Breakout Session Tracks

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Track 1: Reducing Systemic Risks


Track 2: Improving Health, Nutrition and Access to Clean Water

Track 3: Increasing Inclusion in Commercial Markets

8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks & Introduction

Speakers: Mme. Aminata Mbengue Ndiaye (Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Economy, Senegal) and Anita Campion (Connexus)

Location: BC12

9:00 AM

Keynote - Applying a Systems Approach to Agricultural Development

Speaker:  Larry Cooley (MSI)

Location: BC12

10:00 AM

Coffee Break & Networking

10:15 AM

Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology for Clean Water, Nutrition and Health

Speakers: Natalie Deehan-Clark, Omar Ndiaye Seck & Amadou Diouf (CREATE)

Location: BC12

Tracking Systemic Change for Women and Youth: The Case of Uganda

Speakers: Jen Peterson, Robert Katende & Scheller Hinkle (Tetra Tech)

Location: B06

11:45 AM

Lunch & Networking 

1:00 PM

Achieving Nutrition Outcomes Through a Market Systems Approach: Lessons Learned from Burkina Faso

Speakers: Romain Kenfack, Djibril Compaoré & Francoise Congo (Tanager)

Location: BC12

2:30 PM

Coffee Break & Networking

2:45 PM

Mitigating Climate Risk and Protecting Smallholder Agricultural Investments: Rain Index Insurance as a Risk Reduction Strategy in Senegal 

Speakers: Ibrahima Serigne Diop, Elhadji Abdou Gueye & Christophe Poublanc (RTI International)

Location: BC12

Market-Driven Innovations: Turning Public Research Products Into Commercially Viable Businesses

Speakers: Tracy Shanks (Chemonics), Abdou Konlambigue (IITA), Seydina Ndiaye (Bamtaare/SODEFITEX) & Goule Gueye (Bamtaare/SODEFITEX)

Location: B06

Bridging the Rural/Urban Gap: How Inclusive Business Models Can Feed Cities Sustainably

Speakers: Charlotte Flechet (Rikolto), Dr. Christine Chege (CIAT), & Mamadou Ciss (APROVAG)

Location: B05

4:15 PM

Coffee Break & Networking

4:30 PM

Speed Networking

Facilitator: Alby Delgado (Connexus)

Location: BC12

5:30 PM

Day 1 Wrap-Up

Speaker: Alby Delgado (Connexus)

Location: BC12

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks

Speaker: Laura Smith  (Connexus)

Location: BC12

9:00 AM

Public, Private and Civil Society Roles in Improving Food Security

Facilitator: Papa Sene, Senegalese Nutrition-led Agricultural Specialist, Papa Sene and Associates

Panelists: Mr. Abdoulaye Ka (National Coordinating Mechanism for Nutrition Interventions), Ms. Siny Samba (Le Lionceau), Mr. Abdou Diouf, (Nutrition and Food Security Platform) & Karl Rosenberg (NCBA CLUSA)

Location: BC12

10:00 AM

Coffee Break & Networking

10:15 AM

Using Mobile Technology to Strengthen Pastoralists’ Resilience in Mali (Fr->En)

Speakers: Catherine Le Come (SNV), Amidi Ag Alwaly (TASSAGHT), Hamidou Togo (Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Mali), Alexander Orenstein (Hoefsloot Spatial Solutions) & Boubacar Traore (Orange Mali)

Location: BC12

Nuestra Escuela: From Abandoned Lots to Lessons in Health

Speakers: Ana Yris Guzmán & Samuel Morales (Nuestra Escuela)

Location: B06

Exploring Sustained and Effective Female and Youth Participation in Nigerian Agriculture

Speakers: Ilisa Gertner & Garron Hansen (Chemonics International)

Location: B05

11:45 AM

Lunch & Networking

1:00 PM

Reducing Systemic Risk through Blended Finance and Market Systems Development: Models from West Africa

Speaker: Heather Bateman (ACDI/VOCA), Romain Kenfack (Tanager) & Zubeiru Salifu (AV Ventures)

Location: B05

For Each According to their Ability: Meeting Farmers’ Finance Needs through Inclusive, Diversified Services

Speakers: Paul Diouf, marc bavois & Nadege Gbaguidi (CRS), Anushka Ratnayake (myAgro), & Abdoul Aziz Sarr (Banque Agricole, formerly CNCAS)

Location: BC12

2:30 PM

Coffee Break & Networking

2:45 PM

Mitigating the Risk of Lending to Agricultural Producers through Adaptive Loan Methodologies

Speaker: Jean Thiboutot (World Council of Credit Unions)

Location: B05

Mainstreaming Health and Water-Sanitation Products in India’s Microfinance Sector

Speakers: Satish Pillarisetti (Sa-Dhan)

Location: B06

Incorporating Onion Subsistence Farmers into Commercial Markets Using an Integrated Approach (Fr->En)

Speakers: Idrissa Ba, Dada Gueye & Khary Cisse (ICCO Cooperation)

Location: BC12

4:15 PM

Coffee Break & Networking

4:30 PM

CRS’ Strategies and Reflections on Conference Themes

Facilitator: Shaun  Ferris (CRS)

Panelists: marc bavois, Nadege Gbaguidi, and Felicien Randriamanantenasoa (CRS)

Location: BC12

5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Todd Crosby (Connexus)

Location: BC12

This conference is organized by Connexus Corporation