Robynne Anderson's Emerging Thoughts on Ag

Equator Initiative Partnership Calls for Equator Prize 2015 Nominations

This year, as a special contribution to United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP21), the Equator Prize 2015 will honor 20 outstanding local and indigenous community initiatives that are reducing poverty, protecting nature and strengthening resilience in the face of climate change.

The theme of this cycle of the Equator Prize is ‘empowerment, rights, and partnerships for local climate action’. Emphasis has been placed on indigenous peoples and local communities that are:

  • Protecting, restoring and sustainably managing forests
  • Promoting sustainable agriculture and food security
  • Advancing community-based adaptation to climate change
  • Protecting and securing rights to communal lands, territories and natural resources
  • Forging innovative partnerships for sustainable development

The Equator Prize 2015 is open to community-based initiatives active in all countries receiving support from the UN Development Programme, making this a truly global award for local best practice.

To nominate and eligible project, you can do so through their Online Nomination System by the nomination deadline, May 27, 2015.

Explore The Story of Agriculture’s Central Role in Sustainable Development Goals Interactively

In New York this week with a Farming First delegation to the UN negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals, it is a great time to look at the breadth of the impact agriculture has on all aspects of development, including poverty, resilience, and water use. This great new Farming First interactive essay “The Story of Agriculture and the Sustainable Development Goals” offers key information on the role of agriculture.

The essay also features a detailed breakdown of data relating to Sustainable Development Goal 2 which directly calls to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”, to inform policymaking around this issue. For instance:

  • More than three-quarters of the increased food we will need to produce by 2030 needs to come from increased productivity.
  • A warming climate could cut crop yields by more than 25%.
  • 10% of the biodiversity seen in 2000 may be lost by 2030, resulting due to infrastructure, agriculture & climate impacts
  • $239 billion invested over 15 years, in road, rail & electricity would yield benefits of $3.1 trillion by reducing food waste
  • Every $1 invested in agriculture results in a reduction of 68kgC of emissions.

Click here to get “The Story of Agriculture and the Sustainable Development Goals”

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