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


Interview with Doug Bereuter on Global Food Security

In this video interview, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Global Agricultural Development Initiative Co-Chair Doug Bereuter discusses the importance of investing in women farmers and sustaining the US leadership in global agriculture and food security programs.





Commentary - Africa: A Continent of Opportunity

I recently returned from a conference hosted by the Aspen Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with a number of scholars and members of Congress. Over a period of several days we did an in-depth exploration of the myriad issues encompassing U.S. relations with the 54 nations of Africa.


Photo of the Week

Annette Kwamboka peels the husk off a cob of her mother's maize in Bugita, Kenya.







Commentary - Sharing Agricultural Success with President Obama

When I first got the idea back in 2008 that the women farmers like myself in central Senegal should join together to help one another succeed, I never would have guessed that five years later I would be sharing that story of success with the president of the United States. 


Commentary - Is Feed the Future delivering results? Yes – with some limitations.

Robai Nyongesa, a smallholder farmer in western Kenya, used to struggle to grow enough maize to feed her family. Last year, she was able to harvest 20 bags of maize from 1 acre of land, a fivefold increase over her previous poor harvests. Her large harvest enabled her to feed her three children, and to hire a tutor to give her children private lessons at home.