The High Level Dinner (HLD) provides a forum for senior leadership from the private sector and civil society to interact with Ambassadors, leaders and Permanent Representatives to the Rome-based agencies to discuss current opportunities and challenges in the context of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS). This year, the conversation focused on “Multistakeholder Partnerships to Finance and Improve Food Security and Nutrition in the framework of the 2030 Agenda”. A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusive partnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.
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.
On January 18, 2017, the world will celebrate pulses…again! Formerly known as Pulse Feast, Global Pulse Day will be celebrated every year to promote the nutritional and environmental benefits of pulses.
Celebrate with us by joining our Thunderclap to promote the benefits of pulses for people and the planet on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. Sign up here: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/50361-global-pulse-day?locale=en
Eat pulses that day and tell the world about it! You can register your lunch, dinner, party with pulses with us so they are part of the celebrations on January 18! Events will take place globally and be shared through social media. Learn more, and register your event here: http://pulses.org/global-pulse-day
Last year we saw over 140 events world-wide celebrating pulses. In 36 countries, events ranged from a university meal in Chennai joined with a lecture on pulses, and children in Malawi were fed protein supplements made with pulses. A skating party with a Dutch Olympic medal winner in Amsterdam, as well as a roundtable discussion with IFPRI in New Delhi at the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS). As they were chiming in the International Year at the Gate Restaurant in London, those across the Atlantic geared up for new dishes in Brazil, Three Kings celebrations in Mexico City, lunch for one hundred in Pullman, and an event in Toronto that had pulses trending on twitter.
We are so excited about this year’s social media event, that we have developed a series of downloadable resources for your use. These include:
- Multiple Twitter promotional photos
- Blog template
- Flyers translated in English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Turkish, and Portuguese
- Social Media Plan
Download these items here.
Show the world that we #LovePulses on January 18!
Happy Global Pulse Day
The 43rd plenary session of the UN Committee of World Food Security took place October 17 to 21, 2016 to discuss the issues and solutions on global food security and nutrition. This year’s session saw 56 side-events. The Private Sector Mechanism hosted 4 and a book launch, all discussing various issues and topics to advance the private sector’s engagement in reducing food insecurity, and achieving the sustainable development goals. These side-events included:
I was given the opportunity to attend the International Food Technology conference in Chicago, IL, USA last week. The events drew a crowd of 23,000 food scientists, technologists, agriculturalists and foodies.
I was there to support Pulse Canada, the American Pulse Association, USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, and the Global Pulse Confederation put on the LovePulses Product Showcase. Winners from the National Competitions, and winners from the Virtual Competition presented their products to a crowd of over 100. Offering samples and cooking demonstrations, the winning teams captivated the audience for their hour long session at the Cooking Up Science booth. It was so great to see these students taking advantage of the opportunity to present their hard work to relevant industry members.
The teams who presented their products include:
- Charlotte Reynolds, for her Blooming Food Lupin Crisps from the UK
- Phindile Jane Tsela, for her Bean Jam from Swaziland
- Tushar Kaushik, Shardul Dabir, Yash Naresh Gajwani, NIFTEM, for their FMP Chips (Flax, Millets and Pulse Chips) from India
- Chandre Van De Merwe, Austen Neil, Nicolle Mah for their BiotaGelata from Canada
- Steven Ross, Yuda Ou, Audrey Boeken, for their Southwestern Vegan Black Eyed Pea and Chickpea Enchilada with Salsa Verde and Rocky Mountain Succotash from the USA
- Hannah Dressen, Shakira Abu Samah, Payton Irlbeck, Joe Quinlan, for their Southwest Street Tacos, from the USA
- Charlize Snyman and Naomi Cutler for their Coconut Chickpea Cookie from Australia
Learn more about the teams, watch their YouTube videos, and read their blogs here.
All of the student’s samples were eaten and mentioned many times while exploring the convention afterwards. In addition to the presentation, the students were given the opportunity to connect with media outlets to share their stories with the world. So far, the live articles can be found on the Huffington Post here:
- Charlotte Reynolds, for her Lupin Crisps
- Tushar Krausik, for FMP Chips
- Phindile Tsela, for her Bean Jam
- Steven Ross, of Southwestern Vegan Black Eyed Pea and Chickpea Enchilada with Salsa Verde and Rocky Mountain Succotash
- Nicole Mhah, for BiotaGelata
More teams are in contact with their local media outlets, with pieces going live both online and through radio outlets! Follow @LovePulses for additional event coverage.
The whole presentation was filmed, and will be made available on the IFT website soon.
Read the press release on iyp2016.org.
Normally, a 48 hour work day with 3 hour sleep breaks here and there is something not enjoyable, and something I waved goodbye to in University. However, the 48 hours were filled with major highs, having images sent to us from around the world with people celebrating and embracing the International Year of Pulses.
