AIARD members are from universities, private voluntary organizations, consulting companies, trade associations, private firms, national and international agencies and foundations in every state in the union. Our members have dedicated their careers to alleviating world hunger and advancing international agriculture and rural development.
June 2-4, 2013
Embassy Suites DC Convention Center
"Feeding the Future in a Changing Climate"
"The lack of action on climate change not only risks putting prosperity out of reach of millions of people in the developing world, it threatens to roll back decades of sustainable development." ("Turn Down the Heat," World Bank Report, 2012)
The overwhelming consensus in the international scientific community is that climate change is real, it is happening now, and it will get considerably worse in the coming decades. Human activities have contributed significantly to this phenomenon...and it is people that now must demonstrate the political will, ingenuity, and cooperation needed to deal with this pending crisis. Agriculture, rural development, and food security for millions will be impacted by global changes affecting a broad range of natural resources that our food systems rely upon. Experts predict that vulnerable populations in developing countries, those already struggling to become food secure, will be the ones most adversely affected by these environmental changes.
At this year's 49th Annual Conference, AIARD will explore the latest scientific evidence surrounding climate change and its potential impact on agricultural systems, learn about innovative approaches to mitigate and adapt to these changes, and discuss what our role should be in educating the public and influencing policymakers. In order to address the interrelated complexities of climate change and food security, we're inviting leading experts representing a multitude of perspectives and organizations to address this issue. We hope you'll decide to join this important discussion when we meet in Washington, DC, June 2-4, 2013.
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