Adaption Futures 2023: Food security in Africa: lessons learnt, opportunities, and priorities for adaptation

Date: October 3, 2023
Time: 14:30 CEST
Venue: Hybrid

Professor Lise Korsten is the co-director of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security and is a principal investigator, focusing on food safety.

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) will be joining members of the global climate change adaptation community at the Adaptation Futures 2023 conference, being held in Montreal from 2-6 October 2023.

The Adaptation Futures 2023 conference series is the premier international gathering devoted entirely to climate change adaptation, bringing together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, industry representatives and other stakeholders to present their work in adaption, learn what others are doing and build networks. It is the flagship event of the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Adaptation Science Programme (WASP).

For the first time, the Adaptation Futures conference will feature a pavilion dedicated to Africa, led by the AAS.

AAS will host a session addressing “Food security in Africa: lessons learnt, opportunities, and priorities for adaptation”. This session will highlight the progress made towards Africa’s food system transformation in the context of climate change and just transition. Additionally, the session shall explore the role of research and innovation (R&I) in Africa’s food system transformation in the context of climate change adaptation. Here, researchers from the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence (ARISE), working at the food security-climate change nexus across Africa, shall present insights from their work – highlighting advances made, lessons learnt as well as opportunities, needs, and priorities for adaptation.

Through keynote presentations, spotlight presentations, and plenary discussions, the session shall be structured as follows:

Part 1: Advances in Africa’s food system transformation
Moderator: Dr Peggy Oti-Boateng, Executive Director, AAS *
Panel discussions:

Part 2: The role of Research & Innovation exchanges in Africa’s food system transformation: Insights from the ARISE Programme
Moderator: Dr Obed Ogega, Programmes Manager, AAS
Spotlight presentations (ARISE Fellows):

Online session details
Date: Tuesday, 3rd Oct 2023, 14h30-16h00 (GMT-4)
Location: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Hybrid format: Caters for both virtual and physical attendance.
Register: Use the registration link to register for the conference and attend the session: https://adaptationfutures.com/registration-accomodation/registration/ (Note that this event is based on a registration fee. Reduced fee for low, lower-middle or upper-middle income country).

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We recognise that producers, processors, distributors and consumers are incorporated into the food system under varying terms and returns. We also recognise the economic, social, human and environmental health impacts associated with food security. Therefore our goal is to conduct research, build capacity and disseminate findings that will promote a sustainable food system in South Africa.


Our research is concerned with the scale, nature, causes and consequences of food insecurity in South Africa and elsewhere on the African continent. Thus our mission is to investigate products, technologies, processes and policies that can reduce food insecurity and mitigate its negative outcomes. We seek to make a difference to food security by linking innovative science with critical enquiry.