Since 2001, World Milk Day has been observed by the United Nations on June 1st. It was initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN 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 – in other words, with the perspective of a consumer and also with the perspective of a producer.
For two very cold and icy days in April, a delegation of eight people representing the Prairie Oat Growers Association went to Ottawa to meet with several key Government agencies, members of Parliament, and industry to share the success story of Canadian Oats and discuss the current challenges being faced by the oats sector.
At the end of March 2018, two members of the Emerging Team spent 10 days in Burkina Faso and Mali filming the work of Target Malaria. Target Malaria is a global research consortium working to save millions of lives from malaria by developing new, cost-effective, and sustainable genetic technologies to modify mosquitoes and reduce malaria transmission.
Pulses can be a major player in the fight against one of the most urgent global food challenges: malnutrition. A recent clinical study in Malawi has found that complementary feeding with cowpeas reduces stunting in children and improves overall gut health.
On Thursday, March 1st, the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) held an information session in Nairobi, Kenya. The hope for this event was to engage with more farmers, SMEs, and agricultural entrepreneurs in East Africa, an area that represents incredible growth, potential, and challenges in the ongoing fight to end malnutrition and hunger worldwide by 2030.
The 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 62) is currently taking place in New York until 23rd March 2018. This year’s theme is “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.”
March is #nutritionmonth in Canada and it’s exciting to follow all the conversations around the limitless potential of food to fuel our bodies, heal what ails us, and bring people together. This month provides a wonderful wealth of information encouraging Canadians to ‘Unlock the Potential of Food’ through events, recipes, factsheets and much more – find out more here. As we celebrate #nutritionmonth here at home, it’s a good time to ponder the global state of nutrition. How far are we in the journey to achieving the global goal to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture” by 2030?
When you think about agriculture and food, women are involved in every aspect. We represent most of the world’s smallholder farmers, livestock keepers, grocery buyers, and household cooks. So if women are a vast part of every aspect of producing and serving our food, why is there a dearth of them in leadership in agriculture?
Our friends at Real Agriculture took the time to interview me at FarmTech in Alberta. It is always fun to chat with Shaun, and got to discuss how Canada is doing on sustainable agriculture. It is particularly important since progress is being made on some global indicators that would allow more consistent and direct comparisons between countries. I think Canada is going to stack up well. Canada’s already made lots of progress on soil health through the use of conversation tillage. Now we need to focus in on improving crop rotations and measures on biodiversity. It’s great to see people already thinking about intercropping and other solutions to drive us to the next great innovations in agriculture. Onwards to continuous improvement!