

between FAO and WMO

10.40-11.00

Coffee Break

11.00-11.15

SETTING THE SCENE: What could be done differently and by whom

− Professor Donald Wilhite, Applied Climate Science, School of Natural

Resources, University of Nebraska

11.15-11.30

Showcases on thematic 1 - Integrating and aligning water and soil

management strategies to maximize response to drought

− Mr. Saidi Mkomwa, African Conservation Tillage Network -

Sustainable Land Management & Climate Change Resilience

− Ms. Marcella D'Souza, Water Organization Trust - Towards Resilience in the

Face of Drought: The Case-study of Kumbharwadi, Maharashtra, India

11.30-12.15

SESSION 1:

Moderator: Mr. Theib Y. Oweis, ICARDA

− Mr. Sibiri Jean Ouedraogo, Interim Director-General,

Institut du Sahel

− Mr. Gulchekhra Khasankhanova,

Head of Soil and Irrigation Department, Uzbek State

Uzgipromeliovodkhoz Institute (UZGIP) Institute

Discussion

12.15-13.30

Presentation on Monitoring Water Productivity through Remote Sensing (light lunch served)

13.30-13.45

Showcases on thematic session 2 - Connecting farmers to technologies –

changing threats to opportunities

− Ms. Kate Fehlenberg, International Maize and Wheat Improvement

Center - Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Seed Scaling (DTMASS)

− Mr. Teweldebrhan Hailu Abrha, Project Concern International (PCI) -

Satellite-Assisted Pastoral Resource Management (SAPARM)

13.45-14.30

SESSION 2:

Moderator: Mr. Joseph Ahenda, FAO Somalia

− Ms. Maria Isabel Andrade, Board Member, AGRA

− Mr. Leith Ben Becher, Former President and Founder,

Syndicat des Agriculteurs de Tunisie (SYNAGRI)

Discussion

14.30-14.45

Showcases on thematic session 3 - Moving from reactive to proactive

management in drought emergencies

− Ms. Jyothi Bylappa, World Food Program (WFP) -

R4 Rural Resilience Initiative

− Mr. Horacio Rubio Gutiérrez, Comisión Nacional del Agua, Government

of Mexico - Programa Nacional Contra la Sequia (PRONACOSE)

14.45-15.30

SESSION 3:

Moderator: Mr. Dominique Burgeon, FAO

− Mr. Johannes Cullmann, Water and Climate Division Director, WMO

− Mr. Daniel Tsegai, Drought Programme Officer, UNCCD

Discussion

15.30-15.45

Showcases on thematic session 4 - Mainstreaming drought management in the

context of the 2030 Agenda

− Mr. Johannes Hunink, Future Water - DMIAT: Drought Monitoring and

Impact Assessment Toolbox for Vietnam

− Ms. Catherine Ogolla, CAFOD - Managing drought in Kenya through

interagency cooperation

15.45-16.30

SESSION 4:

Moderator: Mr. Mawira Chitima, IFAD

− Mr. Ronald Hugh Jackson, Executive Director, Caribbean Disaster

Emergency Management Agency

− Mr. Michael Brntrup, Senior Researcher DIE (German Development

Institute)

Discussion

16.30-16.50

Remarks and Conclusions

• Summary by moderators of sessions 1-4

• Co-Chairs’ wrap-up

• Co-Chairs’ Communiqué

16.50-17:00

Closing

17.00

Informal drink – FAO cafeteria – 8th floor

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