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ATPS Goes Down Under to discuss Mining Agriculture and Development

Plenary Session of the conference on Mining, Agriculture and Development in progress. Perth, Western Australia. Plenary Session of the conference on Mining, Agriculture and Development in progress. Perth, Western Australia. (Click to enlarge) The African Technology Policy Studies Network is attending the 2013 Africa Australia Research Forum in Perth, Australia. The Conference, which runs from 25th to 28th August 2013 is themed “Mining, Agriculture & Development: Bread from Stones?” and will explore the following:

  • How policy, investment and research and development can be better used to provide pro-poor benefits; 
  • How to ensure positive, sustainable outcomes from mining and agriculture for food security and development  and
  • How we can use expertise and infrastructure from mining in developing countries to help poor agricultural and rural communities emerge from poverty.

The key speakers at the conference include The Hon Dr Florence Chenoweth, Africa Prize Winner and Minister for Agriculture in the Republic of Liberia; Hon Professor Sospeter Muhongo, Minister of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania; Mr Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre; His Excellency Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana and Chairman of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa; Professor Kevin Urama, Executive Director, African Technology Policy Studies Network; Dr Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa and Dr Gavin Hilson, Chair, Sustainability in Business, Surrey University, UK.

Prof. Kevin Chika Urama chats with His Excellency Festus Mogae, Former President of Botswana and Chairman of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa at the Africa-Australia Research Forum, Perth, Western Australia, 26 August 2013.Prof. Kevin Chika Urama chats with His Excellency Festus Mogae, Former President of Botswana and Chairman of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa at the Africa-Australia Research Forum, Perth, Western Australia, 26 August 2013. (Click to enlarge)The Conference is being attended by executives, investors and managers in agriculture and mining industries, policy makers, representatives of civil society and peak industry bodies, and academics and researchers in Australia and developing countries; with an aim of bringing together these key players from the private, public and not for profit sectors to learn from each other and help develop improved policy and practice.

The ATPS Executive director addressed the conference on the nexus between mining and agriculture for development with a focus on how policy, investment and research and development can be better used to provide pro-poor benefits. He also called for a More In-depth Study on a holistic Mining Systems for Development and for the Reversal of the Resource Curse to a Resource Blessing.

Posted on Tuesday 27th August, 2013

 

 

 

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