GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY SYMPOSIUM 2019

From Scarcity to Security:
Managing Water for a Nutritious Food Future

Global Food Security Symposium 2019

March 20-21 | Washington, DC

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How will we grow an adequate quantity—and quality—of food to feed and nourish a rapidly growing, urbanizing world in the face of increasing water insecurity?

By 2050, over one half of the world’s population could be at risk due to stress on water resources. How will we grow an adequate quantity—and quality—of food to feed and nourish a rapidly growing, urbanizing world in the face of increasing water insecurity?

Hear from government leaders, social innovators, and influencers at the Global Food Security Symposium on March 20-21, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
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AGENDA

The 2019 symposium will be a two-day event. 

Please note: timing and conversations are subject to change and will be updated regularly.

Wednesday, March 20

Solution Sessions

TBD Morning/Early Afternoon.

Location: The National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20045

Please note space at these sessions is limited.

Thursday, March 21

Main Symposium Report Release

Location: Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20004

 

7:30 a.m.

Registration Open and Networking Session

8:30 a.m.

Welcome

10:35 a.m.

Mid-morning Networking Coffee Break

12 noon

Networking Lunch

4:00 p.m.

Symposium Adjourns and Networking Reception Begins

5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception Adjournment

Content and Key Themes

Report Presentation and Reflections

We’re at a critical point in history given growing populations, growing demand for food, and an increasingly more variable climate. Water touches every corner of our lives: food, health, environment, consumer goods, and leisure. How do we protect this essential and shared resource, while nourishing a global population?
 

Water Stewardship in the Agrifood System

Everyone is complicit in the necessary act of water consumption by virtue of the food and water we drink each day. However, attention is often placed on the farm sector and global supply chains where concentrated and large-scale water use occurs. How are farmers and food companies responding to the challenge of rising water scarcity and how are nonprofits and academics working with them to preserve this precious resource for the future?

 

Connecting the Dots: Agriculture, Climate Resilience and the Private Sector

Agriculture production and profit are heavily dependent on climate. Climate change is projected to impact water and temperature, therefore reducing food production and slowing food security progress. The economic impact of this will be immense with projected price increases ranging from 10 to 30 percent, hunger rate projected increases rates of about 10 to 20 percent by 2050. Extreme climate events, such as floods, droughts, and hurricanes, are also expected to increase, damaging crops, hurting livelihoods, threatening public health, and hindering economic growth. How deeply are agriculture and climate change interconnected? How is the private sector mobilizing to create resilience and sustainable access to water?

 

Shared Interest, Shared Responsibility: Building WASH and Agriculture Collaboration

Growing water scarcity, increasing environmental degradation, and water quality constraints impose major threats to future WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) initiatives as well as food security. While water is essential to both sectors’ objectives, intensifying sectoral competition could create problems in achieving them. Are there new ways to think about both agricultural water and sanitation systems where both encourage health, good nutrition, and well-being? What are the innovations already being considered and how can we continue to build trust and collaboration for the decades ahead?

 

Dietary Diversity and Nutritious Foods

Growing global populations, rising incomes, and rapid rates of urbanization are causing massive shifts in dietary diversity and nutrition. More people are consuming fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, and meat than ever before, changing demands for water in the agricultural sector. Can we afford the diet we want, and do we have the water and natural resources to produce it?

 

Way Forward

Water impacts all of us—farmers, scientists, advocates, architects, businesspeople, emergency responders, policy-makers—because water is for all of us. In order to protect this essential and shared resource, we must implement collaborative, proactive approaches to improve water quality, reduce water scarcity, and create more resilient and efficient food systems through new technologies and innovations as well as through transformative new policies. How can everyone play a part in protecting water in a way that ensures benefits across sectors?

SPEAKERS

Alesha Black

Managing Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Khalid Bomba

CEO, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency
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Ertharin Cousin

Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Ivo H. Daalder

President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Jessica Fanzo

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Global Food and Agriculture, Johns Hopkins University
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Greg Garrett

Director, Food Policy and Financing, GAIN
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Ashok Gulati

Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture, India Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
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David Hertz

Founder, Studio of Environmental Architecture and Skysource.org
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Melissa Ho

Vice President and Global Team Lead, Water, World Wildlife Fund United States
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Gilbert F. Houngbo

President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
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Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu

Executive Director, The Smallholders Foundation
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A.G. Kawamura

Founding Cochair, Solutions from the Land Dialogue
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Annah Latane

Research Food Security and Agriculture Specialist, RTI
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Peter McCornick

Executive Director, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, University of Nebraska
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Mamta Mehra

Senior Research Fellow, Biosequesteration Modeling, Project Drawdown
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David Nabarro

Strategic Director, 4SD
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Femi Oke

International Journalist and Moderator, NABJ
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Roric Paulman

Owner, Paulman Farms
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Mark Rosegrant

Research Fellow Emeritus, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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Will Sarni

Founder and CEO, Water Foundry
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Winston Yu

Principal Researcher and Senior Advisor, International Water Management Institute
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INFORMATION

  • Registration Costs

  • Location

Please note the registration fee covers the entire two-day symposium and includes breakfast and lunch on March 21.

Early bird rate: $200
Early bird member rate: $150

Register before February 25.

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Solution Sessions
March 20, 2019

The National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

Main Symposium
March 21, 2019

Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20004

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SUPPORTING SPONSOR

CONTRIBUTING SPONSORS

FOUNDATION SUPPORT

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM

Baker McKenzie
Morgan Stanley & Co

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The people who stay at home, those hardest hit by poverty and climate change, are young women...and they reinvest 90% of their money in their community.

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