Worldwatch Institute's 15th Annual State of the World Symposium in Washington – January 19, 2011
Worldwatch Institute's 15th Annual State of the World Symposium in Washington, D.C.
Event will explore the innovative next steps required to create a sustainable food system and end hunger and poverty
When: Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Briefing 1:30-5 PM; Reception 5-6:30 PM
Who: Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
Hans Herren, President, Millennium Institute
Sara Scherr, President and CEO, Ecoagriculture Partners
Edward Mukiibi, Co-founder and Project Coordinator, Developing Innovations in School
Cultivation (DISC), Uganda
Sithembile Ndema, Natural Resources and Environment Programme Manager, Food and
Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), South Africa
Stephanie Hanson, Director of Poilcy and Outreach, One Acre Fund
Catherine Alston, Cocoa Livelihoods Program Coordinator, World Cocoa Foundation
Christopher Flavin, President, Worldwatch Institute
Danielle Nierenberg, Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute, and co-Project
Director, Nourishing the Planet (www.NourishingthePlanet.org)
Where: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
RSVP: Amanda Stone, (+1) 202-452-1999 x514,
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PLEASE NOTE: For press who are unable to attend in-person, we will stream the symposium live at www.NourishingthePlanet.org. You must have a Flash Player 9 or newer to watch the event. For more info, please contact Amanda Stone at
Washington, DC-On Wednesday, January 19, the Worldwatch Institute's 15th Annual State of the World 2011 Symposium will bring together leading thinkers around agricultural development, hunger, and poverty alleviation. The symposium occurs concurrently with the release of Worldwatch's flagship publication, State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet,and will report on findings that outline15 proven, environmentally sustainable prescriptions for alleviating hunger and poverty.
Keynote speakers and panelists include Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World; Hans Herren, President, Millennium Institute; Sara Scherr, President and CEO, Ecoagriculture Partners; Catherine Alston, Cocoa Livelihoods Program Coordinator, World Cocoa Foundation; and Stephanie Hanson, Director of Policy and Outreach, One Acre Fund.
Also participating will be two on-the-ground innovators from sub-Saharan Africa: Edward Mukiibi, co-founder and Project Coordinator of Developing Innovations in School Cultivation (DISC) in Uganda, and Sithembile Ndema with the Food and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) in South Africa. The DISC project instills greater environmental awareness and understanding of nutrition, indigenous vegetables, and food culture in Uganda's youth by establishing food gardens at preschool, day, and boarding schools. FANRPAN's Women Accessing Realigned Markets (WARM) project recently launched a series of Theatre for Policy Advocacy (TPA) campaigns in rural Malawi, using an interactive model to strengthen the ability of women farmers to advocate for appropriate agricultural policies and programs.
The findings of Worldwatch's Nourishing the Planet project were gathered over the course of a year spent researching on the ground in 25 sub-Saharan African countries. These findings will be shared in over 20 languages with a wide range of global agricultural stakeholders, including government ministries, policymakers, farmer and community networks, and the increasingly influential nongovernmental environmental and development communities.
For a review copy of State of the World 2011, for more information, or to schedule author interviews, contact: Amanda Stone at (+1) 202-452-1999 x514, or
About the Worldwatch Institute
Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C., that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues. The Institute's State of the World report is published annually in more than 20 languages. For more information, visit www.worldwatch.org.