The 2019 Cracking the Nut conference will take place on  October 14-15, 2019 at the King Fahd Palace Hotel in Dakar, Senegal. The conference will focus on balancing public concerns for food security with private, market-based solutions. Connexus is working with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to organize this two‐day learning event, which will highlight how public and private sector initiatives can be leveraged to stimulate rural and agricultural development, in a way that improves food security.

Cracking the Nut 2019 will provide a demand‐driven, collaborative learning space where participants share experiences and best practices on innovative approaches to expanding agricultural production, increasing rural incomes and the poor’s access to nutritious food and clean water. This will include methodologies, strategies and tools;  networks  for  partnership and coordinated collaboration;  and  insights into the opportunities and threats facing  developing  countries today. English and French simultaneous interpretation will be available.

Applying a food systems lens, this two-day learning event will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in rural development, sustainable agriculture, water sanitation, health and nutrition, including representatives from the  private  sector, governments, donors and development practitioners to discuss the “tough nuts” related to food security, including the themes highlighted below.


Register for the Agricultural Value Chain Finance & Market Development Training!

 At the Agricultural Value Chain Finance & Market Development Training, you will learn about how to assess value chain market opportunities and develop commercially attractive financial services that meet the needs of the value chain actors (including small farmers), resulting in market growth and reduced risk. The training will take place after the Cracking the Nut 2019 conference in Dakar, Senegal October 16-17, 2019. Click here for more information and to register!



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This conference is organized by Connexus Corporation