Morgane has been working in international development and communications in relation to the agrifood sector for the past 15 years. She has worked for international organizations, NGOs, and the private sector. She has been a spokesperson for specific industries as well as business groups in international policy processes. For two years, she was the private sector representative at the UN Committee on World Food Security where she helped found the Private Sector Mechanism. She was also vice-chair of the Food and Agriculture Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD. Morgane is passionate about building engagement with diverse stakeholders and representing civil society in United Nations processes and agencies. She has a strong background in corporate and digital communications. Prior to joining Emerging Ag, Morgane was Director of Communications at the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA). During her time at IFA, she co-chaired the Farming First coalition. She also worked for the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). She has conducted fieldwork in Latin America and Africa. A French national, Morgane is fluent in French, English, Portuguese and Spanish. She holds a Master of Science in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, an MBA from the Sorbonne Graduate Business School, a BA in History from the Sorbonne University and a BA in Chinese from the International Institute of Oriental Languages.

International Stewardship Symposium

Stewardship in agriculture is an approach and a set of best management practices and technologies that can help farmers and all actors in the agri-food supply chain to find solutions to guide sustainable strategies. Nutrient stewardship or water stewardship are a set of practices that aim at increasing the use efficiency of resources. Science-based research has found that 4R Nutrient Stewardship simultaneously increases productivity and profitability, and protects the environment, and thus meets sustainable development goals. This innovative approach to best management practices (BMPs) for fertilizer is the Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place®. It can be applied to managing fertilizer or other crop nutrients.

The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) has been leading global efforts in disseminating stewardship practices in the fertilizer industry. With this experience, the organization wishes to expand the stewardship approach to the whole agricultural sector. CFI is hosting the second International Stewardship Symposium, Feeding Crops to Feed the World on July 14-15, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta in partnership with The Fertilizer Institute, the International Fertilizer Industry Association, the International Plant Nutrition Institute and the Soil Conservation Council of Canada.

Following on the success with the first symposium last year, which attracted more than 200 delegates from around the world, the Symposium will focus in four themes that are in line with some of the most important ongoing discussions nowadays:

  • Climate Smart Agriculture

  • Metrics for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Framework for Increasing Soil Quality

  • Better Access to Inputs for Smallholders in Africa.

The symposium will also showcase a Poster Session to celebrate the 2015 UN International Year of Soils.

The 4R nutrient stewardship concept involves crop producers and their advisers selecting the right source-rate-time-place combination from practices validated by research conducted by agronomic scientists. Goals for economic, environmental and social progress are set by—and are reflected in performance indicators chosen by—the stakeholders to crop production systems. While the 4R Nutrient Stewardship is a North American project, many variations of nutrient stewardship exist internationally and will be showcased during the symposium.

Register at:!registration/cdwc.

Joining the Emerging Ag Team

This month I started my new position at Emerging Ag as Vice-President Operations. It’s only been a few days but I can already feel the incredible strengths the company has developed through both Robynne Anderson’s leadership and the team she has gathered.

One of the main changes for me coming from a traditional office type of setting working in a building and commuting every day is the virtual office set up that Emerging Ag has established as one of its founding principles. The team members’ locations in almost all world time zones give clients the possibility to be serviced 24/7 with regional expertise at hand and increases the company’s turn around capacity and efficiency.

One of the other changes for me is the company’s size and the start-up spirit it carries. In my past positions, I have worked for several large organizations from the European Commission to the World Bank with at the time close to 10,000 staff members. Emerging Ag’s culture is more acquainted to that of an IT start-up rather than what one would imagine of a consultancy working in the agricultural sector. This interesting mix between what most would perceive as a very traditional sector, agriculture, with this innovative corporate culture and set up probably explains how Emerging attracted such a passionate, professional and fun team.

I expect the work with Emerging Ag to be fascinating with such a rich client base covering the entire food and agricultural value chain in many regions of the world. Emerging Ag is also the Secretariat of two large international processes. By providing the secretariat to the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN), it coordinates the agribusiness voice towards agrifood agencies of the United Nations (FAO, WFP, IFAD) through its permanent representation in Rome, Italy. Emerging Ag is also the Secretariat of the Global Pulse Confederation's (GPC) campaign to support the 2016 International Year of Pulses. GPC represents all actors involved in pulse production, trade, research, and consumption around the world.

I am looking forward to meeting all our clients and working closely with our network of team members, partners and suppliers.