Two-thirds of the world’s population – 6.3 billion people – will live in urban areas by 2050, creating a staggering demand for nutritious, safe, and sustainable food. The global food system must transform to meet this demand. With this challenge, however, comes great opportunity to integrate the world’s small-scale farmers with burgeoning urban markets.

The Global Food Security Symposium 2016 will bring together key multi-disciplinary stakeholders to discuss transformations to the global food system necessary to feed growing cities. Participants will explore ideas to facilitate business investments and economic opportunities that can benefit small-scale farmers and urban consumers alike. At the symposium, the Council also will release a major report recommending specific actions that the US government can take to advance food security in an urban world.

Leading up to the symposium, be sure to check out our “Growing Food for Growing Cities” blog series. Over the next eight weeks, the series will explore the challenges posed to global food security by urbanization and the opportunities it presents for small-scale farmers to connect with growing cities. For more information, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

For further information please email Tria Raimundo at traimundo@thechicagocouncil.org.

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Growing Food for Growing Cities: Transforming Food Systems in an Urbanizing World

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GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY SYMPOSIUM 2016

Growing Food for Growing Cities
 

7:30 a.m.           REGISTRATION OPENS
 

8:30 a.m.           WELCOME

Ivo H. Daalder, President, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

8:35 a.m.           REPORT PRESENTATION

Douglas Bereuter, Cochair, Global Food and Agriculture Program, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; former Member, US House of Representatives
Dan Glickman, Cochair, Global Food and Agriculture Program, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; former Secretary, US Department of Agriculture

8:55 a.m.           INTRODUCTION

Navyn Salem, Founder and CEO, Edesia/Global Nutrition Solutions

8:57 a.m.           SPECIAL REMARKS

Senator Jack Reed, Member, US Senate, (D-RI)

9:02 a.m.           SPECIAL REMARKS AND INTRODUCTION

Rajiv Shah, Senior Advisor, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

9:05 a.m.           GLOBAL KEYNOTE: Growing Food and Growing Entrepreneurs: Investing in the Fuel of Africa's Future

Tony O. Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings; Founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation

9:20 a.m.           DISCUSSION – Feeding the World:  Urbanization and the Global Food System

By 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population, or 6.3 billion people, will inhabit urban areas. The most rapid urbanization is taking place in low- and middle-income countries: Africa is projected to grow from 40 to 56 percent urban, and Asia from 48 to 64 percent urban by 2050. The global food system must transform in order to feed cities sustainably, efficiently, and safely. This discussion will explore the opportunities, challenges, and rural-to-urban supply chain investments, infrastructure improvements, and innovative technologies needed for advancing growth and food security.

Chair: Maithreyi Seetharaman, Cochair, Fortune Most Powerful Women International; Anchor and Executive Editor, Real Economy

Panelists:
Sanjeev Asthana, Founder and Managing Partner, I-Farm Venture Advisors; Chairman, National Skills Foundation of India
Mathilde Mukantabana, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States; Nonresident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina
Thomas Reardon, Professor, MSU Distinguished Faculty, and AAEA Fellow, Michigan State University; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Lead Author, "Growing Food for Growing Cities: Transforming Food Systems in an Urbanizing World

10:30 a.m.        EMERGING SOLUTION: On Why We are Still Talking About Food Security

Sara Menker, Founder and CEO, Gro Intelligence

10:35 a.m.        EMERGING SOLUTION: Till: Connecting Brands to Smallholders via Mobile

Justin P. Oberman, CEO and Cofounder, Till Mobile

10:40 a.m.        BREAK

10:50 a.m.        SPECIAL REMARKS: Towards a More Inclusive Agricultural Transformation

Rodger Voorhies, Managing Director, Agricultural Development, Financial Services for the Poor, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation                  

11:05 a.m.        SPECIAL REMARKS: Driving Social Change: Inclusive Business in India

John F. Ginascol, Vice President, Supply Chain, Abbott Nutrition

11:10 a.m.        DISCUSSION – Partnerships for Inclusive Growth

This discussion will focus on the significant opportunities and challenges in achieving sustainable food systems. What role can multi-stakeholder partnerships and financial inclusion play to foster more inclusive sustainable and equitable growth, particularly for women and youth? How can we engage the burgeoning youth populations and create job opportunities?

