Media Advisory: Worldwatch Institute's State Of The World 2011 Launches In India – February 17-18, 2011
February 11, 2011: Report Shows Agriculture Innovation Is Key to Reducing Poverty
When: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 5-6.30pm, Ahmedabad
Friday, February 18, 2011, 6-7.30pm, New Delhi
Who: Danielle Nierenberg, Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute, and co-Project
Director, Nourishing the Planet (www.NourishingthePlanet.org)
Where: Centre for Environment Education, Thaltej Tekra, Ahmedabad
& Conference Room III, India International Centre (Annexe)
Max Muller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, 110003
RSVP: Amanda Stone, (+1) 202-452-1999 x514,
Purvi Vyas (+91) 79 2685-8011,
Kiran Chhokar (+91) 99 9962 0955,
, New Delhi
At a time when nearly 1 billion people worldwide are hungry and investments in agricultural development are only gradually beginning to recover in the wake of the global recession, governments, policymakers, nongovernmental organizations, and the donor community need to commit to longstanding support for the world's farmers. In India, farmers make up roughly 60 percent of the population and may hold the key to unlocking the subcontinent's untapped agricultural potential to feed the future.
Worldwatch Institute's State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet draws from the world's leading agricultural experts and from hundreds of innovations that are already working on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa to outline 15 proven, environmentally sustainable prescriptions for alleviating hunger and poverty. The book, which was officially released in the United States on January 12, will be launched in Ahmedabad, India, on February 17 and in New Delhi on February 18, with launch events organized by our partner organization, Centre for Environment Education.
Worldwatch Senior Researcher and co-Project Director Danielle Nierenberg will be in India for the launch events. Nierenberg spent the last year researching on the ground in over 25 countries in Africa and will present key findings from her trip and the report, including a roadmap for agricultural investment in successful projects that can prevent food waste, build resilience to climate change, and strengthen farming in cities.
While in India, Nierenberg will participate as a rapporteur in the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) conference "Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition & Health." She will also meet with a variety of agriculture stakeholders-including the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA), in addition to farmers, farmer groups, local nonprofit organizations, environmental reporters, and government agencies-to share the findings of State of the World 2011 and to investigate innovations already working on the ground in India.
State of the World 2011 is being released at a time when many global hunger and food security initiatives-such as the Obama administration's Feed the Future program, the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)-need critical guidance to scale up agricultural investments.
Since the mid-1980s, when agricultural funding was at its height, agriculture's share of global development aid has fallen from over 16 percent to just 4 percent today. Given current economic conditions, investments are not likely to increase in the coming year. Much of the recently pledged funding has yet to be raised or to reach the poor farmers of Africa and Asia. With a large share of the human family still chronically hungry nearly a half-century after the Green Revolution, it is clear that existing funding is not being targeted effectively. Guidance is needed to direct investments toward projects that are already working and that could be replicated or scaled up in regions around the world.
Over the coming year, the findings of Worldwatch's Nourishing the Planet project will be shared with agricultural stakeholders in more than 20 languages.
For a review copy of State of the World 2011, more information, or to schedule 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.