Robynne Anderson's Emerging Thoughts on Ag

Farming First to Co-Host SDG Side Event at United Nations in New York

Farming First is joining forces with the International Coalition for Advocating Nutrition (ICAN) and WaterAid to hold a side event on how the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), nutrition and agricultural sectors can partner to deliver a comprehensive Post 2015 Development Framework and explore the feasibility of collaborative implementation, monitoring, and measurement of progress. The event will be titled “Multipurpose indicators: Linking WASH, Nutrition and Agriculture to Achieve a Comprehensive and Sustainable Post 2015 Development Agenda”. Event details are:

Multipurpose indicators: Linking WASH, Nutrition and Agriculture to Achieve a Comprehensive and Sustainable Post 2015 Development Agenda
23rd April 2015, 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Room 13, UNHQ Conference Building
New York, NY, U.S.A

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Bunge and Saudis take Leadership in Wheat Board

The Canadian grain handling landscape just got more interesting. With the acquisition of a majority ownership of the Canadian Wheat Board, Bunge Canada and the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) are providing more options and important equity into the handling system. It is interesting times.

From the press release:

G3 Global Grain Group invests in CWB

G3 Global Grain Group (G3), a newly established agribusiness joint venture based in Canada, has been named the successful investor in CWB. The investment of C$250 million (subject to certain closing conditions and adjustments) will result in G3 acquiring a majority ownership interest of 50.1% in CWB, with the minority ownership interest to be held in trust for the benefit of farmers. The transaction is expected to close in July 2015. Read More

4R Nutrient Stewardship

Agriculture is under continual pressure and incentive to improve its use of resources. For two decades the fertilizer sector has been promoting ways to make sure the right amount of fertilizer gets used by applying the 4Rs – Right source, Right rate, Right time and Right place.

The International Fertilizer Industry Association recently released this neat infographic that illustrated these four principles to help promote their 4R Nutrient Stewardship Policy Toolkit (PDF, 1.5MB).

4R Principles of Nutrient Stewardship

4R Principles of Nutrient Stewardship

Ag Research Getting Focused on the SDGs

Having been working on the process to create new Millennium Development Goals, to be called Sustainable Development Goals with a strong focus on agriculture, nutrition and food, it is exciting to see the galvanizing role they are playing

In a guest post on Farming First, a global coalition for sustainable agricultural development, Frank Rijsberman, CEO of CGIAR Consortium outlines how the world’s biggest agricultural research partnership intends to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, and not just the ones that relate to hunger.

You can read the full post here: http://www.farmingfirst.org/2015/04/frank-rijsberman-how-cgiar-will-deliver-on-sustainable-development-goals.

IFA Outreach in New York, 23rd-27th March

A delegation of fertilizer industry leaders from across the globe was present in New York during the week of the 23rd to 27th March for the latest session of negotiations surrounding the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. These goals are meant to follow on from the Millennium Development goals, which are to be realized in 2015, and will play a large role in setting the agenda for worldwide development policies in the near future.

It is with this in mind that the delegation of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) conducted bilateral meetings with representatives from over a dozen United Nations bodies and national delegations. These proved to be an excellent opportunity for a frank exchange of views concerning the central importance of agriculture for sustainable development, and the role that private sector actors can play in alleviating poverty and achieving food security. The IFA delegates were able to have honest and rewarding conversations with those at the heart of the negotiations, and to establish and strengthen relationships that will be useful for a wide range of activities.

Hopefully, these efforts will prove to be a solid link in the chain pulling the world towards a more food secure future. This future cannot be forged by government actors alone, and it is vital that the private sector be able to engage with them in order to achieve sustainable agricultural intensification to meet the planet’s growing food and nutrition needs.