May 20, 2013

2013 Global Food Security Symposium

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs will be hosting its fourth Annual Global Food Security Symposium tomorrow, starting at 830 am EDT. The event’s agenda can be found here.

Those interested can follow the Symposium’s proceedings: 

  • Webcast - Sessions from 8:30a.m. – 4:30 p.m. will be webcasted at www.thechicagocouncil.org/livestream
  • Twitter – Follow and join in the conversation by using hashtag #globalag. The Global Agricultural Development Initiative will be tweeting throughout the day’s event @globalagdev
  • Pinterest – Follow Global Agricultural Development Initiative Pinterest board for live up-to-the minute updates.
  • Global Food for Thought Blog – Visit Global Food for Thought for guest commentaries and live blog-posts throughout the Symposium.
  • Live Bloggers – The following bloggers will be continuously blogging throughout the event:
    • Keron Bascombe, TECHNOLOGY4AGRI, blog centered on technological application in agriculture, Trinidad
    • Michael Hoevel, Agriculture for Impact, deputy director, Ag4Impact, London, U.K.
    • Firdavs Kabilov, former research consultant for the International Water Management Organisation, Uzbekistan
    • Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank, expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues, Chicago, IL.
    • Meerim Shakirova, Land Administration, consultant for at the World Bank, Kyrgyzstan
    • Erin Stock, InterAction, former journalist covering international development and humanitarian news, Washington, D.C.

Keynotes/Distinguished Speakers include: 

  • Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO, CARE
  • Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO and founder, FEED
  • Rajiv Shah, administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Thomas Vilsack, secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

About

The Global Food and Agriculture Program aims to inform the development of US policy on global agricultural development and food security by raising awareness and providing resources, information, and policy analysis to the US Administration, Congress, and interested experts and organizations.

The Global Food and Agriculture Program is housed within the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. The Council on Global Affairs convenes leading global voices and conducts independent research to bring clarity and offer solutions to challenges and opportunities across the globe. The Council is committed to engaging the public and raising global awareness of issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.

Support for the Global Food and Agriculture Program is generously provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Blogroll

1,000 Days Blog, 1,000 Days

Africa Can End Poverty, World Bank

Agrilinks Blog

Bread Blog, Bread for the World

Can We Feed the World Blog, Agriculture for Impact

Concern Blogs, Concern Worldwide

Institute Insights, Bread for the World Institute

End Poverty in South Asia, World Bank

Global Development Blog, Center for Global Development

The Global Food Banking Network

Harvest 2050, Global Harvest Initiative

The Hunger and Undernutrition Blog, Humanitas Global Development

International Food Policy Research Institute News, IFPRI

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center Blog, CIMMYT

ONE Blog, ONE Campaign

One Acre Fund Blog, One Acre Fund

Overseas Development Institute Blog, Overseas Development Institute

Oxfam America Blog, Oxfam America

Preventing Postharvest Loss, ADM Institute

Sense & Sustainability Blog, Sense & Sustainability

WFP USA Blog, World Food Program USA

Archive

Meet the Experts: Navyn Salem

Navyn Salem is the founder and Executive Director of Edesia, a non-profit producer of Plumpy’Nut and other peanut-based, ready-to-use nutritious foods used to treat and prevent childhood malnutrition. Since March 2010, Edesia has reached 1.6 million malnourished children in 36 countries.


Interview with Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, chief executive officer and head of mission of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), highlights the need to invest in women farmers to boost agricultural production and the intersection between scientific research and agricultural development.
 


Photo of the Week

Anonciata Mbakirirehe of Kayenzi, Rwanda, stands amid her newly germinated maize.


Interview with 2013 Next Generation Student Jose Pablo Soto-Arias

Jose Pablo Soto-Arias, a plant pathology student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, describes his work on food-borne plant pathogens as well as the importance of supporting new agricultural research and young scientists in the field of food security.
 


Interview with Cynthia Rosenzweig

Cynthia E. Rosenzweig, senior research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, discusses the important role of research and education to help mitigate impacts of climate change.



Photo of the Week

Beatrice Wasike of Victorious, Kenya, shows off the millet she harvested this season. Beatrice harvested 8 bags of millet from a quarter acre of land.




Photo of the Week

Farmers in Kibachenje, Kenya, look through enrollment materials for the 2014 season.




Photo of the Week

Like most women in the Maasai community in Kenya, Elizabeth Talash Naikoni is up at dawn to milk her cows.


Interview with Ren Wang: Empowering Smallholder Farmers

Ren Wang, assistant director general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, explains why we must support smallholder farmers through knowledge, market access, and technology in order to achieve global food security.