We are looking for a dynamic and motivated protocol officer to be based in Rome.
This role aims at coordinating delegations of representatives who come to attend events that are implemented vis-à-vis United Nations Rome-Based Agencies.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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!
With a month of experience at Emerging ag now under my belt, I’m finally starting to grasp the magnitude of the projects which we work with. Having just completed my undergraduate degree, I can’t help but feel exceptionally grateful to be working alongside such a wonderful and dedicated team.
Working through a virtual office is nothing new to me, as this is something that I was able to do in my previous job with Parks Canada. However, working in a virtual office with an international team is incredibly different and gives me the opportunity to relocate whenever and wherever I wish. Having this freedom changes the feel of a job completely, as you never feel restricted in one city or time-zone. As long as you can communicate with your team, the world becomes one large neighborhood.
There are so many benefits to an international business, as that gives contact points to clients in every time-zone. We are no longer restricted to a 9 – 5 day, which helps work flow and company efficiency. The only difference is what you set as a priority during the morning compared to during the afternoon so that you are able to work with certain team members without a 12 hour delay. A simple change, which I have easily adopted.
The largest change for me has been the global impact of the issues we work with. I’m able to apply my creative processes to topics which influence policy and stakeholders. Working in the agri-business is something that I have grown to have high respect for, as my family has worked in the industry for many generations.
Now finally being able to contribute to a family dinner conversation which relies heavily on agricultural acronyms is an opportunity which I’m very excited about. The greatest advice I’ve ever received was: “it is not the university degree you have, but what you do with it” – and I can’t wait to see where Emerging ag takes me.