From 4 October 2021 to 7 October 2021 Montpellier

Montpellier Global Days

Montpellier University of Excellence, of which CIRAD is a founding member, is organizing Montpellier Global Days Africa 2021. From 4 to 7 October, scientists, politicians, citizens and journalists will be meeting to discuss six topics: biodiversity, food systems, agroecological transitions, water, Nourish-Care-Protect technology, international health and One Health.

Welcome & Opening of the Montpellier Global Days

Monday 4 October. 9:00 - 9:20.

Introduction to the Summit, with CIRAD's CEO, Elisabeth Claverie de Saint Martin

Agroecological Transitions Days

Live stream 

Research working for agroecological transitions in Africa

Monday 4 October, CIRAD Lavalette Campus. 9:00-12:30 and 13:45-18:15

9:20 - 9:30: Introduction of the theme, with Nadine Andrieu (CIRAD)

9:30-10:45:  Training / capacity building / innovative education (market place)

  • Focus Agricultural advisory systems, with Patrice Djamen (CIRAD) and Teatske Baker (CIRAD)
  • Focus Agricultural and rural training systems
  • Focus Higher education system

11:05-12:30:  Joint-production of actionable knowledge, with Ahmadou Sow (CIRAD)

11:05-11:30: Emblematic cases of co-construction of agroecological solutions innovative, with Ahmadou Sow (CIRAD)

11:30-12:30: Action research with farmers, in the context of farms agriculture with their constraints, with Anne Périnelle (CIRAD)

14:00-14:50: Agroecology, a growing place in CGIAR's work in Africa

14:50-16:25: Innovation as a path toward socio-technical transitions, led by Anne-Cécile Bras, environment correspondent, RFI, with Sylvaine Lemeilleur (CIRAD)

16:45-18:15: Session on DyTAES ( round table and photo exhibit opening), led by Anne-Cécile Bras, with Raphaël Belmin (CIRAD)

The keys to developing agroecological transitions in Africa

Tuesday 5 October, CIRAD Lavalette Campus. 8:45-12:30 and 13:30-18:15

9:15-10:45:  Employment and Incubation / Changing scales. CIRAD and its African partners’ incubated joint solutions, with Teatske Baker (CIRAD)

11:05-12:30:  Lifting obstacles to agroecological transitions together, with Nadine Andrieu (CIRAD)

14:00-18:00: Building a partnership for a sustainable cocoa sector - Chocolate tasting

  • 14:00-14:05: Welcome, with CIRAD's CEO, Elisabeth Claverie de Saint Martin
  • 14:05-14:15: Presentation of the global environmental and economic context which encourages the sectors to move towards sustainable and fair chocolate production, with François Ruf (CIRAD)
  • 14:15-15:15: Agroecology as a means of moving towards the sustainability of the cocoa sectors, with a showing of the film "Cocoa4Future", led by Patrick Jagoret, (CIRAD, Cocoa4Future project coordinator)

16:45-17:45: Round table - Economic and political players, led by Anne-Cécile Bras, with CIRAD's CEO, Elisabeth Claverie de Saint Martin

17:15-17:30: Closing, with CIRAD's CEO, Elisabeth Claverie de Saint Martin

Food Systems Days

Live stream

Food systems in Africa: state of play and challenges to be addressed

Monday 4 October, Amphitheatre – Agropolis International

9:00-9:45: Sustainable food systems: what are we talking about? with Nicolas Bricas (CIRAD, UNESCO Chair in World Food Systems)

9:45-11:00: Feeding growing African cities, with Paule Moustier (CIRAD, Head of MOISA joint research unit) and Nicolas Bricas (CIRAD, UNESCO Chair in World Food Systems)

11:15-12:30:  What food systems in Africa for mobilizing the potential of the youth? Led by Pierre Girard (CIRAD)

14:00-15:15: Food, health and well-being

15:15- 16:30:  Food and the environment

16:45-18:00:  Food systems and markets

Together in support of transformations in food systems

Mardi 5 October, Agropolis International

9:00-12:00:  Visit of CIRAD's experimental food processing facilities, experimentation and testing of African food products and
presentation of research partnerships

13:45-15:15: Nature and challenges of partnerships for sustainable food systems, with Sylvain Depigny (CIRAD)

15:30-17:00: Perspectives and conclusions, led by Sandrine Dury (CIRAD)

Biodiversity Days


Charles Flahault Amphitheatre – Institut de botanique

Tuesday 5 October: 

10:35-10:55: Round table - Linking public policies and private initiatives for combating imported deforestation, speaker: Alain Karsenty (CIRAD)

International Health and One Health Days

Tuesday 5 October, Maison des étudiants « Aimé Schoenig », Espace Richter - "B" Building, University of Montpellier

14:20-14:40: Epidemic response lessons learned from the One Health approach in the response to the Ebola epidemic in Guinea, with Julien Capelle (CIRAD)

14:40-15:00: PREZODE - An international initiative to address the risks of zoonotic emergence, with Marisa Peyre (CIRAD)

15:00-15:20: A joint-development community approach on health and environment issues, speakers: Aurélie Binot and Raphaël Duboz (CIRAD)

15:20-15:45: Animal health and health risks - LIDISKI project (Nigeria), LIPS project (Zimbabwe), with Mathieu Bourgarel (CIRAD) 

Water Days

Tuesday 5 October, place to be determined

9:00-10:00: Recherche, training, innovation success stories: discussions and exchanges based on video capsules and poster presentations

10:00-11:00: Networks, culture success stories: discussions and exchanges based on video capsules and poster presentations

11:00-12:00: Round table: Water issues and the contribution of the young generation of African scientists

12:00-12:30: Ideackathon semi-finals

Nourish-Care-Protect Technology Days

Live stream

Tuesday 5 October, Jean-Jacques Morreau Amphitheatre, Saint-Priest Campus

8:45-10:30: Frugal Farm Technologies (precision agriculture & agroecology) and logistical and economic intelligence in agricultural & food value chains (platforms, traceability & certification of produces, blockchain), with Pascal Bonnet (CIRAD)


Wednesday 6 October, "A" Amphitheatre, Pharmacy Faculty

9:00-10:30: Feedback from the six groups

11:00-12:30: Round table - Nourish-Care-Protect: discussion on related issues

14:00-15:00:  The Great Green Wall in 2030: an example of successful programme in Sahel!

15:15-16:15:  Towards the prevention of emerging zoonoses: the PREZODE initiative (Preventing ZOonotic Disease Emergence), facilitated by Marisa Peyre (CIRAD)

16:30-17:30: Round table - Nourish-Care-Protect: global issues and international expertise IPCC-IPBES-HLPE

Thursday 7 October, "A" Amphitheatre, Pharmacy Faculty

8:30-10:00: Round table -  Development through Higher Education

10:15-11:45: Round table - Development through Research, with Sylvain Perret (CIRAD)

12:00-13:00: Round table -  The relationship between Research and Innovation

14:00-15:00: Round table - Nourish-Care-Protect: global issues and international expertise

15:15-16:30: Round table - Issues related to partnership funding