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The Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V)
Official Side Event Seminar

Traditional Agricultural Systems and Food Security


Date: Sunday, 2 June 2013

Time: 17:30 - 19:00

Location: Hall A, Pacifico Yokohama Annex Hall

Organizers: UNU-ISP

Co-Organizers:Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Embassy of Italy in Japan, and the University of Tokyo Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK)

Languages: English (No interpretation will be provided.)


Akira Nagata, UNU-ISP, Email: or
Evonne Yiu, UNU-ISP, Email:

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In conjunction with The Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) to be held in Yokohama, Japan, on June 1-3, 2013, UNU-ISP will be organizing an official side event seminar on “Traditional Agricultural Systems and Food Security”.

In a developing Africa, there is an increasing trend in recent years of conversion to large-scale mono-culture farming in attempt to solve the problem of food insecurity and hunger. However, the key to sustainable development and food security is likely to lie in its traditional agriculture systems.

This seminar will discuss the role of traditional agricultural systems from the perspectives of Globally Important Agricultural Heritages Systems (GIAHS) conservation, sustainability studies and the Expo Milano 2015, with the objective to explore possible contributions toward enhancing food security and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (Goal 1: Eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and Goal 7:Ensure environmental sustainability ), which are important issues in African development.

For more information on the topics of this seminar, please refer to the following websites:


Participation in the above seminar is free and open to the public. No prior registration is required.



Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Hitoshi Kodaira
    Director of Rural Environment Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan

“Resilience in Traditional Agricultural Systems”

  • Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi
    Senior Vice-Rector, UNU

“Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) and African Development”(tbc)

  • Dr. Parvis Koohafkhan
    FAO GIAHS Global Coordinator

“Expo Milano 2015 and Food Security” (tbc)

  • H.E. Domenico Giorgi
    Ambassador of Italy in Japan



“Traditional Agriculture and GIAHS in Africa” (tbc)

  • Mr. Cheikh Mouhamady Cissokho
    Honorary President, ROPPA (Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organisations of West Africa)



Panel Discussion and Q&A Session