GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY SYMPOSIUM 2018

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Surging youth populations can fuel tremendous agricultural growth that will impact the global economy, but, if underemployed, they present a risk.

Youth for Growth

Global Food Security Symposium 2018

March 21-22 | Washington, DC

By 2050, Africa’s population will double, with 1 billion projected to be under 18 years old, and many others regions are experiencing similar trends. How can we harness the potential of this promising demographic to secure economic growth and stability? Global leaders, innovators, disruptors, and trailblazers are shaping the future of food and agriculture. Attend this year’s symposium to learn why this transformative moment is crucial to global food security and stability.  

AGENDA

The 2018 symposium was a two-day event. 

For media inquiries, please contact director of media relations Lisa Park (+1 312-821-7519)

Wednesday, March 21

Solution Sessions

Location: Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20004
Rotunda Room (8th Floor)

Please note space at these sessions is limited, we urge you to register at your earliest convenience.

 

10:30 a.m.

Sustaining Planetary Health in the Face of Rising Food Demand 


2017 will go down in history as a record-breaking year for natural disasters: Puerto Rico experienced the longest blackout from a hurricane, California suffered its deadliest wildfires, and Bangladesh was hit by one of the deadliest monsoon rain and flooding, and Cape Town is expected to run out of water by April.  Last year the world has incurred over $6 billion in damages from weather-related emergencies, each with a direct link to climate change. As the world attempts to recover, we must examine the increasing pressures on our planet and take a closer look at the social, environmental and economic impacts. And with agriculture consuming 70 percent of fresh water and demand for food putting pressures on producers to produce more with less, it sits at the center of this unfolding story. How can we manage supply chains in coming decades to both nourish and preserve the planet from the consequences of shifting diets and resource consumption that threaten our environment, biodiversity and health? The nexus of health, environment and food requires careful coordination for large-scale transformation and sustainable systems.  Join this discussion to learn more about what is being done to address these global challenges and the cross-sector collaborations and innovative solutions underway. 

Chair: 
Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs 

 

Panelists:  
Fabrice De Clerck, Science Director, EAT 
Katharine Kreis, Director of Strategic Initiatives and International Development, PATH 
Ginya Truitt Nakata, Director, Lands, Latin America, The Nature Conservancy
Howarth “Howdy” E. Bouis, HarvestPlus

 

2:00 p.m.

Stories of Influence


Each of us has a story of a mentor that has changed the course of our lives as young people. As we speak about the coming generation of young people poised to pursue opportunity, what has inspired and unlocked potential in leaders across sectors? As we listen to their stories, what can we learn from how different mediums shape our stories and transmit crucial messages at a scale to achieve impact?

Note: this is an interactive session and attendees are encouraged to share their own personal stories in response to the theme. 

 

Chairs:
Alesha Black
, Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Niamh King, Vice President, Programs and Strategic Content, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Panelists:
Rob Burnet, CEO, Well Told Story
Gouri Mirpuri, Cofounder, The Learning Farm
Fally Masambuka, PhD, Agricultural Communication, Ohio State University
Tatenda Ndambakuwa, BS, Applied Mathematics and Urban Planning, Virginia Commonwealth University
Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

 

4:00 p.m.

Accelerating Growth and Unlocking the Power of Entrepreneurs in Emerging Economies


Where many might see a challenge or a hurdle, an entrepreneur will see an opportunity. Emerging economies face strong challenges in many sectors, including food and agriculture, but they also hold the most promise for innovation and present tremendous opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors to solve problems and garner returns. India’s growth rate was 6.5 percent in the last fiscal year, and they now have the third largest number of incubators and accelerators. Africa is one of the youngest and fastest growing continents, which could make for fertile ground for social entrepreneurship among young innovators if the environment is right. What’s the right blend of investment in financial and human capital, and supportive startup infrastructure like incubators to nourish the next generation of entrepreneurs? What would it take for them to see the opportunity in the food and agriculture space?

