The Institute will host a workshop on Wednesday the 8th June organised by our Development, Policy and Conflict research cluster led by Godwin Okafor and Oluwasoye Mafimisebi.

The workshop will look at how agriculture in developing countries can be made more resilient to evolving threats such as conflict and climate change. Topics of interest include:

  • The effect of conflict on agriculture
  • The role of trading networks and intermediaries in farming
  • The influence of digital technology on food supply networks
  • How farming can adapt to the challenge of climate change
  • Improving productivity in agriculture

The workshop will run from 9am – 3pm on Wednesday the 8th June in HU1.49 with an informal social dinner on Tuesday 7th June.


9 – 9.15           Opening remarks

9.15 – 9.45       Dr Dang-Trung Le (Real Time Analytics) ‘A smartphone app to facilitate farmer value chains’.

9:45 – 10:15    Dr. Carmen Hubbard (Newcastle University), ‘Adding Value to the Agri-food Sector: Evidence from Vietnam’

10:15-10:30     Discussion

10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break

10.45 – 11.15   Dr. Quy-Duong Le (Vietnam National University Agriculture)

11.45 – 12.15  Professor Bhavani Shankar, (University of Sheffield) ‘Climate resilient markets for nutrient-dense foods’

12:15 – 12:45  Segun Fadare (University of Reading), ‘Effects of conflict on livestock assets ownership: Implications for nutrition and health in Nigeria’

12.45 – 1:30    Break

13:30 – 14:00 Godwin Okafor (De Montfort University)

14:00 – 15:00 Panel discussion

15:00               Close


The workshop is partly supported by a British Academy funded project on Food resilience and rural poverty in developing countries: the role of trading networks and information flows where we partner with the Center for Agricultural Research and Ecological Studies (Vietnam National University of Agriculture).