The goal of this one-day learning event is to share key advances in the WEAI and how it has been useful to USAID, development partners, and researchers; exchange information on challenges regarding local adaptations, field implementation, and solutions that various partners have developed in response to these challenges; and obtain feedback on potential modifications. Please note that space is limited.
Paul McNamara and Brent Simpson, Project Director and Deputy Director of the USAID Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services project, will speak on the sustainable financing of extension services for scaling the adoption of agricultural innovations. The presenters will provide an overview of alternative means of offering and financing agricultural extension services and the issues surrounding the various approaches.
Following the release of Publish What You Fund's 2013 Aid Transparency Index, MCC and IGD are partnering to engage stakeholders, including the private sector, and development experts in a conversation about why more access to data is important.
Feeding the Planet will gather leaders from agriculture, business, finance, academia, NGOs, government and media alongside, from across the country to focus on game-changing innovations in global agriculture and food security. The summit will spotlight transformational and scalable developments in policy, practices and technologies and will pay special attention to the related issues of gender, climate change and urbanization.
Join the Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program to discuss business models for effective technology transfer. We will feature real-life examples of how these models are working and what obstacles and opportunities companies are facing as they sell their technologies to smallholder farmers in developing markets.
Coinciding with the 60th anniversary of Watson and Crick’s discovery of the DNA double helix, the 2013 Borlaug Dialogue will look ahead to the next century of advances in agricultural research and application and will focus on the issues that Dr. Borlaug would have viewed as critical as we strive to nourish the world’s growing population.
Join Agrilinks for an update from Rikin Gandhi, CEO of Digital Green, and a lively audience discussion. This seminar is free and open to the public. The event room is on the Mezzanine level of the Ronald Reagan Building, next to the USAID Library.
This fall semester, Peace Corps and USAID are bringing the Campus Food Security Tour to select universities around the country. The tour seeks to engage students in the greater food security and sustainable development dialogue by connecting them to top Innovation Labs across the country and introducing them to the whole of government Feed the Future initiative.
Three policy and implementation experts will provide their unique perspectives on the role policy reforms and policymakers have to play in transforming African agriculture. The panel includes Dr. Yaya Olaniran, chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and Mr. Khalid Bomba, CEO of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency.
At the September Ag Sector Council webinar, Dustin Andres of FHI 360 will discuss highlights from the just-released "Social Media Handbook for Agricultural Development Practitioners," developed under the USAID FACET project. Michael Riggs of FAO will explore his practical experience harnessing social media to build e-Agriculture.org community, which connects more than 10,000 ICT for Agriculture practitioners around the globe.
Social media presents a tremendous opportunity to increase the flow of knowledge and learning on key development issues to impact the way programs are conceived, implemented, and measured. Join Agrilinks on Thursday, September 19 at 12 p.m. EDT for an #AskAg Twitter Chat on social media for development, co-hosted with USAID Learning Lab (@LearningLab).
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah will make opening remarks, followed by the release of working group recommendations on the creation of a Feed the Future Civil Society Action Plan, and an opportunity for public comment. The meeting is free and open to the public. If you'd like to attend, register online at http://www.usaid.gov/who-we-are/organization/advisory-committee/get-involved.