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Themes: Capacity building, education, entrepreneurship and financing, building the pipeline of next generation leaders, public-private partnerships
How to attract and train the next generation of agricultural leaders? The world’s growing demand for food not only requires financial capital, it requires talented, well-equipped human capital in both the public and private sector to drive transformation. How attracted are talented young people to entrepreneurship in the food and agribusiness sector and what else is needed to attract even more? How are public sector activities such as extension, R&D, and higher education involving and attracting young people to meet current needs and build the pipeline of future leaders? And finally, what are the innovative public-private partnerships that are emerging to build Africa’s 21st century food and agricultural system?
Themes: Open data and data sharing, mobile and satellite data capture, innovative partnerships, the use/application of agricultural data and sustainable productivity/soil health, machine learning and predictive analytics
Mobile technology, satellites, and independent research are providing an ever-growing plethora of data and knowledge. And yet, access and decision-oriented analysis remain significant obstacles, prohibiting innovation and the creation of new solutions. Sharing this information among all stakeholders – civil society, governments, the private sector, and farmers – is vital to the socioeconomic transformation of countries battling food insecurity across the globe. Syngenta is a leader in collecting and sharing information for sustainable productivity with their Good Growth Plan. Efforts to establish a global platform for shared agricultural data that leverage new multisector collaborations and innovation are changing agriculture. How do we build a culture of transparency and reproducibility? How can we create a better way to curate and share the data to create real impact?
Themes: Food security, nutrition and diet quality, tracking development progress, sustainable and productive food systems
How do we measure what matters to food and nutrition security so we know whether we’re on track or are in need of course correction? Accurate metrics on key indicators such as micronutrient status or diet quality can be cumbersome and expensive to obtain, but they are essnential to develop appropriate strategies that will improve human health and well-being at scale. New approaches to data collection in food and nutrition security and new uses of existing technologies are starting to unravel some of these traditional challenges, but methodological and other challenges still remain that must be unlocked. This will be especially important as the world aims to track progress against SDG 2, which includes indicators related to both sustainable agricultural production and ending all forms of malnutrition under one goal. As incomes continue to rise and diets continue to change, the triple burden of malnutrition – undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency and obesity – must be tracked clearly and addressed uniquely if we are to achieve our global goals by 2030.
Since World War II, the United States has led the fight to end global hunger and malnutrition. Impressive gains have been made, especially since the food price spike in 2008, but the job is not finished. Achieving global food security is still squarely in American interests and should be renewed as a centerpiece of foreign policy. This overview will review the critical pillars of action that will advance food security through policy and through thoughtful action by the private sector, research community, and civil society.
The international political and economic system is at an impasse. Existing and emerging security threats abound and durable solutions are often challenging to identify. Steadily increasing youth populations, rising unemployment, natural resource pressures, and unprecedented migration loom large as challenges that could further undermine progress in the coming years. However, historically, population booms have also provided fuel to accelerate development. Indeed, rates of poverty and food insecurity have held steady or declined in recent years, signaling potential to gain further momentum. Investments in agricultural development are not only instrumental to food and nutrition security, poverty alleviation, and broader economic development – they contribute to our collective desire to realize greater peace and security. How might food and nutrition security become a more central component to national security strategies? What might we do to plan and act in anticipation of evolving food security challenges in the face of continued demographic shifts and increased migration?
Themes: Food security as a component of national security, rising youth populations, increased migration, climate pressures and natural resource scarcity, food price volatility
The number of people living in extreme poverty has decreased significantly in the past 20 years. And while this is a story of great progress, growth is not always inclusive or evenly distributed, which can widen gaps between rural and urban areas, women and men, and those with access to education, information, and capital – and those without. What can be done to make ongoing economic transformation more inclusive? What technologies, policies, and programs are most promising for rural populations and how are these affecting farm families, the development of small and medium enterprises, and women and young people in particular? What actions in the public and private sector stand to have the greatest impact on inclusive growth and what trends are emerging that merit attention?
Themes: Investment in Africa/Asia, inclusive economic growth, transitioning to digital economies, trade, investing in women and youth, , SME’s, transition to digital economies
The world’s farmers face an estimated $200 billion gap in unmet finance, most of whom farm small plots. Without this capital, farmers cannot invest in new tools, inputs, or labor saving technologies that could propel them from subsistence producers to profitable, market-oriented business people. The agriculture sector has long been seen as unattractive for its high risk and low profit margins relative to other industries and yet its understood that significant growth is possible and anticipated in light of rising incomes and diversifying diets. A holistic transformation of the food system requires financing across all components of the value chain, from farmers, to cooperatives, to SMEs, and banks. Why is matching the right capital at the right time to the right part such a challenge? What are the innovations that might unlock impact and access to finance at scale, from use of philanthropic funds to mobile money, special purpose investment vehicles, to new initiatives at traditional banks?
