The first Roundtable Forum in a series of Planning Symposia for the Global Action Plan on Agricultural Diversification (GAPAD) was held at Crops For the Future (CFF) Headquarters, Malaysia from 21-22 March 2016. The two-day event was co-organised by CFF and University of Nottingham in Malaysia, with support from the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur and the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA).

The primary objective of the Roundtable Forum is to identify the contribution of agricultural diversification to SDG7 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 2030: Ensure Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern Energy for All.

The Roundtable Forum brought together subject matter experts from around the globe and presenting the government sector, academic and research institutions, and the private sector. The delegates were:

1. Dr Frederic Beaudoin, Rothamsted Research UK
2. Dr Kim Brooksbank, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
3. Mr Martin Leuenberger, Leureko AG, Switzerland
4. Dr Hayden Marcollo, AMOG Consulting, Australia
5. Dr Niall McNamara, Lancaster Environment Centre UK
6. Prof. Nigel Minton, University of Nottingham UK
7. Dr Denny Ng, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
8. Dr Rebecca Rowe, Lancaster Environment Centre UK
9. Mr Damitha Samarakoon, Janathakshan (GTE) Ltd., Sri Lanka

The process of developing GAPAD through a comprehensive programme of symposia over a three-year period will build new knowledge, foster leadership, strengthen existing capacity, enhance networks and partnerships, and generate new collaboration and undertakings.

GAPAD will be the first global plan ever developed that will achieve agricultural diversification in support of a universally accepted agenda for sustainable development. This initiative will also guide global decision-makers in their quest to achieve the aspirations and targets established in the UNFCCC Paris Agreement.