“Agriculture and Water are Inseparable” – Video Highlights from the 2012 Water for Food Industry Leaders Panel

Posted by on October 12th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

This is a part of a series of blog posts leading up to this year’s World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, where GHI will release its 3rd Annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report® on October 17. Please join us!

Joined by Jeff Raikes of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, executives from Global Harvest Initiative member companies addressed the importance of increasing the productivity of water use in agriculture at the 2012 Water for Food Conference Industry Leaders Panel held earlier this year in Lincoln, Nebraska. The role of water productivity in agriculture is again in focus at the upcoming 2012 World Food Prize Symposium, where Dr. Daniel Hillel has been named the 2012 World Food Prize Laureate for his innovative work in micro-irrigation.

Please click the video below to view highlights from the Industry Leaders Panel.

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 “Agriculture and water are inseparable, and so making water the key to fighting poverty and improving the lives of the world’s poorest is a particularly important issue.”

“We hope you come away with a sense of optimism that the glass is actually half-full, because we have the opportunity to work together.”

— Jeff Raikes, Chief Executive Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

“We are at a moment in time right now where the public and the private sector really have a chance to make some real impacts on productivity in developing countries, particularly Africa.”

— Natalie DiNicola, Vice President of Sustainable Agriculture Partnerships, Monsanto

“It’s easy to talk about the problem – 2050, we need more – but how are we measuring the increments that we have to get in animal production, farm production, or grain production?”

— Claudia Garcia, Senior Director, Global Corporate Affairs, Elanco, GHI Board Member

“A lot of the solutions that have been discussed have economic benefit to the growers and everyone up from the grower in the system…but at the end of the day, it needs to be economically viable.”

— Graeme Jarvis, Director, Latin America Technology Innovation Center, John Deere

“If you look at the distribution of hectares around the world, there are a lot of hectares that are in the hands of small land holders. It is imperative that the productivity of small landholders rises if we are going to meet the challenge that we have in front of us.”

— John Soper, Vice President of Crop Genetics Research and Development, DuPont Pioneer

 

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