Food and Agriculture Events

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World Population and Human Capital in the Twenty-first Century (Book Launch)

October 23, 2014 // 10:00am12:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
'World Population and Human Capital in the Twenty-first Century' seeks to provide the top-level insights and detailed projections that policymakers and researchers need to make decisions supporting sustainable development in the 21st century. This book is the culmination of an international effort of more than 550 population experts, led by researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Wittgenstein Centre in Vienna. It provides multi-dimensional projections of age, gender, and education distributions for 195 countries through the year 2100.
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The Future of Food, Climate, and the Natural World: A Conversation With Jonathan Foley

October 22, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Brazil Institute
On Wednesday, October 22, the Managing Our Planet series will sit down with newly appointed Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences Executive Director, Jonathan Foley.

Dairy Policy Reform in Canada & the United States: Protection at Home or International Trade? (Toronto)

October 22, 2014 // 8:00am9:30am
Canada Institute
Panelists Martha Hall Findlay and Joe Balagtas will assess the progress to date on implementing dairy policy reforms and discuss the cost of inaction in terms of global competitiveness—in particular, international dairy markets.
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Africa's Stalled Fertility Transition: Causes, Cures, and Consequences?

October 15, 2014 // 1:00pm3:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
When high birth rates decline and youthful age structures become more mature, many developing countries have a window of opportunity for accelerated development that can result in improvements in education, health, and rapid economic growth. However, while fertility rates around the world have fallen drastically over the last century, they remain high in many African countries, with very slow declines in some and completely stalled levels in others. What has caused this trend, and what will be its impact on the health, environment, economic growth, and political stability of the continent?
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Scaling Up or Expanding Out? What Happens When Development Programs Grow

October 14, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In the field of integrated development, scaling up is often a benchmark of success – but what does scaling up actually look like? For population, health, and environment (PHE) programs, local context matters, and successes from one community may not be immediately replicable in another. In those cases, is it realistic to aim for scaling up? Or is another benchmark needed? Could resilience offer a new framework to help practitioners plan for growing PHE programs?
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China’s Quest for Safe + Secure Food: Boon for U.S. Business?

September 30, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
Lester Brown (Earth Policy Institute) will talk about rapid shifts in food production and consumption in China that are threatening the country’s food security and changing global food markets. Amy Celico (Albright Stonebridge Group) will discuss how the gaps in oversight of food producers and growing water and soil contamination are opening up new opportunities for U.S.-China business and policy collaboration.
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What’s Next? Celebrating 20 Years of the Environmental Change and Security Program

September 18, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Please join us on September 18 as we celebrate 20 years of exploring the intersection of environmental security, population dynamics, and resilience. Andrew Revkin, columnist for The New York Times, will moderate a panel featuring three current and former ECSP directors alongside three renowned experts from the environment, security, and population and reproductive health sectors.

Dealing with a Toxic Legacy: Soil Pollution in China

September 18, 2014 // 9:00am10:30am
China Environment Forum
At this meeting Isabel Hilton (chinadialogue) will draw on new chinadialogue reporting on the causes and impacts of soil pollution in Hunan and other provinces. She will also highlight some of the researchers and NGOs investigating and promoting transparency on soil pollution. Qing Wang (World Bank) will discuss new World Bank projects that focus on soil clean-up of industrial sites across China and helping industrial parks better manage their waste.
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Preempting Environmental and Human Security Crises in Africa: Science-Based Planning for Climate Variability Threats

August 20, 2014 // 10:00am1:00pm
Africa Program
Development and poverty reduction are inextricably linked to the water, energy and security nexus in Africa. There was some consensus that the impact of climate variability and extreme climate events depends not only on the severity of the crisis, but also on the vulnerability of the affected population – which is correlated with the level of development along with governance and other socio-cultural factors. Just as poverty can put communities at an increased level of vulnerability, so can sustainable development lead to improvements in climate-resilience and human security.
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Migration of Central American Minors: Causes and Solutions

July 24, 2014 // 11:30am12:30pm
Latin American Program
Foreign Ministers of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala discuss the regional perspective to the humanitarian crisis and unaccompanied minors.

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