Chair:
Bobby Pittman
, Managing Partner, Kupanda Capital

Panelists:
Christine Gould
, Founder and CEO, Thought for Food
David Hong, Global Policy Manager, One Acre Fund
Marc Oshima, Cofounder and Chief Marketing Officer, AeroFarms
Jocelyn A. Songco, Principal, Soros Economic Development Fund, Open Society Foundations

 

7:00 p.m.

Food for Social Good


The effects of global trends like unprecedented population growth and climate change have direct and personal effects on our daily rituals, including our meals. From pea-based burger patties to cassava bread, the food on our plates--and the journey it makes to get there--are undergoing significant changes. How do world-class chefs influence public attitudes and how can they join forces with leaders in the private sector, international agencies, NGOs, and civil society to tackle the food system’s most pressing challenges? How can we preserve tradition and improve livelihoods as tastes and consumer demands evolve? In what way will nutrition, affordability, culture, and sustainability shape what we eat?

Chair:
Mitchell Davis
, Executive Vice President, James Beard Foundation

Panelists:
Asha Gomez
, Chef and Cookbook Author
Paul Newnham, Coordinator, SDG2 Advocacy Hub
Tunde Wey, Cook and Writer

 

Thursday, March 22

Please note the agenda timing and content is subject to change.

7:30 a.m.

Registration Opens

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

 

8:30 a.m.

Welcome

Ivo H. Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

8:35 a.m.

Report Presentation and Reflections – Youth for Growth: Transforming Economies through Agriculture


The world is about to go through an unprecedented demographic shift: the global population is projected to reach 9.8 billion by mid-century, and much of this growth is expected in low-and middle-income countries primarily in Africa and Asia. This presents a tremendous opportunity to reap a demographic dividend and secure youth livelihoods. Youth employment is relevant to global food security and stability 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.  

Chair:
Alesha Black
, Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Panelists:
Felix Kwame Yeboah, Assistant Professor, International Development, Michigan State University
Bobby Pittman, Managing Partner, Kupanda Capital

8:45 a.m.

Introduction and Special Remarks


Introducer:
Doug Bereuter
, Distinguished Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; President Emeritus, The Asia Foundation 

Remarks:
Bob Corker, US Senator (R-TN); Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

8:55 a.m.

Discussion – Designing the Youth Inclusive Transformation Agenda


Youth inclusive policy-making is at the forefront of the G7, G20, and African Union agendas. Governments recognize the potential opportunities and threats that their large youth populations pose in the face of high unemployment. But many also see the potential for this population to transform the agrifood sector, spur broader economic growth, and secure the stability of a growing middle class. Are the voices of young people being heard in the policy development process? What is being done to leverage the unique potential of youth to prepare for future jobs and sustainable futures? What policies, innovations and investments are needed to ensure food and nutrition security?

Chair:
Bobby Pittman
, Managing Partner, Kupanda Capital

Panelists:
Ariane Campbell,
Associate Program Manager, Youth Livelihoods, Mastercard Foundation
Linda Kwamboka, Cofounder and Director, M-Farm
Papa Amadou Sarr, Delegate General, Entrepreneurship, Office of the President, Republic of Senegal
Felix Kwame Yeboah, Assistant Professor, International Development, Michigan State University

9:40 a.m.

Discussion – Equipping and Empowering Rural Youth in the Emerging World of Work


Young people constitute a growing share of the world’s labor force, especially in emerging economies. But the nature of work and the skills needed to succeed are shifting as they join the world of work. It’s been proven that if young people are equipped with quality education and necessary training and skills, they are a key asset for social and economic transformation. Yet, there is a lack of quality education or relevant training and necessary skills. What human capital development investments are necessary? And how can we empower and prepare youth for the labor market? Why is girls’ education essential to stimulating job creation and economic growth?

