A Look Back at 2012 Water for Food Conference Industry Leaders Panel

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Jess Raikes at the 2012 Water For Food Conference

The following post is part of a series in anticipation of our March 20 panel “Too Hot, Too Wet, Too Dry: Building Resilient Agroecosystems” in Washington, D.C., co-hosted with the Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska. Please join us!

Worldwide changes in weather patterns are adding to the challenge of feeding a growing global population.

Record droughts and floods have an immediate impact on food production, and developing countries are at greatest risk due to the lack of technologies that can help counter the impacts of unpredictable weather patterns.

Accordingly, agricultural resiliency in the face of climate change is now the focus of experts and policy makers around the world.

In anticipation of next month’s panel, we are taking a look back at the 2012 Water for Food Conference Industry Leaders Panel to reflect on the ideas presented by executives from Global Harvest Initiative member companies on water, agriculture, and climate change.

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.”

“While water is a challenge for the entire world, it’s going to be felt most acutely by the world’s poorest farming families.”

— 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.”

“One of the reports of the Global Harvest Initiative has shown the importance of private sector investment in order to fill the investment gap that’s going to be needed to get increased productivity.”

“I’m optimistic that going forward we’re going to see the public and private sectors really trying to work together for more sustainable solutions, always keeping the farmer in the center.”

— 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,
Board Chair, Global Harvest Initiative

“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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