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
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.
1,000 Days Blog, 1,000 Days
Africa Can End Poverty, World Bank
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
As the 21st century world sees rapid population growth, it faces the dual challenge of feeding the growing population and alleviating poverty.
The most memorable question was posed to Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda: “How should agri-research be adopted to aid smallholder farmers?”
Many of us want global trade to be more environmentally friendly, fairer to workers in developing countries and committed to preserving our cultural differences.
Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture painted a complex, challenging, but also hopeful landscape of the food and agriculture policy of the United States.
Agriculture and free trade agreements provide an important platform for increased engagement and cooperation across borders.
Handling the Heat: Climate Change’s Impact on Agriculture
Dr. Helene Gayle has served in global health and development for much of her life. Yet, she began her keynote address by noting that she has learned more about nutrition since leaving the medical profession, than while she was a practicing physician.
We face dual challenges in food security: We need to get food to the people who need it today and grow more for the people who will need it tomorrow. Open, well-functioning markets can help.
In my role as Chairman of the world’s largest nutrition, health and wellness company, I know that changing the global food security agenda will take time, require a clear understanding of all the dimensions of the challenge – as well as the linkages between them. And it will also require an equally clear understanding of where targets may be conflicting.
Earlier this week, I attended the Chicago Council’s Symposium on Agriculture and Food Security, and for the second year in a row heard from experts in the fight against hunger.
When policymakers talk about rising food prices, they lump all food together -- but what they mean is cereal prices.
I was fortunate to be in attendance as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs released their new report, “Advancing Global Food Security: The Power of Science, Trade, and Business” at the 2013 Global Food Security Symposium.
Congress should commit the United States to a global food and nutrition security strategy, and the vice president should oversee it, a new report from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs recommends.
I’ll soon be attending the Symposium on Agriculture and Food Security. It doesn’t happen often that world leaders, researchers and philanthropists have the chance to gather for two days to discuss the progress made in the past year – and the work that’s still ahead – in addressing food security challenges.
Raj Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, described the Obama administration’s—and more broadly, civil society’s—efforts to fight global hunger as an “all hands on deck effort.”