International Scientific Conferences


The aim of this experiment was to help SUA become known as a creator and facilitator of international forums and conferences on emerging issues related to agriculture and natural resources. In November 2013, SUA, iAGRI, and NORAD sponsored an international conference on climate change and African agriculture, resulting in a book of conference papers, published by Springer. Following that successful conference, SUA and iAGRI agreed to hold another conference in June 2015 with the aim of building SUA’s internal capacity to plan and host international scientific conferences.

Current Status – Concluded

The 2015 conference, which focused on multi-dimensional sustainability and climate change in African agriculture, was a big success and will result in another book. However, much of the responsibility for planning and implementation fell to iAGRI other non-SUA supporters, demonstrating that the model adopted is not sustainable for SUA at this time.

Key Actors at SUA

Director of Research and Post-Graduate Studies

iAGRI Coordinator

Chief of Party
Prof David Kraybill
Dr. Theodosy Msogoya

Project Timing

Start date of the first
‘Conversation that Matters’:
January, 2013

Overall Completion

Stage 1 – Conversations That Matter

Following the success of the 2013 conference on Climate Change, SUA and iAGRI leaders agreed that it would be beneficial for SUA to host a follow-up conference and build internal capacity to plan international conferences. SUA agreed to plan and host a conference in 2015 with financial and programmatic support from iAGRI. It was agreed that the conference planning committee should be co-chaired by a SUA member of academic staff and that several other members of staff should sit on the committee to ensure SUA was actively engaged in the planning process.

Stage 2 – Ways That Work

Steps for planning and implementing the 2015 conference were outlined by SUA and iAGRI. However, much of the responsiblity for planning and implementing the conference eventually fell to iAGRI and other supporters. Low participation by SUA members of the planning committee illustrated that the conference planning model adopted is not sustainable for SUA at this time.

Stage 3 – Changes That Sustain


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