Food and Agriculture Events

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China’s Quest for Safe + Secure Food: Boon for U.S. Business?

September 30, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
Lester Brown (Earth Policy Institute) will talk about rapid shifts in food production and consumption in China that are threatening the country’s food security and changing global food markets. Amy Celico (Albright Stonebridge Group) will discuss how the gaps in oversight of food producers and growing water and soil contamination are opening up new opportunities for U.S.-China business and policy collaboration.
Webcast

What’s Next? Celebrating 20 Years of the Environmental Change and Security Program

September 18, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Global crises like the Ebola outbreak force us to consider what “security” really means, said Sharon Burke, senior advisor for the New America Foundation. “Is security getting our kids to school and food on the table…or are you talking about military security and defense threats that require a weapon to counter?”

Dealing with a Toxic Legacy: Soil Pollution in China

September 18, 2014 // 9:00am10:30am
China Environment Forum
At this meeting Isabel Hilton (chinadialogue) will draw on new chinadialogue reporting on the causes and impacts of soil pollution in Hunan and other provinces. She will also highlight some of the researchers and NGOs investigating and promoting transparency on soil pollution. Qing Wang (World Bank) will discuss new World Bank projects that focus on soil clean-up of industrial sites across China and helping industrial parks better manage their waste.
Webcast

Preempting Environmental and Human Security Crises in Africa: Science-Based Planning for Climate Variability Threats

August 20, 2014 // 10:00am1:00pm
Africa Program
Development and poverty reduction are inextricably linked to the water, energy and security nexus in Africa. There was some consensus that the impact of climate variability and extreme climate events depends not only on the severity of the crisis, but also on the vulnerability of the affected population – which is correlated with the level of development along with governance and other socio-cultural factors. Just as poverty can put communities at an increased level of vulnerability, so can sustainable development lead to improvements in climate-resilience and human security.
Webcast

Migration of Central American Minors: Causes and Solutions

July 24, 2014 // 11:30am12:30pm
Latin American Program
Foreign Ministers of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala discuss the regional perspective to the humanitarian crisis and unaccompanied minors.
Webcast

Environmental Dimensions of Sustainable Recovery: Learning From Post-Conflict & Disaster Response

June 25, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Environmental Change and Security Program
“Environmental specialists need to change,” said Anita van Breda at the Wilson Center on June 25. “In the new normal, our work has to have a different relevancy.”
Webcast

Why Do People Move? Research on Environmental Migration Coming of Age

May 14, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
When she finished her dissertation on migration as a response to climate change in 2003, it was one of only a handful of scholarly papers published on the topic that year, said Susana Adamo, an associate research scientist at Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network. But in the decade since, interest in climate migration has exploded – in 2012, more than 10 times as many papers were published.
Webcast

Land Restitution, Gender Equity, and Rural Development in Colombia

May 09, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
Colombia’s 2011 Victims and Land Restitution Law is an historic piece of legislation that seeks to redress victims of forced displacement in rural areas and formalize land rights for those who want to return to their properties. As a mechanism of transitional justice, the Law places the victims of conflict at the center of state activity. It also provides a series of positive measures to address the historic and conflict-related discrimination that women victims have experienced when attempting to reclaim their land. Does the Law accomplish these goals and secure gender-equitable property rights for victims of violence?
Webcast

Choke Point: India -- A Wilson Center-Circle of Blue Joint Initiative

April 02, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
On April 2, Circle of Blue and the Wilson Center present the findings of their Choke Point: India initiative, an exploration into the water-energy-food confrontations in the world’s second most populous country.
Podcast

Surf and Turf: Environmental and Social Impacts of China’s Growing Seafood and Pork Consumption

March 25, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
Increasingly prosperous consumers in China are consuming fewer food grains and demanding more dairy, fruits, vegetables, meat, and seafood. Speakers will discuss the major ecological and supply chain trends in the China’s seafood and pork industries.

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