Irrigation Pumps Move Africans Out of Poverty

Kelly Marshall

Now founder and CEO of KickStart International, Martin Fisher went to Africa for one year.  Seventeen years later he was still in Kenya, finding ways for technology and engineering to make a difference.  Martin presented what he’s learned at the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference where Jamie was able to sit down with him to hear his story of the …

Ag Group, Audio, Food, Irrigation, water

Expanding Ag Technology in Africa

Kelly Marshall

The “Upscaling Solutions: Expanding access to irrigation for smallholders in sub­-Saharan Africa” session at the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference explored how public and private sector investors can support smallholder-irrigated agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. The presentation included a whitepaper synthesis of case studies relevant to this topic. One case study was from International Development Enterprise (iDE), a global effort that spans …

Audio, Food, International, Security, technology, water

Bertram Presents On Global Food Security

Kelly Marshall

One of the plenary speakers at the 2017 Water for Food Conference was Robert Bertram, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, U.S. Agency for International Development. Bertram has served as a key adviser on a range of technical and programmatic issues to advance global food security and nutrition. He leads U.S. Agency for International Development’s evidence-based efforts to advance research, …

Ag Group, Audio, Food, Security, water

Jeff Raikes Honored at Water for Food

Kelly Marshall

Jeff Raikes was honored at this week’s 2017 Water for Food Conference.  As a co-founder of the Raikes Foundation and Daughterly Water for Food Foundation & Board Chair, he is credited with being the inspiration for the event with his concerns for finding local solutions to global challenges.  Raikes is stepping down from the board this year, but he is still committed …

Audio, Award, Food, water

Water for Food Improving Sub-Saharan Security

Kelly Marshall

The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference took place this week at at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  More than 400 experts attended the event to focus on ways to grow more food with less water.  One of the major topics of concern at the conference was finding new ways to increase sustainable irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa for increased water …

Audio, Food, International, Irrigation, Video, water

Rice U. Team Cultivates Indoor Garden

Kelly Marshall

A team at Rice University, cleverly named Lettuce Turnip the Beet, has designed a produce cultivation machine— a hydroponic garden that grows plants without soil. Instead a pump recirculates 55 gallons of water through tiers of PVC pipe, using little energy and no waste to grow lettuce, garlic and other vegetables. Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan, Schaefer Pipps, Jared Broadman, and George Dawson …

Education, Food, Research

#FarmBillSummit Bridges Food/Farm Gap

Kelly Marshall

The “Bridging the Gap Between Farm and Food Policy” panel hosted by Agri-Pulse during their Farm Bill Summit was moderated by Agri-Pulse Senior Editor, Phillip Brasher. The panelists were all veterans of past farm bills and familiar with wrestling issues like SNAP. “I think the alliance between farmers and people who work in the nutrition field or people who worry …

Ag Day, Audio, Farm Bill, Food

Register Now for Water for Food Global Conference

Kelly Marshall

The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference will be held on April 10-12 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. The event, hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, will welcome a record 100 speakers and experts coming together to find solutions to the world’s water and food security challenges. Attendees will experience three full days …

Events, Food, Security, water

CFI Offers Insights Into Consumer Trust

Kelly Marshall

The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) conducts an annual consumer study to better understand how to earn consumer trust. Their latest research approach has identified influential consumer groups and made an effort to understand how they not only dictate food trends, but drive conversations that impact the decisions of others. In a first-of-its-kind method, the 2016 survey used digital ethnography that …

Food

Ag Groups Defend Sustainability of #GMOs

Cindy Zimmerman

Agricultural organizations are doubling down on their defense of biotechnology as sustainable, after challenging Dannon for its pledge to eliminate genetically-modified ingredients from some products, citing that it improves sustainability. “There comes a time when we as farmers and ranchers need to step up and challenge when companies misinform consumers,” said U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance CEO Randy Krotz on …

Audio, biotechnology, Food, GMO, USFRA