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Advancing Global Food Secruity in the Face of Weather Volatility and Climate Change

How the U.S. government, in partnership with business, civil society and international organizations, can advance global food security in the face of weather volatility and climate change is the focus of a global food security symposium to be Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

The symposium is organized by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  Farm Foundation, NFP is a partner for the symposium.  Co-chairs of the event are Doug Bereuter, President Emeritus of the Asia Foundation, and Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and a Trustee of Farm Foundation.

 Here is the agenda for the day-long symposium. A live streaming video of the symposium is available by clicking here.

A changing climate and increasingly volatile weather patterns could reduce food production globally by 2% each decade for the rest of this century. The world’s growers, especially smallscale farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and agrifood businesses, must adapt to these conditions if food production is to be increased sustainably and nutritiously by 60% by 2050. Symposium sessions will explore:

  • The climate-food nexus and what it means for food security, conflict, economic growth, and the environment.
  • The most effective approaches to making food systems more resilient to extreme weather and a changing climate.
  • Opportunities to better manage risks to agriculture and food production associated with weather and climate change.
  • The water-agriculture nexus and promising approaches to successfully managing water stresses related to food production.

Speakers will include:

  • Jessica C. Adelman, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, North America, Syngenta
  • Pamela K. Anderson, Director, Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Douglas Bereuter, President Emeritus, Asia Foundation; Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Catherine Bertini, Senior Fellow, Global Agricultural Development Initiative, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
  • Lester R. Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute
  • Howard W. Buffett, President, Buffett Farms Nebraska LLC
  • James Cameron, Chairman, Climate Change Capital
  • Ann Mei Chang, Chief Innovation Officer, Mercy Corps
  • Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Markets and Food, World Wildlife Fund
  • Ivo H. Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Michael Gerson, Columnist, The Washington Post; Senior Fellow, ONE
  • John F. Ginascol, Vice President, Supply Chain, Abbott Nutrition
  • Dan Glickman, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, former member, U.S. House of Representatives, Vice President, the Aspen Institute; Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Ronnie D. Green, Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources; Harlan Vice Chancellor, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska
  • Trey Hill, Harborview Farms
  • Mark Kahn, Founding Partner, Omnivore Partners
  • The Honorable Agnes Kalibata, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, the Republic of Rwanda
  • A.G. Kawamura, Cochair, Solutions from the Land Dialogue
  • Edward Luce, Chief U.S. Commentator and Columnist, Financial Times
  • Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman and Founder, Econet Wireless
  • Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children
  • Nick Moon, Founding Director, KickStart International
  • Hilda Moraa, Research Fellow and Entrepreneur, iHub
  • Gerald C. Nelson, Professor Emeritus, UIUC, and principal author, Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate
  • Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank: The Food Think Tank
  • Herbert Oberhaensli, Chief Economist, Nestlé S.A.
  • Patrick F. O’Toole, Owner and Manager, Ladder Livestock, and President, Family Farm Alliance
  • William K. Reilly, Senior Advisor, TPG Capital
  • The Honorable Susan E. Rice, U.S. National Security Advisor
  • Cynthia E. Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  • Barbara A. Schaal, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Judith D. Schwartz, Author, Chelsea Green Publishing
  • The Honorable Rajiv Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Juerg Trueb, Managing Director, Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.
  • Obinna Ufudo, President & CEO, Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc
  • Ann M. Veneman, Former Executive Director, UN Children's Fund, and Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
  • Darci L. Vetter, Deputy Undersecretary, USDA Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services
  • The Honorable Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary.

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