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The United States Department of Agriculture - Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS) has partnered with the World Food Center (WFC) at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) to convene a series of expert-to-expert (E2E) dialogues focused on the past contributions and continuing potential of U.S.-funded innovations to transform global food systems.  The project has been designed to support USDA-FAS contributions to the September 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit (FSS) and E2E sessions are each aligned with one of the five FSS Action Tracks.

The E2E dialogues were designed around specific innovations that have been developed in collaboration among US and host country scientists and organizations.  Experts from the U.S. and collaborating countries participated actively in the E2E dialogues. The WFC, working in collaboration with the Global Food Initiative (GFI) of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), presented eight E2E sessions between June 21, 2021 and July 15, 2021. The recorded dialogues are available and listed below.





June 21




Action Track 3

Boost nature-positive production



Innovations in Sustainable Animal Production

  • Use of Feed Formulation to Improve Animal Production

Adegbola Adesogan (University of Florida, USA)


  • Hai Ho Pham (HCMC DARD, Vietnam)
  • Padmakumar Varijakshapanicker (ILRI, India)
  • Aimable Uwizeye (FAO, Italy)
  • Ermias Kebreab (UC Davis, USA)

Invited Experts: Nouhoun Zampaligre (INERA, Burkina Faso), Diwakar Vyas (University of FloridaUSA), Adugna Tolera (Hawassa University, Ethiopia), Ajebu Nurfeta (Hawassa University, Ethiopia)


June 25



Action Track 1

Ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all

Innovations in Food Fortification and Supplementation

  • Lipid-based nutrient supplementation
  • Micronutrient fortification of bouillon cubes: Case Studies from Ghana, Cameroon and Haiti

Gerald Shively (Purdue University, USA)


  • Robert Bertram (USAID, USA)
  • Seth Adu-Afarwuah (Univ. of Ghana, Ghana)
  • Reina Engle-Stone (UC Davis, USA)
  • Christine  Stewart (UC Davis, USA)
  • Stephen Vosti (UC Davis, USA)

Invited Experts: Kathryn Dewey (UC Davis, USA); Kimberly Ryan Wessells (UC Davis, USA); Elodie Becquey (IFPRI, Senegal); Mduduzi Mbuya (GAIN, USA); Kendra Byrd (World Fish Center, Malaysia); Lynn Brown (IFPRI, USA); Mark Manary (Washington Univ. in St. Louis, USA)

June 28







Action Track 5

Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stress

Innovations for Promoting Resilience and Empowering Rural Families to Invest in Agricultural Transformation

  • Agricultural Index Insurance and Remote Sensing
  • Bundling Insurance and Seeds (Drought Tolerant Maize)
  • New Directions for Resilience Tools in Conflict Zones

Michael Carter (Director FTF Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk and Resilience, UC Davis, USA)


  • Chris Barrett (Cornell Univ., USA)
  • Paswel Marenya (CIMMYT, Kenya)
  • Mercy Kamau (Tegemeo Institute, Kenya)
  • Lillian Ndungu (RCMRD, Kenya)

Invited Experts: Kyle Emerick (Tufts Univ., USA); Patti Kristjanson (World Bank Group, USA/Canada)

June 29



Action Track 3

Boost nature-positive production

Innovations for Healthy Soils

  • USDA Pakistan Soil Fertility and Health Project
  • Integration of watershed rehabilitation and healthy soils for USDA Pakistan
  • Soil Atlas Projects

Jan Hopmans (UC Davis, USA)


  • Michael Kucera (USDA, USA)
  • Jon Fripp (USDA, USA)
  • Abdul Majid (ICARDA, Pakistan)
  • Mohammad Aslam (Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology, Pakistan)

Invited Experts: Henry Janzen (AAFC/AAC, Canada); Kate Scow (UC Davis, USA); Muhammad Sana Ullah (Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan); Jay Norton (University of Wyoming, USA)

June 30



Action Track 1

Ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all

Innovations to Advance Soybean in Africa

  • Pan-African Soybean Variety Trials
  • Soybean Management with Appropriate Research and Technology (SMART) Farm Program
  • Multi-Crop Thresher
  • ICT Connectivity

Peter Goldsmith (Director of Soybean Innovation Lab, Univ. of Illinois, USA)


  • Michelle da Fonseca Santos (Univ. of Illinois, USA)
  • Godfree Chigeza (IITA, Nigeria)
  • Eric Sedivy (Univ. of Illinois, USA)
  • Jeremy Venable (FTF Agricultural Diversification, Malawi)
  • Kelly Clark (Univ. of Missouri, USA)
  • Jeffrey Appiagyei Boakye (SAYeTECH, Ghana)
  • Paul Hixson (Univ. of Illinois, USA)
  • Stein Mkandawire (ZAMREN, Zambia)

Invited Experts: Brady Deaton, (Univ. of Missouri, USA); Dan Gustafson (FAO, Italy); Earl Kellogg (Univ. of Illinois, USA); Sandra Milach (Corteva Agriscience, USA); Ken Schneeberger (Univ. of Missouri, USA); Alex Winter-Nelson (Univ. of Illinois, USA).

July 7



Action Track 4

Advance equitable livelihoods

Innovations for Social Protection and Sustainable Graduation

  • Asset Building and Graduation Programs: Case Study of Kenya’s Boma Project
  • Graduation Programs:  Evidence from Six Countries
  • Sovereign Climate Risk Insurance in Scaling of Social Protection

Michael Carter (UC Davis, USA)


  • Robert Osei (Univ. of Ghana, Ghana)
  • Sam Owilly ( BOMA Project, Kenya)
  • Federica Carfagna (ARC – Insurance Industry)

Invited Experts: Sarah Jansen (University of Illinois, USA)

July 8

Action Track 2

Shift to sustainable consumption patterns

Innovations for Safe Vegetable Production and Reduction in Food Loss 

  • Screen House Production of Safe Vegetables
  • Small-scale Cold Rooms to Facilitate Markets and Reduce Waste

Elizabeth Mitcham (UC Davis, USA)


  • Archie Jarman/Michael Stuart Reed (UC Davis, USA)
  • Thort Chuong (St. Paul Institute, Cambodia)
  • B. Borarin (RUA, Cambodia)
  • Seraphin Niyonsenga (DryCard Promoter, Rwanda)
  • Julio Isabel Lopez Montes (Zamarano Univ., Honduras)
  • Michael Reid (UC Davis, USA)

Invited Experts: Lisa Kitinoja (Postharvest Education Foundation, USA); Daniel Pureco (Deloitte, Mexico); Cheryl Harrison (Vivia Foundation, Netherlands/USA); Jeffery LeJeune (FAO, Italy)

July 15

Action Track 1

Ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all

Innovations for Safe Food Production:  Aflatoxin Control

  • AflaPak
  • Aflasafe®


Deborah Hamilton (USDA, USA)


  • Sabyan Honey (CABI, Pakistan)
  • Hillary Mehl (USDA-ARS)
  • Bandyopadhyay, Ranajit (IITA, Nigeria)
  • Martins Awofisayo (Harvestfield Ltd., Nigeria)
  • Atif Jamal (Crop Diseases Research Institute - NARC, Pakistan)

Invited Experts: Babar Bajwa (CABI, Pakistan); Lloyd Garcia (Independent Consultant, USA); Pushpak Mehta (Ingredion Inc., Pakistan); Alejandro Ortega-Beltran (IITA, Nigeria); Bhubhinder Singh (A to Z Textiles, Tanzania); Hamzah Shabaz (CABI, Pakistan)