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United Nations highlights: Just another “International Year”?

The Emerging team was present in Rome for today’s launch of the United Nations International Year of Soils 2015. We were especially pleased to hear from Morgane Danielou of the International Fertilizer Industry Association, who spoke on the panel to make the case for public-private partnerships in sustainable development, and a multiplicity of approaches to agricultural production.

The value of a UN ‘International Year’ was a topic of conversation sparked by the Bolivian government representative at the event, who felt very strongly that 2013’s International Year of Quinoa had a direct and positive impact on the production and export of the crop for Bolivia.

As pulse producers and traders across the world prepare for the launch of the International Year of Pulses 2016 here in Rome next year, today was a useful opportunity to see UN actors get behind such an initiative – from businesses, to the DG of FAO Jose Graziano da Silva, to NGOs and government representatives the world over.

Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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