CAPSNAC Conference 2017 - Makerere University

Track 3: Agricultural Production Systems and Resilient Livelihoods

Registeration and Abstract Submission

Are you interested in increasing food security, conserving the environment and improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Africa?

Would you like to be involved in generating new evidence and decision-making support tools to create an enabling environment for poorer smallholder farmers to engage in sustainable agricultural intensification?

Multiple factors influence the current status of agricultural production systems and these are constantly changing and follow different trajectories. Causes for these processes are closely linked to land use transformations, food and nutrition security, climate change, natural resources limitations and exhaustion, social and demographic processes and changing societal values and expectations. In sum such intersecting dynamics of agricultural developments and various forms of development lead to an increasingly complex differentiation in agricultural production systems and the resultant patterns of resilience of livelihoods.

At the same time, current agricultural production systems socio-economic-cultural and ecological environments are facing challenges of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. Increasing attention is now put to the heavy disease burden; zoonotic diseases in humans and animals in sub-Saharan Africa at the human- environment- livestock- wildlife interface given that more than 60% of emerging infectious diseases in humans originated from wild animals.

The need to improve research capacity on agricultural production systems, zoonotic diseases, food systems and safety issues and resilient livelihoods is timely. This track invites abstracts and papers on the broad area(s) of agricultural production systems including but not limited to crop cultivation and livestock production systems for us to better understand the relationships between agricultural systems, food systems, climate change and livelihoods. Contributions to improve the health and wellbeing of people in view of zoonotic and food-borne diseases within a One Health perspective using a gender sensitive approach are also invited. We want to share a diversity of thoughts and insights related, but not limited, to the following issues:

  1. Enabling agricultural production systems to anticipate ecosystems and climate change;
  2. Investments for resilient agricultural (crop and livestock) production systems and livelihoods? And how effective are they?
  3. Optimization of cropping and livestock practices to enhance productivity and adaptation to climate variability in smallholder farming systems;
  4. Multifunctional agriculture and the resilience of smallholder farm enterprises.
  5. Reducing the disease burden using the ‘One-health Approach’