Just got word today that I’m headed to St. Louis next week to help cover the World Agricultural Forum’s Sixth Biennial World Congress, “Our Global Priority: Food Security—Financial, Trade and Technical Services,” for ZimmComm New Media, mostly on our sister Web site, AgWired.com.
For Domestic Fuel followers, there is plenty going on at the forum, especially in the sustainability field:
The 2009 World Congress will seek solutions to issues around agricultural production and supply, rising food costs, the crucial resource of water, and the impacts on agricultural economies and resources during a period of unprecedented financial uncertainties on a global scale. Defining strategies and creating solutions will require a better understanding of the drivers and challenges of agriculture and food production including labour, rising prices, shrinking sources of credit, leveraging of innovation and technology, creation of incentives for production and higher productivity, and reducing the impact of input costs to farmers. Each sector — government, private and private-public partnerships and civil society (NGOs) will be challenged to provide a road map to success by addressing the crucial issues of safe, affordable and reliable supplies of food, fuel, fiber and water.
If you’re in the St. Louis area on Tuesday, May 19th, check out the session entitled Food Security: An Integrated Approach to Biofuels. The session will be moderated by Henk Joos, Plant Science and Agronomy Director, D1 Oils and feature panelists Smt. Radha Singh, Former Secretary, Department of Agriculture, from India; Lee Broughton, Director, Corporate Sustainability, Enterprise; Ernie Shea, Project Coordinator, 25 X ’25; and Prof. Nuhu Hatibu, CEO, Kilimo Trust, East Africa.
Should be a pretty interesting conversation. Both Cindy and I will be providing coverage for the event, May 17-20. We’ll either see you there at the St. Louis Ballpark Hilton Hotel in downtown St. Louis or over on AgWired.com!