Emerging ag Tours Alberta

As the Emerging team is based around the world, there are few instances for the all of us to come together. Twice a year, the team members of Emerging ag inc are able to come together and it always proves to be equally as fun as it is productive.

Last month the team traveled to Calgary, Alberta, Canada for four days of meetings, trainings, and farm tours. The initial meetings give everyone a chance to collaborate and review the status of clients, and give input on projects that they may not have a hand in on the day-to-day. The brainstorming sessions prove to be informative and inspirational, not just for those involved in a certain project, but giving ideas to everyone that can be utilized in different ways. From this, our clients are able to benefit as the team comes up with new and innovative ways to provide our services.

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National Forum on Agri-Food: Competing in a New World Order

I was involved in a Canada Food Brand Project dialogue earlier this year and I want to draw your attention to an upcoming event as part of that work. The Canada 2020 National Forum on Agri-Food: Competing in a New World Order is taking place on November 6-7, 2019, in Ottawa. You might be interested in attending this key event designed to shape priorities for the next agri-food policy agenda, immediately after the federal election.

Details can be found here: www.canada2020.ca/canadafoodbrand 

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2019) launched at the HLPF in New York

The launch of the 2019 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2019) report was one of the key moments at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF 2019 under the auspices of ECOSOC) currently ongoing in New York City.

SOFI 2019 paints a grim picture with concerns that the Zero Hunger target (SDG2) may not be achieved as world hunger rises for the third year in a row. There were 821 million people critically undernourished in the world last year, a rise from 811 million in 2017. In their pre-launch statement, FAO’s DG José Graziano da Silva and Máximo Torero (Assistant Director-General for the Economic and Social Development Department at FAO) highlighted the urgency to improve nutrition and fast-track food security for all, noting that “the Zero Hunger goal is not simply to eradicate hunger but also to ensure access by all people to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round and to end all forms of malnutrition.”

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Enjoy Dairy Rally and World Milk Day 2019 Celebrations and Key Metrics

World Milk Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2001 to recognize the importance of milk as a global food. 

The 2019 celebrations were a huge success with over 664 million social media impressions and 426 events in 68 countries. 107 countries featured World Milk Day activity through May 29 - June 1, 2019. 

To help create a positive stream of conversation in advance of the celebration, this year Global Dairy Platform coordinated the Enjoy Dairy Rally from May 29-31, culminating in World Milk Day on June 1. Through social and traditional media as well as hundreds of events, the benefits of milk and dairy products were actively promoted, including how dairy supports the livelihoods of one billion people around the world.

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A Crop Whose Time has Come

This article was originally posted in the IPGA Pulse India magazine. Download the magazine here.

Pulses have never been so relevant. Celebrated in the EAT-Lancet report and the newly declared World Pulses Day – peas, lentils, chickpeas and other pulses are riding a wave of growing attention.  For India, pulses are a timeless part of the diet, but in many other countries, pulses are part of a growing trend to focus on plant-based proteins. 

What we eat sends a signal to the supply chain and the signal is about pulses as a sustainable part of the food basket.  While the discussion of meat lately has not fairly reflected the disparity in developed and developing countries, certainly pulses are part of a more sustainable and healthier future. 

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Emerging ag in Kenya: Farm Tours & Palmhouse Dairies

The Emerging team met in Kenya last month for our semi-annual team meeting. With the picturesque setting of Mount Kenya, 19 team members got together to discuss our many projects. We use this time to get input from different team members on certain issues they may not work closely on year-round. This adds new perspectives and value to our clients. 

After three days of meetings, a smaller group from the team took two days to tour multiple smallholder dairy farms in Kiambu and Kerugoya, rural areas just outside of Nairobi. These tours gave us an idea of the various challenges’ farmers face in Kenya, including access to resources (Kenya is in the midst of a drought) and waste management. 

In addition to farm tours, we were given a tour of Palmhouse Dairies, a dairy processing plant based in Githunguri. Owned and operated by Margaret Munene, Palmhouse Dairies creates milk and yoghurt products distributed in Nairobi.

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How to hold a World Milk Day event on June 1st, 2019

Since 2001, June 1st, World Milk Day has been observed by the United Nations. It was initiated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to mark the importance of dairy. World Milk Day focuses on raising public awareness about the importance of milk as part of a healthy and balanced diet and as an agricultural product. It also aims to highlight the significance of the milk sector and milk producers, in particular, the one billion people around the world who derive their livelihoods from the dairy sector. 

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Nominations for the World Food Prize are open until May 1

If you know an outstanding individual working to make hunger history – why not nominate them for the biggest accolade in agriculture?

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World Ocean Summit 2019

Tiare Boyes is a youth ocean leader. She is the Executive Director at B.C Tuna Fisherman's Association and Founder of Leeward Consulting Ltd. 


 The Economist’s World Ocean Summit was hosted in Abu Dhabi this year with the theme ‘building bridges’.

Many governmental representatives, corporations, NGOs and scientists were in attendance from around the world. While there was a youth contingency, they were largely absent from many of the events. Last year youth in marine fields were asked to present at short intervals between discussions, which was a highlight as many bright young ideas were shared and it was easy to recognize the youth and be able to speak with them during the networking events.

It was interesting to visit Abu Dhabi and learn of some of the ongoing ocean initiatives underway in the Gulf of Persia. It was wonderful to meet local representatives and to learn some of the unique local challenges facing desert/ocean cities.

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GBA4E High-Level Dinner: Innovative & Sustainable Business Solutions

On March 12, 2019, at the Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA4), The Global Business Alliance for the Environment held its first High Level Dinner, welcoming more than 80 guests.

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