The 6th conference of the Global Consortium of Higher Education and Research for Agriculture (GCHERA) hosted by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is being held in Africa for the first time and coincides with the continent’s worst food crisis in decades attributed to multiple causes including poor governance, high population growth, environmental degradation, inadequate technology or lack of technology altogether that have been exacerbated by the current world recession, the worst after the great depression of the 1930’s.
Kenya’s food security is particularly at all time low following the long drought and post-election violence; circumstances that have wiped out the country’s food reserve leaving up to 10 million people to rely on food donations and government food rationing. The conference expected to be presided over by President Mwai Kibaki at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre and funded by number of organizations including Bill & Melinda Gates, Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa, and Kenya Institute of Management among others hopes to come up with solutions to enhance food security in the developing world.
|23rd to 27th November 2009
|Kenyatta International Conference Centre