Chair:
Catherine Bertini
, Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Panelists:
Elizabeth Nsimadala
, Regional President, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation
Jazzmin Sharp, Student, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
Chetna Sinha, Founder and Chairperson, Mann Deshi Foundation
Gayle E. Smith, President and CEO, ONE Campaign

10:25 a.m.

Flash Talk

Elizabeth Riordan, Divisional Vice President, Global Supply and Dairy Operations, Abbott

10:35 a.m.

Break

10:45 a.m.

Conversation – Taking the Stage for Social Impact


What do Audrey Hepburn, Angelina Jolie, and David Beckham have in common? They have each used their celebrity to champion change and social good. Join Mumford & Sons founding member, Ben Lovett and Sunnylands President, David Lane to learn how they are taking the stage to engage youth and inspire action for social impact.

David Lane, President, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
Ben Lovett, Founding Member, Mumford & Sons; Cofounder, Communion Music

11:15 a.m.

Emerging Solution: Building a Movement to Be the Generation


Marie Rumsby, Senior Manager for Food Security, Hunger, and Nutrition, Global Citizen

11:20 a.m.

Emerging Solution: Eating Digital


Caleb Harper, Principal investigator and Director, OpenAg Initiative, MIT Media Lab

11:25 a.m.

Discussion – The Critical Path to Sustainability


Increasingly, private sector leaders are developing new tools, collaboration platforms and partnership models to unlock potential in the growing food systems in emerging markets. From large scale multinationals and investors to small and medium enterprise, unusual and at times, unprecedented partnerships are happening to address problems that might be impossible if tackled by one company alone. What are the keys to reducing the risks, catalyzing deals, and creating an overall investment climate that focuses on inclusive growth as well as the bottom line? What critical roles are NGOs and public institutions playing to unlock breakthroughs and how are the attitudes and approach of young people likely to influence the trajectory of sustainable business in the decades to come?

Chair:
Caitlin Dewey
, Food Policy Writer, Wonkblog, The Washington Post

Panelists:
Joy Basu
, Food and Agriculture Lead, The Rise Fund (TPG)
Tanja Havemann, Director and Founder, Clarmondial
Gawain Kripke, Policy Director, Oxfam America
Parmesh Shah, Global Lead, Rural Livelihoods and Agricultural Jobs, The World Bank

12:10 p.m.

Emerging Solution: Leveraging Agriculture to Solve the Root Cause of Rising Insecurity, Youth Unemployment


Donna Etiebet, Head of Corporate Finance, Babban Gona

12:15 p.m.

Luncheon

Note: tune in to the Council's Facebook for exclusive digital sessions during this time. 

1:20 p.m.

Discussion – Connecting the Food System to the Information Economy


Over the past few decades, digital technologies have revolutionized the way we work and live. From mobile money transfers, to platforms that share weather information and market prices, mobile technology is transforming economies. And in rural areas, the mobile phone is having the same profound impact on farmers, from better market access to identifying dangerous pests or capturing basic production data. Yet, digital technology is far from a panacea. There are challenges- unequal or unaffordable access to internet, intermittent connectivity, a mismatch between services and needs, and digital literacy are just a few. How are youth using digital technology as a solution for unemployment and how can it be further leveraged to accelerate agricultural opportunity and transformation? What needs to be done by both the public and private sector to help digital technology to fulfill its promise as a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship? How critical will digital technology be to employment in the agrifood sector be and to the future of employment overall?


Chair:
Paul Weisenfeld
, Executive Vice President, International Development, RTI International

Panelists:
Jessica Colaço, Director of Growth, Brave Venture Labs
Rikin Gandhi, CEO, Digital Green
Sarah Hunter, Public Policy Director at X, The Moonshot Factory
Joseph Ogutu, Director, Strategy and Innovation, Safaricom

2:10 p.m.

Flash Talk and Fireside Chat: Unleashing Collective Action to Address Youth Unemployment


Margaret Catley-Carlson, Board of Directors, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
Interviewed by Femi Oke, Host, International Journalist and Moderator, NABJ

2:20 p.m.

