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Newsletter
31 March 2017
Catch up on all the highlights from the Chicago Council's Global Food Security Symposium 2017 in Washington DC this week with Farming First and supporters.
 

 

Making Food Security the Focus in Uncertain Times
Amid recent turbulent political shifts around the world, a new report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs puts food security at the heart of global peace and prosperity. Stability in the 21st Century calls for food security to be included in national security strategies to deal with the growing threats of instability and climate change.
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The Good Growth Plan: 2016 Progress Report Launch
At one of three solutions sessions, "New Approaches to Big Data", Syngenta released their latest report on progress towards achieving their Good Growth Plan - a set of commitments for improving the sustainability of agriculture and their business.
 
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New Nutrient Management Handbook for Farmers Released 
Improving nutrient management can help farmers achieve a triple win of improved productivity, resilience and sustainability. Download the new Nutrient Management Handbook compiled by the World Farmers Organisation and International Fertilizer Association.
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Farming First's round-up of the best commentary on the conference topics from around the web.
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Ending Hunger is Within Our Grasp
by Catherine Bertini, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Can We Turn ‘Generation Yum’ into ‘Generation Ag’?
by Robert Hunter and Yvonne Harz-Pitre, Farming First
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Food security podcast: Hot, Hungry Planet

by Roger Thurow, Pulitzer Center
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Jason Hafemeister: Direct Food Aid is 'Sign of Failure'
Global food security is about producers as well as consumers, the Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the US Department of Agriculture told the symposium. 
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Farming First Supporters Champion Innovation
DigitalGlobe's Rhiannan Price explained how satellite imagery can help monitor food security (left) while Matt Shakhovsky, of the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, said finance for farmers has entered an "exciting new era" thanks to alternative, tailored systems. 
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Voices from the Field: "What Had We Done to His Child?"
Journalist Roger Thurow reflected on our collective responsibility to end hunger in a moving session of personal stories. World Food Prize President Kenneth Quinn also shared the stage with Mercy Zaah, a cocoa farmer from Ghana, in the Voices from the Field storytelling session.
 
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Inspiring Africa's New Generation of Entrepreneurs
A discussion on capacity building in Africa quickly turned to the challenge of inspiring young people to take up agriculture, a priority promoted by Farming First's #IAmAg campaign and the Chicago Council's Next Generation Delegation. William Asiko, of Grow Africa, said tapping into entrepreneurial spirit could be key.
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The Future of Food and Agriculture Lies with Rural Youth
In a panel discussing “Farming, Food and the Future of Work,” TechnoServe President and CEO William Warshauer discussed the mutual opportunities for increasing food production and promoting youth employment by keeping rural youth involved in agricultural value chains.
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Syrian Seeds Sow Hope for Global Food Security
Safeguarding genetic material for key crops protects the food security of future generations. Hear more about ICARDA's work to move a vast seed collection from Syria to Lebanon for safekeeping.
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