To celebrate the life and legacy of tireless hunger fighter Norman E. Borlaug and inspire a new generation to carry on his work, the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security will bring together thought leaders, policymakers, and representatives of leading agricultural research-for-development organizations, both public and private.
The 2014 Summit at Auburn University will put a strong emphasis on identifying hunger solutions, best practices, innovations and partnerships, giving participants not just inspiration, but practical and replicable actions that they can bring back to their campuses and communities. In addition to well-known keynote speakers, we will have a number of panels and interactive sessions, featuring experts and practitioners from many fields.
USDA has hosted the Agricultural Outlook Forum since 1923 to provide farmers and ranchers, government, and agribusinesses with sound information for decision-making. More than 95 distinguished experts in the fields of international trade, forestry, conservation, invasive pests and citrus disease, nanotechnology, social media, local food systems, and food safety will speak at the Forum's 29 breakout sessions.
On February 12, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will launch their newest report, Food Security in a World of Growing Natural Resource Scarcity: Role of Agricultural Technologies, during a global agricultural summit hosted at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
USAID is in the process of developing a comprehensive Nutrition Strategy, in recognition of the essential role that nutrition plays in individuals' and countries' development. The design of a USAID nutrition strategy is a benchmark towards the development of a broader US Government nutrition strategy which is also in process. As part of this process, please attend a public consultation on January 9.
Join a special Twitter Chat using #AgEvents on December 17 at 10 a.m. EST to discuss the use of low-cost video to promote agricultural development, food security, and nutrition. The chat will feature experts from Digital Green, Feed the Future KDAD Project, and FHI 360 all of whom are using video as a tool for agricultural extension and development. The experts will share their experiences and lessons learned with integrating low-cost video.
Join Agrilinks on Tuesday, November 26, at 12 p.m. EST for an #AskAg Twitter Chat on entrepreneurship. The chat will highlight USAID's new Agriculture Fast Track, as well as other USAID opportunities, grants and loans.
The goal of this one-day learning event is to share key advances in the WEAI and how it has been useful to USAID, development partners, and researchers; exchange information on challenges regarding local adaptations, field implementation, and solutions that various partners have developed in response to these challenges; and obtain feedback on potential modifications. Please note that space is limited.
Paul McNamara and Brent Simpson, Project Director and Deputy Director of the USAID Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services project, will speak on the sustainable financing of extension services for scaling the adoption of agricultural innovations. The presenters will provide an overview of alternative means of offering and financing agricultural extension services and the issues surrounding the various approaches.
Following the release of Publish What You Fund's 2013 Aid Transparency Index, MCC and IGD are partnering to engage stakeholders, including the private sector, and development experts in a conversation about why more access to data is important.