Discussion – Mega Trends and the Food System


As we head into the second quarter of the twenty-first century, global food security and youth livelihood opportunities are facing a series of unprecedented threats: climate variability, land scarcity, and soil degradation, mass migration, water scarcity and rising rates of non-communicable diseases. How are these megatrends transforming our food systems and economies? Do we understand how they threaten food insecurity and how this also impacts global peace and stability? What policies and investments are needed to alter the course of sustainable development in the face of these colliding challenges?

Chair:
Helena Bottemiller Evich
, Reporter, Food and Agriculture, POLITICO

Panelists:
Ertharin Cousin
, Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer and Visiting Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Dan Glickman, Former Secretary, US Department of Agriculture
Mercy Lung'aho, Head of Nutrition, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

3:05 p.m.

Flash Talk: Aquaculture in Climate Change Africa


Kunlé Adeyemi, Founder and Principal, NLÉWorks

3:10 p.m.

Break

3:25 p.m.

Introduction

Dan Glickman, Distinguished Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Former Secretary, US Department of Agriculture
 

Special Remarks

Ted McKinney, Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, US Department of Agriculture

 

3:30 p.m.

Discussion – Connecting Local to Global: A Catalyst for Improving Livelihoods


At the turn of the century, it was young farmers that drove agricultural production as early adopters of new seeds and farming techniques in corn clubs across the US. In the second half of the century, American agriculture continued that legacy through the creation of institutionalized support for agricultural education models in both 4-H and Future Farmers of America. Despite recognition that engaging youth is critical for the future of agriculture, the age of American farmers and ranchers, on average, continues to rise. How can we ensure that we are building youth-inclusive agricultural communities in the United States? How can we take those best practices, honed for over a century, and help implement and support programs abroad? What vehicles can we use to ensure that the United States continues to disseminate our agricultural knowledge, research and technology to smallholder communities internationally, while also taking lessons from abroad to help reach those young and vulnerable populations at home?

Chair:
Reuben E. Brigety II
, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Panelists:
Amie Alexander
, MPS and JD, Law and Public Policy, University of Arkansas
Doug Bereuter, President Emeritus, The Asia Foundation
Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation; ; Colead Farmer, South Dakota, Farm Journal Foundation
Kelsey Ducheneaux, Youth Programs Coordinator, Intertribal Agriculture Council

4:15 p.m.

Emerging Solution


Rob Burnet, CEO, Well Told Story

4:20 p.m.

Conversation– Youth Perspectives, Potential and Progress: An Insiders’ Take


How do young people in countries projected to be most impacted by rising youth populations perceive the situation and the discourse about them? What opportunities do they see in agriculture, rural areas and beyond? Hear first-hand insights from rising leaders in the food and agriculture sector and members of our 2018 next generation delegation as they share perspectives on the current realities from their vantage point.

Chair:
Trent McKnight
, Founder, AgriCorps

Panelists:
Daniel Abioye, MS, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Ibadan
Pem Chiang, MA, Economics and Management, Yenching Academy at Peking University
Emely Lopez Barrera, PhD, Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Neeti Nayak, MDE, Innovation and Systems Design, Harvard University

5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

6:00 p.m.

Networking Reception Adjournment

REPORT

As natural adopters of new innovations and changing technologies, young people are primed to usher in agriculture’s digital revolution. The United States must continue its legacy of leading the efforts to end global hunger and malnutrition government—in partnership with national governments, the private sector, and civil society—to develop a youth-inclusive agricultural transformation agenda. Explore the interactive.

