African students organise conference on food security
The organisation initiating the conference and writing competition is the Global Coalition for Africa (GCA). This international group brings together representatives of African governments, bilateral donors, regional and multinational development agencies. It serves as a high-level political forum for organising a new partnership between African governments and the donor community.
Monica Schuerman of the Dutch GCA office explains that the conference at WAU is part of a series. In previous years, similar events were organised with other institutes for international education in the Netherlands. The Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences in Enschede organised a conference on technology transfer and the Institute for Social Studies a conference on the theme of democratization in Africa. According to Schuerman, WAU is a logical choice regarding this year's theme of food security.
GCA approached the Dean's Office for International Students with the idea of a conference in combination with a writing competition. An organising committee has been established by African members of the International Student Panel. The two day event will be funded by the Ministry For Foreign Affairs.