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

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