SPEAKERS

Kunlé Adeyemi

Founder/Principal, NLÉ
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Joy Basu

Food and Agriculture Lead, The Rise Fund (TPG)
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Douglas Bereuter

Former Member, United States House of Representatives (R-NE)
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Catherine Bertini

Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Alesha Black

Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Helena Bottemiller Evich

Reporter, Food and Agriculture, POLITICO
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Howdy Bouis

Interim CEO, Harvest Plus
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Reuben E. Brigety II

Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
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Robert Burnet

CEO, Well Told Story
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Ariane Campbell

Associate Program Manager, Youth Livelihoods, Mastercard Foundation
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Margaret Catley-Carlson

Board of Directors, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
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Jessica Francisca Colaço

Director of Growth, Brave Venture Labs
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Bob Corker

US Senator (R-TN); Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
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Ertharin Cousin

Distinguished Lecturer and Visiting Fellow, Stanford University
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Ivo H. Daalder

President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Mitchell Davis

Executive Vice President, James Beard Foundation
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Fabrice De Clerck

Science Director, EAT
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Caitlin Dewey

Food Policy Writer, Wonkblog, The Washington Post
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Kelsey Ducheneaux

Youth Programs Coordinator, Intertribal Agriculture Council
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Beth Dunford

Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security and Deputy Coordinator, Development for Feed the Future, USAID

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Zippy Duvall

President, American Farm Bureau Federation
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Donna Etiebet

Head of Corporate Finance, Babban Gona
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Rikin Gandhi

CEO, Digital Green
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Dan Glickman

Former Secretary, US Department of Agriculture
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Asha Gomez

Chef and Cookbook Author
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Christine Gould

Founder and CEO, Thought for Food
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Caleb Harper

Director and Principal Investigator, OpenAg Initiative, MIT Media Lab
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Tanja Havemann

Director and Founder, Clarmondial
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David Hong

Global Policy Manager, One Acre Fund
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Sarah Hunter

Director of Public Policy at X, The Moonshot Factory
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Niamh King

Vice President, Programs and Strategic Content, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Katharine Kreis

Director, Strategic Initiatives and International Development, PATH
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Gawain Kripke

Director of Policy, Oxfam America
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Linda Kwamboka

Cofounder and Director, M-Farm
Learn More ›

David Lane

President, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
Learn More ›

Ben Lovett

Founding Member, Mumford & Sons;
Cofounder, Communion Music
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Mercy Lung’aho

Head of Nutrition in Africa, International Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT
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Ted McKinney

Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, US Department of Agriculture
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Trent McKnight

Founder, AgriCorps
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Gouri Mirpuri

Cofounder, The Learning Farm
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Paul Newnham

Coordinator, SDG2 Advocay Hub
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Elizabeth Nsimadala

Regional President, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation
Learn More ›

Joseph Ogutu

Director of Strategy and Innovation, Safaricom
Learn More ›

Femi Oke

International Journalist and Moderator, NABJ
Learn More ›

Marc Oshima

Cofounder and Chief Marketing Officer, Aerofarms
Learn More ›

Bobby Pittman

Managing Partner, Kupanda Capital
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Elizabeth Riordan

Divisional Vice President, Global Dairy Operations, Abbott
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Marie Rumsby

Senior Manager, Food Security, Hunger, and Nutrition, Global Citizen
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Papa Amadou Sarr

Delegate General, Entrepreneurship, Office of the President, Republic of Senegal
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Parmesh Shah

Global Lead, Rural Livelihoods and Agricultural Jobs, The World Bank
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Jazzmin Sharp

Student, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
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Chetna Sinha

Founder and Chairperson, Mann Deshi Foundation
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Gayle E. Smith

President and CEO, ONE Campaign
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Jocelyn A. Songco

Principal, Soros Economic Development Fund, Open Society Foundations
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Roger Thurow

Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Ginya Truitt Nakata

Director, Lands, Latin America, The Nature Conservancy
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Paul Weisenfeld

Executive Vice President, International Development, RTI International
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Tunde Wey

Cook and Writer
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Felix Kwame Yeboah

Assistant Professor, International Development, Michigan State University
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INFORMATION

  • Registration Costs

  • Location

  • Media

Registration fee: $300

Online registration is now closed. We will accept walk-ins on a limited basis on Thursday, March 22. 

