Feeding the Planet will gather leaders from agriculture, business, finance, academia, NGOs, government and media alongside, from across the country to focus on game-changing innovations in global agriculture and food security. The summit will spotlight transformational and scalable developments in policy, practices and technologies and will pay special attention to the related issues of gender, climate change and urbanization.
Join the Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program to discuss business models for effective technology transfer. We will feature real-life examples of how these models are working and what obstacles and opportunities companies are facing as they sell their technologies to smallholder farmers in developing markets.
Coinciding with the 60th anniversary of Watson and Crick’s discovery of the DNA double helix, the 2013 Borlaug Dialogue will look ahead to the next century of advances in agricultural research and application and will focus on the issues that Dr. Borlaug would have viewed as critical as we strive to nourish the world’s growing population.
Join Agrilinks for an update from Rikin Gandhi, CEO of Digital Green, and a lively audience discussion. This seminar is free and open to the public. The event room is on the Mezzanine level of the Ronald Reagan Building, next to the USAID Library.
This fall semester, Peace Corps and USAID are bringing the Campus Food Security Tour to select universities around the country. The tour seeks to engage students in the greater food security and sustainable development dialogue by connecting them to top Innovation Labs across the country and introducing them to the whole of government Feed the Future initiative.
Three policy and implementation experts will provide their unique perspectives on the role policy reforms and policymakers have to play in transforming African agriculture. The panel includes Dr. Yaya Olaniran, chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and Mr. Khalid Bomba, CEO of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency.
At the September Ag Sector Council webinar, Dustin Andres of FHI 360 will discuss highlights from the just-released "Social Media Handbook for Agricultural Development Practitioners," developed under the USAID FACET project. Michael Riggs of FAO will explore his practical experience harnessing social media to build e-Agriculture.org community, which connects more than 10,000 ICT for Agriculture practitioners around the globe.
Social media presents a tremendous opportunity to increase the flow of knowledge and learning on key development issues to impact the way programs are conceived, implemented, and measured. Join Agrilinks on Thursday, September 19 at 12 p.m. EDT for an #AskAg Twitter Chat on social media for development, co-hosted with USAID Learning Lab (@LearningLab).
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah will make opening remarks, followed by the release of working group recommendations on the creation of a Feed the Future Civil Society Action Plan, and an opportunity for public comment. The meeting is free and open to the public. If you'd like to attend, register online at http://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/organization/advisory-committee/get-involved.
Papa Sène, NCBA CLUSA’s senior technical advisor and former chief of party for the USAID-funded Yaajeende project in Senegal, will provide an overview of the four key approaches that make it a unique initiative – leading with nutrition, focusing on women, integrating research, and fostering a local private sector.
The United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Africa is organizing this African food security conference, which will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, on August 20-21. The objective is to aggregate lessons and experiences into common solutions for food security and climate change adaptation.
Colleagues from the Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab will present on their ongoing research in Nepal and Uganda, including some early findings from the first round of data collection in both countries. They will also touch on how gut biome, aflatoxin, water, and sanitation issues relate to their work on agriculture-nutrition programming.
Eric Derks, former Chief of Party of the USAID/Uganda Livelihoods and Enterprises for Agricultural Development project and the current Chief of Party for the USAID/Uganda Feed the Future Agricultural Inputs Activity, will share lessons learned on how to change behavior in both project staff and value chain actors and how to embed learning and adapting into implementation methodology, while managing for results.