Chair:  Stephanie Hanson, Senior Vice President, Policy and Partnerships, One Acre Fund
 
Panelists:
Niklas Buehren, Economist, Gender Innovation Lab, The World Bank
Beth Dunford, Assistant to the Administrator, Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future, USAID
Kavita Prakash-Mani, Executive Director, Grow Asia
Ayaz R. Shaikh, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

12:20 p.m.        EMERGING SOLUTION: Mobile Information Systems for Agribusiness Value Chain Efficiency

Linda Kwamboka, Cofounder and Director, M-Farm

12:30 p.m.        LUNCHEON

Introduction
Senator Amy Klobuchar, Member, US Senate, (D-MN)

12:50 p.m.           SPECIAL REMARKS: The Talent Crisis & Opportunity in Agriculture

Chris Policinski, CEO, Land O’Lakes

1:40 p.m.           SPECIAL REMARKS: Four Priorities for Building a More Sustainable Food System

Joe Stone, Corporate Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, Cargill, Incorporated

1:50 p.m.            DISCUSSION – Cultivating a Sustainable and Resilient Food System

This discussion will explore how sustainability is key for feeding cities, and the entire food system must be resilient to the many vulnerabilities and pressures linked to our global food system. Areas such as food safety and food waste, climate change and resources (water),  along with sociopolitical and economic shocks are key considerations to building improved supply chains and sustainable food system. What are the strategies and solutions needed  to foster resilient and sustainable development? What role do the Sustainable Development Goals and climate agreements play?
 
Chair:  Craig Hanson, Global Director, Food, Forests and Water Programs, World Resources Institute
 
Panelists:
Nicole Clifton, Vice President, Global Public Affairs, UPS
Kala Fleming, Water, Agriculture and Healthcare Manager, IBM Research – Africa 
Chris Jochnick, President and CEO, Landesa
John McDermott, Director, Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, International Food Policy Research Institute

3:00 p.m.           EMERGING SOLUTION: The Power of Simple Innovation to Combat Food Waste

Kavita Shukla, Founder and CEO, Fenugreen

3:05 p.m.           EMERGING SOLUTION: Finding Value in Waste in Kenya: The Martian Approach to Food Systems

David Auerbach, Cofounder, Sanergy

3:20 p.m.           DISCUSSION – Demand, Dietary Diversity, and Nutrition

This discussion will explore the potential impact of consumer demand, changes in lifestyles, and eating habits in growing cities. With the growth of urban populations comes the increase of urban malnutrition and food insecurity. How can we better harness supply chains to facilitate diet diversity in urban areas and prevent poor nutrition?
 
Chair:  Ann M. Veneman, former Executive Director, UN Children’s Fund; former United States Secretary of Agriculture

Panelists:
Bert Garza, University Professor, Boston College; Visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Visiting Professor, George Washington University’s School of Public Health
Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Author, The First 1,000 Days
Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary and Chief Scientist, US Department of Agriculture

4:25 p.m.           WRAP-UP

Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development, Imperial College, London

4:30 p.m.         REMARKS  

Alesha Black, Director, Global Food and Agricultural Program, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

4:35 p.m.       CONCLUDING REMARKS 

Douglas Bereuter, Cochair, Global Food and Agriculture Program, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Former Member, US House of Representatives (Nebraska)
Dan Glickman, Cochair, Global Food and Agriculture Program, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Former Secretary, US Department of Agriculture
 

Next Generation

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is pleased to host a delegation of students from land-grant and research universities that plan to enter the agriculture, development, or food sectors. Students are senior undergraduates or post-graduate-levels. Biographies for all students participating in the delegation are provided here for more information.