Please note: The symposium will take place as scheduled on March 21-22 and will not be affected by inclement weather expected in the Washington, DC, area.

If you experience any difficulty registering online, please call +1 312-726-3860 or email registration@thechicagocouncil.org.

March 21-22, 2018
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20004

For media inquiries, please contact Council director of media strategy Lisa Park (+1 312-821-7519).

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NEXT GENERATION

  • Next Generation Delegates

  • Rapporteurs

  • Social Media Ambassadors

We are pleased to announce the Next Generation Delegation 2018, comprised of 27 exceptional students from universities throughout the United States and across the globe studying agriculture, food, health, and related disciplines. In addition, we are also pleased to announce our outstanding rapporteurs and social media ambassadors.

Oyewale Abioye
University of Ibadan
Oyeyemi Ajayi
Ohio State University
Amie Alexander
University of Arkansas
Scott Allan
University of Bath
Emely Lopez Barrera
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Longwen Chiang
Peking University
Kinnidy Coley
North Carolina A&T State University
Emmanuel Donkor
University College Cork
Cedric Habiyaremye
Washington State University
Abigail Han
Virginia Tech
Ishmael Jaja
University of Fort Hare
Jones Kanjira
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Nausher Khan
Columbia University
Catherine Leafstedt
Iowa State University
Fally Masambuka
Ohio State University
Doreen Mashu
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Xavier Morgan
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Sarala S. Morusupalli
Nalsar University for Law
Neeti Nayak
Harvard University
Tatenda Ndambakuwa
Virginia Commonwealth University
Sulav Paudel
Pennsylvania State University
Craig Robinson
Australian National University
Ahmed Saddam
Mississippi State University
Monica Torres Valencia
University of Chicago
Becatien Yao
Kansas State University
Millicent Yeboah-Awudzi
Louisiana State University
Becky Zhong
University of Minnesota

We are pleased to announce the Next Generation Delegation 2018, comprised of 27 exceptional students from universities throughout the United States and across the globe studying agriculture, food, health, and related disciplines. In addition, we are also pleased to announce our outstanding rapporteurs and social media ambassadors.

Oyewale Abioye
University of Ibadan
Oyeyemi Ajayi
Ohio University
Amie Alexander
University of Arkansas
Scott Allan
University of Bath
Emely Lopez Barrera
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Longwen Chiang
Peking University





 
Kinnidy Coley
North Carolina A&T State University
Emmanuel Donkor
University College Cork
Cedric Habiyaremye
Washington State University
Abigail Han
Virginia Tech



 
Jones Kanjira
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Ishmael Jaja
University of Fort Hare
Nausher Khan
Columbia University
Catherine Leafstedt
Iowa State University
Fally Masambuka
Ohio State University
Doreen Mashu
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Xavier Morgan
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Sarala S. Morusupalli
Nalsar University for Law



 
Neeti Nayak
Harvard University
Tatenda Ndambakuwa
Virginia Commonwealth University
Sulav Paudel
Pennsylvania State University
Craig Robinson
Australian National University
Ahmed Saddam
Mississippi State University
Monica Torres Valencia
University of Chicago
Becatien Yao
Kansas State University
Millicent Yeboah-Awudzi
Louisiana State University
Becky Zhong
University of Minnesota

Rapporteurs play an important role by attending pre-symposium working group "Solution Sessions" in Washington, DC, and capturing key themes and outcomes discussed.

Bathsheba F. Bryant-Tarpeh, PhD, African Studies, Public Policy and Development, Howard University

Alexandra Dehelean, MA, International Affairs and Development, George Washington University

Annabel Epstein, BA, Communication and Sustainability, George Washington University

Grant Gustafson, BA, International Affairs, George Washington University

Alicia Harley, PhD, Public Policy, Harvard University

Marianne “Vicky” Santoso, PhD, International Nutrition, Cornell Univeristy

Amit Smotrich, MA, Global Human Development, Georgetown University

Social Media Ambassadors play an integral role in supporting the symposium via digital platforms and driving engagement, outreach, and dissemination in the lead-up to the event. Ambassadors will also help to fuel online discussion by live-tweeting throughout the event.
 