Themes: Access to capital, innovative finance, investment, lending, insurance, SME development, risk
As the climate changes, agriculture must also change and adapt to increased temperatures, more erratic rainfall, flooding, and increased pests and diseases. Increased population growth will also require greater productivity from a finite natural resource base. The only way to stay ahead of these dynamics is to invest in R&D to find durability. Public investments in R&D are critical for scientists engaged in blue sky researc – potentially groundbreaking studies that could take decades to understand – and applied science that can help us respond to the next rapidly moving threat. Both play a critical role in helping America’s farmers compete globally while simultaneously offering breakthroughs that have increased food and nutrtition security in some of the world’s most vulenerable places. What differentiates public R&D efforts from those of the private sector? How have partnerships between public research in the United States and international research institutions been beneficial at home and abroad, and what does the next generation of public research in partnership globally look like?
Themes: Public research, land grant universities, R&D partnerships, climate resilience, sustainable productivity
Public policy plays a huge role in shaping a safe, productive, and resilient food system, but much of the activity is driven by the private sector. As the world looks to achieve food and nutrition security by 2030, increasing productivity sustainably, and eliminating all forms of malnutrition, the private sector has increasingly stepped up to play a role and even changed the way they are doing business in response to consumers and civil society. What is the evolving view of the business community’s role in sustainble development, and how is it contributing to poverty alleviation and food security? How is civil society working with the private sector and at times, acting as a critic? New platforms for collaboration between the private sector and other actors are evolving as are mechanisms for demonstrating accountability to customers, suppliers, and a broader set of global stakeholders. What can we learn about scaling up from these experiences and what does the next wave of public-private partnership look like for food and nutrition security?
Themes: Role of the private sector, public-private partnership, achieving scale, environmental and social sustainability
How will the next generation participate in the transformation of agriculture and food systems? As youth populations expand rapidly in emerging economies, governments see them as a potential engine for progress, including for food security. But with the emergence of greater technological advancements in agriculture and other sectors, fewer workers are needed. What’s the real story about the interest of the next generation in this sector and the prospects available to them for meaningful work on the farm and off?
Themes: Employment opportunities; youth bulge and the next generation; nexus of data, technology, and agriculture
The United States played a historic role reducing global hunger in the last century because the moral imperative was bolstered by a strong economic case. Producers, commodity groups and businesses know that growing incomes abroad also translate to new market opportunities for American business, small and large. But it’s not just good economic sense; individual Americans have also shown their support for ending hunger by being among the most generous in the world in their giving to civil society and faith based organizations.
Themes: American businesses and farmers interests in emerging markets; Public support for development assistance; Civil society and faith based organizations
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Syed Ahmad Nafisul Abrar, BA, International Business, Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, @NafisulAbrar
Nana Anima Akrofi, MPhil, Agribusiness, University of Ghana, Legon, @anaminaj16
Angora Franck-Hervé Aman, MSc, Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition, University of Ibadan, @AngoraAman
Edward Amartey-Tagoe, MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, @ttaaggooee
Abulude Ifeoluwa Ayodeji, BS, Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, @brotherlove01
Lee Davies, MS, Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, Tufts University, @LeeADavies_
Sarpong Frederick, PhD, Food Science, Jiangsu University
Shitu A. Gabriel, PhD, Agricultural Extension, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, @gabriel_shitu
Yohannes Ayalew Hailemicael, MS, Veterinary Medicine, Ataturk University, @AyalewYohannes
Samuel Douglass Karyah, MBA, Cuttington University Graduate School
Elyssa B. Lewis, Dual-MS, International Agricultural Development and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, @ElyssaLewis
Topanga McBride, Dual-BS, Agricultural Communications and Journalism and Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, @reallifetopanga
Sonia Minhas, PhD, Development Studies, Institute for Social and Economic Change, @sminhas
Tiroyaone Albertinah Mogotsi, PhD, Ecology, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resource, @AlbertinahMogot
Nicholas A. Mueth, PhD, Molecular Plant Sciences, Washington State University, @ColeMueth
Joram Ndagga, BS, Business Studies, Kyambogo University, @joramndagga
Ekpah Ojonugwa, BSc, Microbiology, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, @davisugwa
Jana L. Phan, PhD, Plant Genetics, University of Adelaide, @pllthuy
Sudhanshu Purwar, MS, Production and Protection of Plants, University of Milan, Italy
Hannah Quellhorst, MS, Entomology, Purdue University, @greeklizzie
Paul Stainier, BA, Applied Mathematics and Food Systems, Harvard College, @paul_stainier
Johanes Michael Surjadi, BS, Food Science and Technology, Bogor Agricultural University, @djohanes_
Iwong Emmanuel Udie, MA, Development Studies, Uganda Martyrs University, @Impactgrid