Next Generation Delegates

Johanna Andrews, Tufts University, Nutrition Science and Policy, PhD
Rachel Atwell, North Carolina State University, Crop Science, PhD
Christopher Au, Imperial College London, PhD
Kara Bresnahan, University of California, Berkeley, MPH
Carolyn Chelius, Wellesley College, Economics and Environmental Studies, BA
J. Michael Denney, University of Massachusetts Boston, Global Governance and Human Security, PhD 
Faridah O. Ibrahim, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Development Practice, MPA
Vincent Karenzi, Michigan State University, Agricultural Business Management, BS
Gretchen Knoth, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Global Human Development, MA
Maci Lienemann, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Animal Science, BS
Yangxuan Liu, Purdue University, PhD
Landon Marston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Civil and Environmental Engineering, PhD
Pius Mathi, University of Nairobi-Kenya, Food and Science Technology, MSc
Philipp Mueller, Harvard Kennedy School, MPA
Megan Schnell, Iowa State University, Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering, BS
Sarah Stefanos, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Environment and Resources, Dual PhD
Mikayla Sullivan, Iowa State University, Global Resource Systems and Public Service and Administration in Agriculture, BS
Tannis Thorlakson, Stanford University, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), PhD
Vidya Vemireddy, Cornell University, Applied Economics and Management, PhD

Social Media Ambassadors

Jeffrey Bloem, Michigan State University, Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics, MS/@JeffBloem
Charlotte Cherry, Georgetown University, Science, Technology, and International Affairs, Energy and Environment, BA/@cherryspicking
Kathlee Freeman, University of Missouri Columbia, Rural Sociology, MS/@ktisallin
Philip Kear, Cornell University, Plant Breeding and Genetics, PhD/@KearPhilip
Eamonn McGuinty, University of Guelph, International Trade and Development, MSc/@eamonnmcguinty
Marion Min-Barron, Tufts University, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, PhD/@ma1dmmb
Marshaun Montgomery, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Agriculture and Applied Economics, MSc/@faithink
Nall Moonilall, Ohio State University, Environmental Science, PhD/@nmoon15
June Nkwenge, University of Minnesota, MDP
Cassandra Oliveira, University of Chicago, Business Administration, MBA/@cass_olive
Yanni Poulakos, Tufts University and Harvard College, Public International Law and International Business, and Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, MS and MA
Teja Pristavec, Rutgers University, Sociology, PhD/@tejapristavec
Daniel Robinson, Tufts University, Law and Diplomacy, and Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, MA and MS/@dsrob90
Camila Urbina, Syracuse University, International Relations, MPA and MA/@CamiUrbinaE
Tammy Warren, Harvard University, Public Administration, MPA/@twarren02
Kari Wozniak, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Business Administration, MBA/@kariwoz1

Delegate Bios
 

Johanna Andrews, Tufts University, Nutrition Science and Policy, PhD

@jowitaandrews

Johanna Andrews is currently a PhD candidate at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Born in Honduras, Andrews developed an early interest in public health policy and nutrition research. After receiving her BA from Rice University, she worked for several studies at the USDA Children’s Nutrition Research Center in Houston. In 2011, Andrews completed her MS in public health sciences at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. At Tufts, she was a research analyst for the Title II Food Aid Exit Strategies Study in Bolivia and is now a junior researcher for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition. Her doctoral research uses data from a birth cohort study in Nepal to determine factors associated with aflatoxin exposure during pregnancy and to measure the effects of this exposure on birth outcomes.

Rachel Atwell, North Carolina State University, Crop Science, PhD

Rachel Atwell is a second year PhD student in the crop science department at North Carolina State University. Her current research focuses on weed control in cotton production and utilizing field pea genetics in the southeastern United States. Prior to this, her MS research focused on weed control and fertility management in organic corn and canola production. Between her MS and PhD programs, Atwell received a United States Borlaug Fellowship and conducted research on rice in Costa Rica. She earned her undergraduate degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  

Christopher Au, Imperial College London, PhD
@christopher_au

Christopher Au is a doctoral candidate in weather index insurance regulation across sub-Saharan Africa at Imperial College London. His research analyzes how the regulatory environment can enable and guide the design of index insurance programs to protect smallholder farmers and advance production methods. Previously, Au researched how an individualization of household risk, through insurance, can aid the United Kingdom in combating the growing frequency and intensity of flooding.

Kara Bresnahan, University of California, Berkeley, MPH

Kara Bresnahan received her PhD in nutritional sciences from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2014 and is currently pursuing her master's in public health at the University of California-Berkeley. Bresnahan’s research interests include the assessment of agriculture-based nutrition interventions, the relationship between chronic infection and nutritional status, and nutrition status indicators, with an emphasis on developing countries. She has contributed to projects in Africa and Latin America. In addition to her research, Bresnahan works with the nutrition innovation department at PATH in Seattle, and consults for the World Bank on a child nutrition and development trial in Madagascar.