Oluyinka Abejide, PhD, Quantitative Genetics and Genomics, University of Edinburgh

Prince Akomeah, MS, Environmental Science, University of Tsukuba

Bensolomon Baraka, MS, Agriculture and Applied Economics, University of Nairobi

Lungelo Cele, MS, Agricultural Economics, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Innocent Chamisa, MSC, Rural Development and Natural Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Benedictor Cheronoh, MA, Economics, University of Nairobi

Ebunoluwa Faniyi, PhD, Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, Obafemi Awolowo University

 

Husain Kurawadwala, BS, Technical Systems Management, Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Daisy Lanoi, MS, Food Science and Technology, Egerton University

Sassoum Lo, PhD, Plant Genetics and Genomics, University of California - Riverside

Funmilade Odukomaiya, MBA, Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, HAMK University of Applied Sciences

Talitha Pam, MS, Community Sustainability, Michigan State University

Heleene Tambet, MS, International & Economic Development, University of San Francisco

Jessica Way, MA, International Political Economy and Development, Fordham University

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Global Food Security Symposium 2013

Capitalizing on the Power of Science, Trade, and Business to End Hunger and Poverty: A New Agenda for Food Security

The 2013 symposium convened senior leaders from across sectors to chart a course for how science, trade, and business can be mobilized to advance food and nutrition security. The event featured the release of a new study endorsed by the Global Agricultural Development Advisory Group that defined next steps for the United States on global agricultural development.
 

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Advancing Global Food Security: The Power of Science, Trade, and Business


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Global Food Security Symposium 2012

Advancing Food and Nutrition Security at the 2012 G8 Summit

The 2012 symposium brought together senior global leaders to discuss new G8 efforts on food security and the opportunity and benefits of private sector investment in African agriculture and food sectors. President Barack Obama, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, His Excellency Professor John Evans Atta Mills, His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, His Excellency Dr. Boni Yayi, His Excellency Meles Zenawi, Bono, and other dignitaries addressed over 700 attendees.
 

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2012 Progress Report on US Leadership in Global Agricultural Development


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Global Food Security Symposium 2011

Progress to Date and Strategies for Success 2011

The 2011 symposium evaluated progress on the US government’s global food security strategy and examined how best to overcome potential obstacles to success.

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2011 Progress Report on US Leadership in Global Agricultural Development


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Global Food Security Symposium 2010

Progress to Date and Strategies for Success 2010

The 2010 symposium sought to build and sustain the gathering momentum for change in US food security and agricultural development policy. The event featured the release of the Feed the Future Guide, the implementation strategy for the US government’s global hunger and food security initiative.
 

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Feed the Future Guide


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Global Food Security Symposium 2009

Chicago Council's Global Agriculture Development Report Release

The 2009 symposium saw the release of a Council report that assessed the risks posed by rural poverty and food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. It endorsed a call to action for the United States government to work with governments and other institutions in those regions to increase agricultural productivity, market access, and incomes for smallholder farmers. The report was developed and endorsed by a bipartisan group of national leaders with experience and expertise on food and agriculture, development, foreign policy, and international organizations.
 

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Renewing American Leadership in the Fight Against Global Hunger and Poverty


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PAST SPEAKERS

Climate change is real and the effects are real...Africa has contributed the least to the warming of the planet..but is suffering the most extreme effects of climate change.

—  John Dramani Mahama, Former President, Republic of Ghana
 

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.

— Alaa Murabit, High-Level Commissioner, SDG Global Advocate, United Nations

We need to have a long term point of view about how we eliminate hunger in the world, and we need to have an immediate ability to respond to crises.

— Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Agricultural development and financial product development have gone hand in hand and been inextricably linked to economic development.

— Aubrey Hruby, Cofounder, Africa Expert Network