Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwumi Adesina, breaks down the steps needed to scale-up nutrition and get more nutritious foods to millions at The 2nd Global Conference on Biofortification.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report today that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. The report also concludes that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming.
On May 22 in Washington, DC, global leaders will convene at The Chicago Council's Global Food Security Symposium 2014 to chart a course for how the US government, in partnership with business and civil society and international organizations, can advance global food security in the face of weather volatility and climate change. For more information, visit the symposium website, follow us on Twitter, and join our Facebook event page.
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President Obama released his FY15 budget proposal last week. This post contains links to relevant budget documents, congressional budget justifications, testimonies, and media articles. This post will be updated with new information throughout the week.
Department of State and Other International Programs President Obama requested a total of $46.2 billion for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development. This amount also includes $5.9 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations activity.
On March 6, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs will host a half-day International Women’s Day Global Health Symposium at the Fairmont hotel in Chicago. This symposium will explore how women are affecting change in the health field – locally and globally - and examine the economic, political, geographic, and cultural factors involved in addressing global women’s health. Watch a short video of last year's Global Health Symposium. Click here to find out more about the Symposium.
Secretary Kerry said climate change is a national security threat and called it "the greatest challenge of our generation" during his visit to Indonesia. He urged the international community to tackle climate change because it would fundamentally transformation global agriculture and food systems. Secretary Kerry said that according to scientists, "heat waves and water shortages will make it much more difficult for farmers to be able to grow the regular things we grow, like wheat or corn or rice." Watch Secretary Kerry's speech on climate change here.
Water is essential for life and human survival. We not only rely on fresh and clean water for drinking and washing, but for agriculture, fisheries, and energy generation. Scientists have warned that unsustainable development has placed an enormous stress on our planet's ability to produce fresh water and billions of people will face serious water shortages by 2050. Kylie Schultz at Ensia created this interesting infographic that examines the amount of water use around the world.
In 2003, African leaders pledged to increase support for agriculture. Known as Maputo Declaration, African leaders agreed to allocate at least 10 percent of budgetary resources to agriculture and to achieve 6 percent growth in agriculture sector to reduce poverty and food insecurity.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of the first ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the country. "Climate Hubs" will address increasing risks such as fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts on a regional basis, aiming to translate science and research into information to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners on ways to adapt and adjust their resource management.
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