Agriculture is a major source of livelihoods and the basis of food production around the world. Yet for many years, Sweden’s development programmes neglected this crucial sector – until in 2008, the Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI) was born.
Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), SIANI brings together experts in agriculture, forestry, nutrition and related fields to advance knowledge and support effective development interventions focused on sustainable agricultural production.
Since its inception, SIANI has sponsored expert meetings, workshops and seminars; built a library of print and digital resources on agriculture, food security and nutrition – including numerous original publications – and facilitated collaborations amongst Swedish experts and colleagues around the world.
Now, as SIANI enters a new work phase, with renewed Sida support, the leadership team is looking for ideas for how the network can achieve even more.
The Jan. 21 meeting, to be held from 9:00 to 16:00 in Stockholm’s Stadsmuseet, will seek input for SIANI’s next work plan, discuss emerging issues, and provide an opportunity to make new contacts and add to the network’s 850-strong membership. The key questions for this meeting are:
- How can we reach the SIANI vision of “food security and nutrition for all”?
- Why is SIANI important for its members, and how can it provide greater value?
- In what areas could we build more knowledge and/or capacity?
- What new activities should we pursue?
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required (deadline: 17 January). The programme will include lunch, refreshments, presentations, workshops, networking and entertainment. Keynote speakers at the event are Annika Söder, executive director of the Dag Hammarskiöld Foundation; Magnus Jirström, a professor at Lund University; Hanna Marsk, programme officer at Sida; and Jakob Granit, director of SEI’s Stockholm Centre.