Robynne Anderson's Emerging Thoughts on Ag

2015 International Stewardship Symposium Announced

Back by popular demand, the International Stewardship Symposium will take place July 14 – 15, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary, Alberta.

The Symposium will discuss the issues and solutions for how we can feed the burgeoning population and help producers meet the growing global demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel in an increasingly sustainable manner.

Themes for 2015 will include:

  • Framework for increasing water quality
  • Climate-smart agriculture
  • Intensification of agriculture
  • Planetary boundaries

Check out the conference website to register for the 2015 Symposium and learn more about the inaugural (2014) event, including a full report, video and more.

Modalities, Dates and Structure of 2015 Process announced

My friend, Felix Dodds, has put up a handy blog item on the Post 2015 process. http://earthsummit2012.blogspot.ca/2014/11/moralities-dates-and-structure-of-2015.html

Graziano da Silva nominated by Brazil for second term as Director-General of FAO

Brazil nominated the current Director-General of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations,  José Graziano da Silva, for another term. Graziano da Silva has served since January 1st, 2012, and his first term will end on July 31st, 2015. He has been a leading force in the Zero Hunger Challenge, which I wholeheartedly support, and I have had the pleasure of meeting with him during the last two CFSs. You can read more about his re-nomination here.

Grant to Improve Nutrition Through Optimized Agricultural Interventions

My good friend Lindiwe Sibanda, CEO of The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), has made an exciting announcement – a $16 Million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to implement the “Improving Nutrition Outcomes through Optimized Agricultural Interventions (ATONU)” project.”

This project seeks to improve nutrition outcomes in smallholder farm families and poor households through tailored nutrition sensitive agriculture programs that ultimately benefit women of child bearing age and children in the first 1000 days of life.

The ATONU project consortium members include the Africa Innovations Institute in Uganda, Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, Agribusiness Systems International, an affiliate of ACDI/VOCA, Farm Africa, the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, the Leverhulme Center for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK. The ATONU project will be implemented over a six-year period, ending in December 2020. The focus countries for the project are: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Uganda.

Visit the FANPRAN website to learn more about this exciting project.

Global Harvest Initiative’s 2014 GAP Report® Uncovers Productivity Gaps

The Global Harvest Initiative has released its 5th annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®), an annual snapshot of agricultural productivity growth measured against growth in global population and food demand.

Before a global audience of scientists, policymakers, agricultural industry leaders, farmers, and development professionals at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, USA, leading experts pointed out that — for the first time in several years — global agricultural productivity is not accelerating fast enough to meet the expected agricultural demand by 2050 through sustainable practices.

In addition, the GAP Report’s regional analysis uncovers significant productivity gaps: Read More