We had planned ahead, outlining the many events that were sent our way so we would be prepared and ready once the thousands of images were flooding in our direction. But, as most global social media campaigns, there were many surprises. These included consumers seeing the hashtag #PulseFeast and holding their own private celebrations. These “surprise” events took place in Africa, South Africa, Asia, North America, and South America. We were also fortunate to have images sent our way of children being fed pulse nutrients in Malaysia. The notion of #PulseFeast being a celebration to raise awareness of the benefits of pulses and how delicious and versatile they are, was achieved. We were trending globally on Twitter, with our hashtags showing up on the “trending now” column for hours at a time in Canada and Australia.
This is only the beginning for the celebration of pulses. We encourage everyone to continue celebrating the International Year of Pulses. By using the hashtag #LovePulses, your images, tweets, and videos will be shared on our social media hub. Join the conversation, share your pulse experiences, let’s celebrate!
Read the report:
This is my first time in Rome, so as one could imagine – I’m very excited to be here. It’s only a bonus that I get to attend such a substantial meeting on World Food Security in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The International Agri-food Network (IAFN) will be live-tweeting the event! Be sure to follow @AgriFoodNet and @UN_CFS on Twitter, and use the hashtags #B4FoodSecurity and #CFS42 to join the conversation. A list of active Twitter accounts for the delegates involved can be found here.
Follow along, and enjoy the excitement!
On Wednesday, September 16th, I was given the opportunity to go to Ag in the Classroom (AITC-M) “Amazing Ag Adventure” tour at Kelburn Farms in Manitoba. Let me begin by saying that it was an amazing experience. I’m always so thankful to be working in this industry after attending its many events. The people who work with Ag in the Classroom are upbeat, engaged, funny and so inspiring. The goal of the evening was to show how the program runs for children, in order to help them learn farming practices and how their food is grown.
The evening started at 5:00 pm, when myself and many other industry members met at Kelburn Farms located in the Red River Valley of Manitoba. We were then driven to Glenlea farm to explore the Brian D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre. Here, leaders explain the happenings behind breeding, birthing and feeding pigs; how biosecurity works and why it’s important; what are the many different nutrients which are good for the plants and crops; and finally, what foods are most grown in Manitoba, and why they are good for our health. These are lessons which benefit children by teaching them why farming and farmers are important.
The Glenlea Research farm has barns which contain mini chicken coups, dairy cows, cattle and pigs. Having real-life farmers volunteer to bring their animals to help describe their farm processes is such a valuable experience for young students. This way they’re able to see the animals up close, see how they are cared for, and learn how they are used in our food. We are told by many volunteers that a large number of the students who come through the farm have never stepped foot in a barn before, or have never seen a live cow. Bringing their food to life helps them learn to be grateful to our farmers, as well as inspires them to join the industry.
“We are so proud of this AITC-M flag ship event! What a way to learn about agriculture; Hands on, curriculum linked and interactive surrounded by authentic farm settings. This is Ag education at its very best!” says Johanne Ross, Executive Director of AITC-M. And proud she should be – Ag in the Classroom has gained much appreciation over the years with their many volunteers, programs and events. It’s a nation-wide program, with AITC organizations in each province.
If you are a teacher, or if you know a teacher, I encourage you to check out the many programs featured on their website. AITC-M is a non-profit organization supported by sponsors and members who share the same dream of inspiring young students with agriculture. Children are the future of farming, which is why ag-education is so important!
Bob Anderson, Robynne’s father, is a long-time oat grower from Dugald, Manitoba, and the President of the Manitoba Oats Growers Association (MOGA). He was recently interviewed by the Western Producer regarding the formative years of POGA, which were “un-rich at the beginning”, but the organization has now grown to be prairie wide and is known for their effectiveness in discussing industry issues. Their national presence has been a great asset resulting in a credible voice to lobby government, build relationships within the industry, and attain research money.
POGA is important because it provides a valuable voice to farmers throughout the country and it engages with all sectors of the industry. Compromise is an important aspect of this organization, as each member does their part for the betterment of the whole industry. Farmers and industry both have to be in agreement with each other in order for it work. It’s a family working through the kinks as they are presented, which is why it’s important to listen to the voices of each member big or small.
With that, picture me – a young woman fresh in the industry – driving along the TransCanada highway with an experienced farmer, asking questions as simple as, “What is this crop?” and “What do you mean milkweed isn’t a dairy product?” It was my small questioning voice being answered by Bob’s big knowledgeable voice.
By the time we reached Regina, I felt like I had studied through 4 years of an Ag degree at the University of Manitoba. The trip was incredible, a two day drive with a layover in Swift Current. I learnt about leafy spurge, how to identify crops, the process of seeding to harvesting, as well as fun trivia about the damaging effects of salinity in farmers’ fields. We had driven along the highway, and taken detours through the Qu’Appelle Valley. Bob taught me about the agricultural history of the Valley, and I explained the story behind naming a place the French term “Who calls”.
The diversity in agricultural land between provinces is incredible. It was still early in the season, so I was able to witness crops in the beginning of their growth cycle. This not only made it more difficult to differentiate them for me, but it also made it a fun and factual highway trivia game. Now, sitting in my Winnipeg home office, I can’t help but encourage others to take advantage of driving across Canada, and I can’t wait for the day I end up at a conference out East with Bob and he needs company on his drive back to Manitoba. My first question for that drive is “why did the potato cross the road?”