Carolyn Chelius, Wellesley College, Economics and Environmental Studies, BA

Carolyn Chelius is a senior at Wellesley College, completing a dual degree in economics and environmental studies. She has concentrated her coursework on issues of food security and sustainability—most recently focusing on the role of genetically modified organisms in a global food system. Chelius has worked for Fair Food Philadelphia, where she analyzed a coupon program that doubled SNAP recipients’ produce purchasing power; Let’s Talk About Food Boston, where she built a network of collegiate student groups around food issues; and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where she contributed to the Global Food for Thought blog and weekly newsletter. She spent a semester in Italy studying food sustainability and culture, and is affiliated with Slow Food Wellesley.

J. Michael Denney, University of Massachusetts Boston, Global Governance and Human Security, PhD 
@jmdenney

J. Michael Denney is a PhD candidate in global governance and human security at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston. His areas of concentration are food security, land investment, agricultural development, and development economics, with a specific focus on the Horn of Africa. He is a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow, and he has conducted extensive field research in Djibouti and Ethiopia. He speaks both English and French.

Faridah O. Ibrahim, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Development Practice, MPA
@FaridahIbrahim_

Faridah Ibrahim is an MPA-DP candidate at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She received her undergraduate degree in economics from the American University of Nigeria. Prior to SIPA, she was at an African impact investment firm, where she worked to improve the productivity and incomes of thousands of rural smallholder farmers. At SIPA, her study is focused on the innovative methods of using agriculture to reduce poverty in Africa. She is an alumna of the inaugural class of fellows at the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Vincent Karenzi, Michigan State University, Agricultural Business Management, BS
@vikarenzi

Vincent Karenzi is a MasterCard Scholar at Michigan State University, pursuing a BS in agriculture business management and environmental studies with a specialization in international development. He grew up in a small village of Rwanda where more than 80 percent of Rwandans depends on farming while the majority of them struggle to put food on their table. This influenced him to pursue the study of agriculture and development. Karenzi’s interest is to work with smallholder farmers in East Africa to create small and medium businesses in agriculture and to develop projects which will attract youths to the agriculture sector.   

Gretchen Knoth, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Global Human Development, MA

Gretchen Knoth is a master's candidate at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a concentration in agriculture and private sector growth. She is currently working with The Coca-Cola Company on a sustainable apple production program in China. Prior to that, Knoth served as an intern for USAID and the Philippines focusing on industry competitiveness, trade, and electronic payments projects. In 2011, she received a Fulbright Grant to Indonesia, and speaks Italian and Spanish. 

Maci Lienemann, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Animal Science, BS
@Maci_Lienemann

Maci Lienemann is currently a senior at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln studying animal science with a focus in biology and a minor in political science. As a lifelong beef producer, her future goals and aspirations are greatly influenced by her desire to improve practice, products, and policies surrounding the livestock industry in order to meet the increased protein needs of an ever-growing global population. In the fall, she will begin her master’s program in animal genetics at the University of California-Davis with research interests in genetic improvements of livestock through biotechnology and related public policy.

Yangxuan Liu, Purdue University, PhD
@YangxuanLiu

Yangxuan Liu is a PhD candidate in agricultural economics advised by Dr. Michael Langemeier at Purdue University. Liu concentrates on agricultural finance and agribusiness. She received her BS in economics at the University of Macau, and an MS in agricultural economics at Purdue University. Liu’s research interests are related to global food security. Most of her research has focused on one particular solution for global food security: precision farming technology. Her research has the potential to control the spread of the late blight disease and limit potential losses in the production of tomatoes and potatoes.  

Landon Marston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Civil and Environmental Engineering, PhD
@LandonMarston

Landon Marston is a PhD candidate in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research is focused on how the global food trade system impacts local water sustainability. Marston’s research has been covered by The New York Times, TIME Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. Before attending the University of Illinois, Marston worked for the Army Corps of Engineers as a water resources engineer. He holds a master’s degree in water resources engineering from Texas A&M University, as well as an MBA and BS from the University of Kentucky.  

