Food and Agriculture Events

Permanently Besieged: Agrarian Uzbeks and the Conundrum of Independence

January 17, 2013 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Russell Zanca, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northeastern Illinois University, depicts the cultural changes and continuities that have occurred as a result of Uzbekistan's recent political independence from the Soviet Union. This case study examines how the agrarian population has faced unremitting material hardships, brutal state repression, leaving the major opportunity for the youth and able-bodied has been either migration to cities or to countries abroad.
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Africa Can Help Feed Africa: Removing Regional Barriers to Trade in Food Staples

January 09, 2013 // 2:30pm4:00pm
Africa Program
This discussion highlighted new research which suggested that the continent could generate an extra US$20 billion in yearly earnings if African leaders can agree to dismantle trade barriers that blunt more regional dynamism.
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Transboundary Environmental Security in the Mekong River Basin

December 06, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
Existing, planned and under construction dams in the Mekong River Basin look like domino game. Dams are but one major pressure on ecosystems in the basin, where resource provision and water management are increasing and projected to worsen over the next several decades. Many of these issues cross state borders and the data are clear: state unilateralism cannot solve transboundary problems.
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Book Launch: The Global Farms Race -- Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Former Soviet Union

December 04, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Asia Program
The launch of a new book on arguably one of the world's most underreported trends: The acquisition, by nations and private investors, of vast expanses of precious farmland overseas.
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So-Called Land Grabs in the Global South: Reality and Repercussions?

November 28, 2012 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Africa Program
This event was a frank conversation regarding the positive and negative aspects of these deals on the macro and micro level in Sub-Saharan Africa, considering 70% of contemporary large-scale land acquisitions are based in this region.

The Aga Khan Rural Support Program and the Role of Civil Society in Pakistan

November 08, 2012 // 9:00am10:15am
Asia Program
A discussion with a top official from one of Pakistan's most respected development organizations.
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Promoting Responsible Agricultural Investments in Africa

October 22, 2012 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Africa Program
Increased interest in public and private investments in the African agricultural sector has raised concern over how such investments will benefit smallholder farmers. This discussion will explore how best to develop “responsible investments” that are profitable for international private investors as well as for local farmers, businesses and governments.
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Gender Equity, Health, and Cultural Tensions in the Amazon

October 22, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Poverty in Latin America has become increasingly “feminized,” said John Coonrod, executive vice president of The Hunger Project, at the Wilson Center on October 22. As a result, many governments and NGOs are starting to focus on the needs of women, especially indigenous women. And yet discussions about gender equity, cultural differences, and ethnicity are still uncommon, said Brandeis University professor Cristina Espinosa.
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Beyond Seven Billion: Reporting on Population, Environment, and Security

October 09, 2012 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
“When I embarked on this series, I approached it as an environmental reporter: What does a growing number of us and growing consumption mean for our planet?” said Los Angeles Times reporter Ken Weiss at the Wilson Center on October 9. Weiss, along with photographer Rick Loomis, recently completed a five-part series and multimedia presentation on global population that was the culmination of a year of research and travel through more than six countries.
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Green Urbanization in Asia

August 29, 2012 // 9:00am10:30am
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
The number of people moving into Asian cities is historically unprecedented. Millions of people are rapidly migrating into the cities, and the number of megacities and areas with extremely high population densities is rising. This trend is expected to continue as a relatively low share of Asia's population still lives in urban areas. Download the report or read a summary of the event here!

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