Future Leaders Forum at the Annual Conference has started accepting applications from students demonstrating academic achievements and interest in international agriculture and rural development. Find out more HERE.
There is also a new blog post by Sharon Tusiime, 2018 Future Leader Fellow which you can find HERE.
Dr. Susan Schram, AIARD Education and Advocacy Committee Chair reflects on the relevance of the new Farm Bill to international agricultural development. Please find her very informative insights HERE.
Tom Gill, AIARD President-Elect reflects on the year 2018 and the important events in international development in a new blog post which you can find HERE. Tom concludes that there is hope for our global food systems if we stick with our resilient resolutions.
In a new piece by Russ Webster, AIARD Vice-President, he talks about employment levels in agriculture and the important role that smallholder farmers play in developing and developed countries for food security. You can find this piece HERE.
AIARD has launched a new blog. Its mission is to highlight and share thoughts, ideas and work from people who have devoted their careers to global agricultural development and hunger alleviation. You can find the first blog piece "Why Care about #ZeroHunger and the UN's World Food Day" by Gretchen Neisler, AIARD President HERE.
S 2269, a 5 year reauthorization of the Global Food Security Act, has passed the House under unanimous consent on September 28th, 2018. It will now head to the President for signature.
Many groups, including AIARD, pushed to make sure that this important piece of legislation made it across the finish line. The bill assures that programs dedicated to Global Food Security will be a US priority for the next five years.
AIARD’s 54th Annual Conference “Business Un’Usual: Aligning Critical Intersections of Agriculture, Health and Food” was held in June in Washington DC.
The conference was dedicated to the exploration of technical interventions with cultural factors, behavior change communication, and the key role of policy development both in the U.S. and abroad. See the full agenda and Pdf versions of the conference presentations here.
We had some very interesting and lively discussions that allowed the conference participants to share their experiences and engage in a dialogue with the speakers and colleagues. Some discussions continued beyond the sessions well into networking breaks. You can find conference pictures in the photo gallery. You are also welcome to submit your pictures to be added to it!
We hope that our 54th conference enabled the attendees to develop a sound understanding of how more coordinated actions across the system can result in improved nutrition and health. You can find student participants’ reflections from the PennState University in the INTAD’s Program blogs: "What's the Value of AIARD" and "AIARD Wrap Up from a Student Perspective".
We would also like to welcome you and take a look at the profiles of our 2018 Future Leaders Forum participants and 2018 AIARD Award Recipients.
Thank you again to all participants and sponsors!
We encourage you to join our Members only LinkedIn group and to stay in touch!
This contest is a global search launched by Rare, Conservation International, National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy the United Nations Development Programme and the World Wildlife Fund, aiming to identify successful efforts that are inspiring and enabling people to change the way they consume – the way they cook, eat, dispose of waste, purchase goods, travel, and more.
Submit your efforts to Solution Search for the chance to win $25,000, gain international exposure, and expand your potential partner and donor networks! Click here to apply by August 7, 2018. An early entry prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the best entry received by June 1, 2018.
What people eat, what they buy and what they use contributes directly to climate change. In just eight months, humans consume what the earth can sustainably produce in a single year. Nearly two-thirds of global emissions are linked to both direct and indirect forms of human consumption. Promoting sustainable behaviors holds enormous potential for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the Earth on which we all depend. Climate change needs behavior change.
What could these solutions look like? Strategies and efforts that apply behavior change insights to inspire and enable people to:
Help us demonstrate that just as people are the cause of environmental challenges, they are also the solution.
Submit an entry, or if you know of someone doing great work, you can nominate them. Visit Solution Search: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change today!
AIARD is pleased to announce it's 2018 class of AIARD Future Leaders Forum participants. AIARD awards twelve FLF scholarships annually, on a competitive basis, to students who have shown a demonstrated interest and outstanding record in addressing international agriculture and rural development issues and their solutions. These outstanding students will attend the 2018 AIARD Annual Conference and will visit a variety of NGOs, USAID and consulting firms to gain insight into career opportunities in international agriculture and rural development. Congratulations to these outstanding students:
Tegan Walker, Auburn University
Armen Ghazaryan, Colorado State University
Sharon Tusiime, Iowa State University
Susan Karimiha, Louisiana State University
Getrude Mphwanthe, Michigan State University
Evania Robles, Texas A&M University
Rael Otuya, Texas Tech University
Elisabeth Garner, The Pennsylvania State University
Genna Tesdall, The Pennsylvania State University
Anna Waller, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
Alexis Villacis Aveiga, Virginia Tech
Deus Mugabe, Washington State University
Learn more about the Future Leaders Forum here.