Pius Mathi, University of Nairobi-Kenya, Food and Science Technology, MSc
@pius_mathi

Pius Mathi is currently pursuing his MSc in food science and technology with a focus on innovative food security. Influenced by his personal experiences with the challenges of hunger, he seeks to become an innovative scientist in the food and agriculture sector. He is a junior reviewer for the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Development and serves as a research assistant for a joint project between the University of Nairobi and German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Philipp Mueller, Harvard Kennedy School, MPA 

Philipp Mueller is a development finance professional pursuing a master's in public administration at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. As a passionate advocate for cross-sectoral dialogue, he is particularly interested in overcoming the dichotomy of sustainability and scale in agriculture. Mueller worked with the German Investment and Development Corporation as senior investment manager for agribusiness with a regional focus on Africa and Latin America. Additional professional experiences include the KfW Development Bank and the African Development Bank Group. He holds a dual degree in international business from ESB Business School in Germany and Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Spain.

Megan Schnell, Iowa State University, Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering, BS
@Megan_Schnell18

Megan Schnell is a sophomore at Iowa State University studying agricultural and biological systems engineering. Through international travel, she was exposed to food security issues at an early age which has profoundly influenced her academic and career pursuits. After entering college, Schnell began work as an undergraduate researcher where she participated in a food processing project to develop innovative fish food pellets derived from corn and soy. She has also been actively involved in various leadership roles, serving as a sophomore advisor for the President’s Leadership Class and as the past president of the Biological Systems Engineering Club. Recently, she was selected for a yearlong fellowship with Land O’Lakes, Inc., as an emerging leader for food security through their Global Food Challenge program. This opportunity will not only allow her to expand her leadership skills, but inspire her to create more sustainable solutions to our current technology, such as aquaculture, in order to meet our global food challenges.

Sarah Stefanos, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Environment and Resources, Dual PhD

Sarah Stefanos is a PhD student in sociology and a PhD candidate in environment and resources at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is interested in land and agricultural issues in Ethiopia, and in agrarian development in East Africa more broadly. Her other academic interests include biofuels, environmental sociology, science and technology studies, post-socialist economies, organizational behavior, diaspora entrepreneurism, consumerism, and ageing. In 2012, she and two colleagues cofounded W2E, a waste-to-energy company in Uganda, that has since transformed into a renewable energy and agricultural research organization that specializes in biogas systems.

Mikayla Sullivan, Iowa State University, Global Resource Systems and Public Service and Administration in Agriculture, BS
@mikaylas95

Mikayla Sullivan is CEO and cofounder of KinoSol, a social good ag-tech startup, specializing in solar food dehydrators for subsistence farmers in developing countries. KinoSol's focus is on reducing post-harvest loss, while aiming to increase income, improve nutrition, and empower women. Sullivan studies global resource systems and public service and administration in agriculture at Iowa State University. She is also a member and previous regional director of IAAS (International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences), president of Circle K, was a USA student ambassador at Expo Milano 2015, is a GRS peer mentor, and a GRIP YSS mentor. After graduation, Sullivan will continue growing KinoSol and have an impact on the agribusiness industry in developing countries.

Tannis Thorlakson, Stanford University, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), PhD

Tannis Thorlakson is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Environment and Resources program at Stanford University. She is interested in the private sector's role in improving social and environmental outcomes in agricultural supply chains. Thorlakson’s current work focuses on the role food retail firms can play in influencing environmental management practices at the farm level. After receiving her BA in environmental science and public policy from Harvard University, she worked as an investment analyst at an impact-investing firm focused on sustainable agriculture and forestry. She has also spent time doing field research with smallholder farmers in Kenya, consulting on social and environmental issues for a large-scale Argentinian soybean producer and for the agriculture technology nonprofit Digital Green.

Vidya Vemireddy, Cornell University, Applied Economics and Management, PhD

Vidya Vemireddy is currently pursuing her Phd in applied economics and management. She is part of the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative doing field work in India on topics related to women's participation in producer organizations and the linkages of nutrient demand between women's empowerment. In 2015, Vemireddy conducted a field study in Gujarat, India on the feasibility of promoting wheat flour fortification using women’s self help groups. She holds a bachelors in economics from Delhi University, India, and a master's from Boston University. 

Presentations

Author and Council senior fellow Roger Thurow will debut his new book, The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World, at the symposium, where pre-release copies will be available for purchase. Find out more about the book in this exclusive video interview.

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