Food Security COVID-19 Learning Event

IDEAL invites emergency and non-emergency food security practitioners to this collaborative, multi-day, online learning event

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NOTE: The dates of the Food Security COVID-19 Learning Event have changed and will now take place from June 21-24, 2021. 

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Facilitated by IDEAL, the Food Security COVID-19 Learning Event will create an opportunity for emergency and non-emergency practitioners of USAID/Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance-funded activities to: 

  • Pause and reflect on the lessons learned so far from implementing emergency and non-emergency food security activities during the COVID-19 pandemic; 

  • Explore innovations and adaptations resulting from the response to a changing environment; 

  • Discuss the implications and applicability of lessons learned and adaptations across pandemic contexts to situations beyond COVID-19; and 

  • Network with colleagues to establish and strengthen relationships for peer-to-peer collaboration and learning.  

To learn more, watch our video messages in English and French from James Akai and Salomon Matchoudo (IDEAL's Regional Facilitators in Africa). Any questions or suggestions for the learning event planning team? Send us an email at learningevent@fsnnetwork.org.  

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Thematic Areas 

The Food Security COVID-19 Learning Event will be centered around four thematic areas informed by our consultations with implementing partners. Click on the names of the thematic areas below to learn more.

 

Session Formats

The Food Security COVID-19 Learning Event will have a variety of session formats that allow for storytelling, collective problem-solving, co-creating, and networking. IDEAL encourages implementing partners to submit to become presenters or facilitators for the session formats described below.

Lightning Talks 

Patterned after “TED Talks” (here’s an example), Lightning Talks are 13-15 minutes in length and the ideal format to share innovations and adaptations to food security activities as a result of COVID-19 (learning event objective #2). Submissions for this format should cater to at least one of the learning event thematic areas.  

Lightning Talk speakers will focus on their verbal storytelling. They can use slides, but the slides should contain images or visuals with minimal text. Speakers will be encouraged to use a script and rehearse the timing of their Talks.   

The Lightning Talks will be pre-recorded, with support from IDEAL. Two Lightning Talks on related topics will be strung together to form a 30-minute session. After each pair of Talks, the two speakers, with facilitation support from IDEAL, will host a live 30-minute Q&A session.  

Submit to Become a Lightning Talks Speaker 

Fill out the submission form linked below by Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET. 

You may also complete an offline form (download the form here) and e-mail it to learningevent@fsnnetwork.org.

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Collaborative Sessions 

Collaborative Sessions convene small groups of 15-20 participants to discuss and problem-solve around enduring challenges and/or to co-create an output, such as tip sheets or a collection of resources, for example. They are 60-90 minutes in length and the ideal format for pausing and reflecting on lessons learned (objective #1) and taking the learning forward, beyond COVID-19 (objective #3).  Submissions for this format should cater to at least one of the learning event thematic areas.  

Collaborative Session hosts are not presenting in the traditional sense. They will facilitate the discussion and/or output creation. IDEAL will support session hosts in preparing facilitation guides and designing the conversations to ensure the sessions achieve their stated goals.   

Each collaborative session timeslot is live. Outputs from these sessions will be made available asynchronously.   

Submit to Become a Collaborative Session Facilitator 

Fill out the submission form linked below by Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET. 

You may also complete an offline form (download the form here) and e-mail it to learningevent@fsnnetwork.org.

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Resource Reveal 

Resource Reveal sessions will allow the implementing community to share practical resources with one another: tools and toolkits, templates, and guides or manuals. Submissions for this format will ideally cover at least one thematic area, although this is not a requirement. Resource Reveal sessions are intended to address all four learning event objectives. 

These sessions will be 60 minutes in length, with three presenters sharing their resource for 15 minutes each, followed by a Q&A portion. Resource Reveal presenters will prepare key talking points and focus on how to use and apply their resources in various contexts. The sessions will be live and interactive.   

Submit to Become a Resource Reveal Presenter 

Fill out the submission form linked below by Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET. 

You may also complete an offline form (download the form here) and e-mail it to learningevent@fsnnetwork.org.

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Virtual Tea Rooms 

Virtual tea rooms are open spaces for informal discussions and networking. They are 45 minutes in length and will provide opportunities for attendees to establish and strengthen relationships with each other (objective #4). The rooms may convene implementers in similar roles, activity types, sectoral interests, and regions, among others.  

Each tea room will be facilitated by a tea room host (or hosts) who will prepare questions to convene around. The sessions will be live; participants can come and go as they wish.  

Submit to Become a Virtual Tea Room Host 

Fill out the submission form linked below by Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET. 

You may also complete an offline form (download the form here) and e-mail it to learningevent@fsnnetwork.org.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Click the image below access the full FAQ document. For more information, view the recording of our information session held on April 16, 2021.

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Because the event will be 100% online, we will use an event platform called Whova. You will need to (1) register for the event and (2) create an account with Whova. You can access the platform on your computer, or on your mobile phone (simply download the app). Start by registering for the event by clicking the button below. In the confirmation message, you will find the link to create your Whova account. 

Having trouble? We recorded a step-by-step guide.

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This event is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of the Implementer-led Design, Evidence, Analysis and Learning (IDEAL) Activity and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.