On 16 October the world will celebrate the 40th Annual World Food Day. This is a day meant to raise awareness to the growing number of hungry around the world, as well as celebrate the transformation of agri-food systems and positive steps to achieving SDG2, Zero Hunger. With more than 150 nations celebrating each year, World Food Day is one of the most popular UN holidays.
For the second year in a row, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual General Meetings for the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) and the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) were held virtually.
Typically, the AGMs take place in Rome over the course of two days and include a series of bilaterals with individuals from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). In order to accommodate time zones and schedules, the AGMs took place from 1 June – 10 June 2021. In total, eight meetings took place over the course of the ten days, in addition to the 48th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS48) which took place 3–4 June. The Membership and the Secretariat were very busy in June!
Since 1997 the United Nations has been celebrating the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The theme for 2020 is “Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all.” However, the day can be traced back to 1987 Paris, when over one hundred thousand people gathered to honor victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. While in the location that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed, these individuals made a cry that poverty was a violation of human rights and these rights needed to be respected.
If you have been following the Emerging ag blogs, you may recall that twice a year we bring our international team together for a week of meetings, team building and fun. Between the twenty team members we cover nine countries. This past March we were meant to gather in Nairobi but, like so many others, due to the COVID-19 pandemic our plans were changed.
Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO), in partnership with the Residential College in Arts and Humanities based out of Michigan State University is excited to be able to promote their new video “Protecting Yourself Against Coronavirus.” SAWBO is hoping to make their video available for people across the world. Currently the video is available in twenty-two languages.
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) culminates its work every year during its annual session in October at the FAO. However, CFS stakeholders are hard at work in Rome all year through working groups focused around issues on nutrition, agroecology, finance, and youth.
2019 was a successful year for Emerging Ag with many accomplishments worth highlighting!
As Emerging Ag welcomed 2019 we were able to have a look at the coming year and build plans around the events and projects everyone would be attending and taking part in. Through this planning, our calendar grew, and it shaped up to be a very busy year.
Everyone loves a celebration, and it seems now that there is an obscure celebration every day. There are, however, days that are often overlooked that may not be as sexy as days titled “World Chocolate Day (July 7th)”. Every year at the United Nations General Assembly the member states of the United Nations work to create and officiate a series of days and years meant to raise awareness on issues affecting the global community. Each international day is brought about by a resolution in the General Assembly and then voted on by the member states as something they can support. Each resolution explains the importance of the day or year and what is hoped to be achieved through its celebration.
While each day is an important reminder, for the work Emerging ag does we would like to highlight the days and themed years below.
On August 12th, 2019 American Natural Foods (ANF) hosted the 1st Natural Foods Competition with a focus on pulses. American Natural Foods is a non-profit organization founded by Chef Ron Pickarski in 1996. The organization is passionate about increasing the reach of plant-based meals and information.
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.