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Cracking the Nut 2017

Focused on reinforcing food systems to meet urban demand.

The Cracking the Nut conference took place in March 27-28, 2017 at the Royal Orchid Sheraton in Bangkok, Thailand. This conference focused on cracking the tough nuts associated with reinforcing food systems to meet urban demand.

Connexus Corporation worked with USAID, RTI International, CRS, and Chemonics International to organize a two-day learning event, which raised awareness of the changing demographics impacting global demand and supply of food, and highlighted how food systems are transforming, linking rural to urban markets, and responding to changing food preferences, especially in urban areas of developing countries. In 2017, we highlighted the multiple ways in which the private sector, governments, donors and development practitioners are working to improve food security, adjust systems and adapt finance for urban agriculture and sustainable energies.

Cracking the Nut 2017 provided a demand-driven, collaborative learning space where participants shared experiences and best practice information on programs, methodologies, strategies and tools; network to build partnerships; and gained new technical capacities to build the fields of sustainable energy, agriculture, food processing and distribution, and access to finance. This two-day event brought together approximately 300 of the world’s leading industry thought leaders from private sector companies, financial institutions, investors, donors, and development practitioners to discuss “tough nuts” related reinforcing food systems and urban demand.

Our Themes

Scaling Technology and Innovation for Agriculture

In what ways is innovation being used to develop agricultural capacity and shape food systems? How can new and existing technologies be scaled to increase rural production and meet the growing needs of urban consumers? What will ensure that innovations can be used and adapted by actors within the value chains?

Improving Sustainability and Food Security of Urban Markets

As population is growing, especially in urban areas, what systems and mechanisms are needed to ensure all people have access to sufficient nutritious foods at prices they can afford? What types of finance and investment are needed to transform food systems and better link the rural to urban supply chain?

Facilitating Links from Rural to Urban Parts of a Supply Chain

How can we strengthen the “connective tissues” between rural smallholders and supply chain actors that are linked to urban demand? How can we help rural suppliers better interpret and respond to changing urban preferences?

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