Robynne Anderson's Emerging Thoughts on Ag

Ag’s Future Lies in Information and New Solutions

The team at Farming First, a coalition I helped found, has posted a particularly insightful blog on the role of data, information, and precision agriculture. These are all areas where the Emerging team has worked extensively and you see their rise in production systems already.

Read the blog post Bob Morris: Move Over Cleantech, Agtech Has Arrived


OatMeals, the world's first oatmeal bar.

OatMeals, the world’s first oatmeal bar, where they put modern twists on an old-fashioned favourite!

During my recent trip to New York, I had to visit OatMeals – a venue dedicated to oats. Of course, I ordered the Canadian – oatmeal topped with cinnamon apples, bacon, cheddar cheese, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Can’t wait to see the owner speak in at the Prairie Oat Growers Association annual meeting.

Private Sector Mechanism Meets in Rome

Morgane Danielou, Robynne Anderson, and Katy Lee of Emerging ag

Morgane Danielou, Robynne Anderson, and Katy Lee of Emerging ag provide the secretariat services to the Private Sector Mechanism through the International Agri-Food Network.

Almost 40 representatives from organisations all over the world came together in May during the annual meeting of the Private Sector Mechanism to the CFS (2015) in Rome. Covering virtually every sector of the agri-food value chain, we had representatives from beverages, biofuels, farmers, fisheries, forestry, inputs, livestock, grain trade, pulses, processors, and grocery products.

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Adesina Elected to Head African Development Bank

It is great news for agriculture to have Dr. Akinwumi (Akin) Adesina elected to be the next President of the African Development Bank (ADB). His passion for agriculture in his past roles at Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria and at AGRA, as well as his PhD in agriculture economics from Purdue make him an expert on the foundation of most African economies.

Marshall Matz of Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. has written a great piece Why Adesina’s election is important for agriculture for AGRA.

Post 2015: Zero Draft of Sustainable Development Goals

The UN has just posted the zero draft of the sustainable development goals. The goals and targets remain consistent and the co-chairs have proposed the long-discussed coherence changes to them. None of these proposed changes affect Goal 2 on sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition. The new material is the opening declaration and the section on review and follow up.

Please visit to read the Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda.