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FAO Dialogue with the Private Sector Mechanism on Inclusive Finance and Investment Models in Agriculture

Jaine Chisholm Caunt, Chair of the Private Sector Mechanism and Director General of the Grain and Feed Trade Association, and I were featured in an FAO dialogue on inclusive finance and investment models in agriculture at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome. Watch the video below. For information regarding the FAO Director-General’s […]

Stats Show Women Still have a Way to Go

For years, the Emerging team has been working to highlight the particularly gaps that face women farmers and the high degree of poverty experienced by rural women. Women and children make up the majority of the population living in poverty and are most affected by transecting, systemic barriers and societal attitudes which preclude them from […]

The Pope and the SDGs at the UN today!

17 Heads of State, 1 Pope, 17 goals for a new global partnership makes for a lot of security and a lot of media. Thrill for one farm girl.

Canada’s Gun Deaths Creeping Up

Growing up in Canada, I’ve always known there to be a relatively high rate of gun ownership.  Living in a vast country with a lot of wilderness, a weapon is necessary in Northern communities or on most farms.  Even as close as our farm is to civilisation, it is known to have a bear or […]

World Bank Should Support Ag Now More Than Ever

It was just as we in agriculture feared – after seeing agriculture rise on the agenda in 2008-09, there are signs that momentum is waning.  An important symbol is the planned exit of the World Bank from funding for the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research commonly known as the CG. The CG is the […]

And the next UN Secretary General may be…

My friend Felix Dodds wrote an excellent blog on the race for the next UN Secretary General.  To be selected in 2016, it is a scattered field but I certainly think it is high time there is a female SG.  Undoubtedly regional considerations will be an important factor, but so should be the representation of […]

Nine Innovative Companies Revolutionizing the Food Industry

Fortune has created a list of 50 companies that are changing the agricultural world. These include companies working with innovative technologies like irrigation systems, or researching ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change using sustainable farming. Here are nine companies who are leaders in their field and are revolutionizing the food industry. Whole Foods […]

Youth Declare they are the Future of Food

Last week, the Youth Ag Summit was held in Australia, drawing together more than 100 bright lights from 33 countries who all came together to talk about the future of food and agriculture.  See some of the highlights through their YouTube video: They have developed a Declaration that will be brought to a special side […]

World Food Prices Drop

The FAO’s Food Price index continued the slide that has been occurring for the last 15 months in July, hitting its lowest level since September 2009. Farmers around the globe will be hit by  lower and lower prices across all sectors. This last month’s drop has largely been caused by sharp decreases in dairy, pig […]

Food Waste Prevention Part of the Climate Solution

For years, Emerging and its clients have been talking about the importance of reducing food waste.  One important reason is because food waste prevention, reduction and management will help to increase food availability and also minimize the impact of agriculture on climate change. Making smart decisions on how and what we consume can reduce the […]