Alarming new data and solutions on the productivity and sustainability of agricultural systems at the center of the next DC event | VTX

Agricultural systems are sensitive to environmental, economic and societal shocks. Recent data reveals vulnerabilities and raises concerns due to the frequency and intensity of system disruptions.

On October 4, the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences GAP initiative, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Coalition for Sustainable Productivity Growth for Food Security and Resource Conservation (Coalition SPG ) will host a hybrid event, “Accelerating Agricultural Productivity Growth for a Sustainable and Resilient World,” focused on alarming new insights and solutions to build more sustainable and resilient systems capable of addressing these present and future challenges.

Held at the National Press Club from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET, the event will feature the release of the 2022 Global Agricultural Productivity Report (GAP Report), “Problematic Trends and Systemic Shocks.” New data on global agricultural productivity unveiled in the report will show that – without quick action and long-term resolution – current efforts fall short of the scale of the agricultural challenges facing the world. The conference will also highlight concrete and proven actions underway to advance agricultural productivity growth.

Doors open for a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m. Registration is required to attend in person or online.

At the event, policymakers, private sector innovators and research leaders will discuss the need to accelerate agricultural productivity growth and concrete actions to achieve it. Guest speakers include:

  • Jewel Bronaugh, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, USDA
  • Cyril Clarke, executive vice president and provost of Virginia Tech
  • Tom Thompson, Associate Dean and CALS Global Director, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Wei Zhang, Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech
  • Jessica Agnew, Associate Director, CALS Global, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Stewart Leeth, Director of Sustainability, Smithfield Foods
  • Andrés Rodriguez, Agricultural Attaché of the Government of Chile
  • Canisius Kanangire, Executive Director, African Agricultural Technology Foundation
  • Sylvia Megret, President and CEO, ACDI/VOCA
  • Keith Fuglie, senior economist at the USDA Economic Research Service
  • Elise Golan, Director of Sustainability, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA
  • Jocelyn Brown Hall, Director, North America Liaison Office, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • François Chrétien, Acting Director of the Living Labs Division of the Agricultural Systems Resilience Office of the Science and Technology Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Sarah Brown Dirkes, Public Affairs Manager, North America, BASF Agricultural Solutions
  • Nikki Dutta, Scientific Program Manager, Food and Agriculture Research Foundation
  • Matthew Worrell, Minister-Counsellor, Agriculture, Australian Embassy in Washington, DC
  • Pierre Petelle, President, CropLife Canada
  • Christina Zola Peck, Strategic Communications Manager, International Fertilizer Development Center
  • Paul Rennie, Counselor for Global Issues, British Embassy, ​​Washington, DC
  • Tek Bahadur Sapkota, Senior Researcher (Agricultural Systems/Climate Change), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

About the GAP initiative

Virginia Tech’s Global Agricultural Productivity Initiative advocates accelerating sustainable agricultural productivity growth at all scales of production for food and nutrition security, economic development, and environmental stewardship. The GAP Initiative collaborates with private sector partners, NGOs, conservation organizations, universities and global research institutes to provide a roadmap for progress through the Global Report on Agricultural Productivity (GAP Report) and engagements with partners around the world.

About the SPG Coalition

The Coalition for Sustainable Productivity Growth for Food Security and Resource Conservation is a voluntary coalition of over 100 members drawn from national governments, private sector organizations, academic and research institutions and foundations. The goal of the SPG Coalition is to accelerate the transition to more sustainable food systems through a holistic approach to productivity growth that considers the impacts and trade-offs between multiple objectives, including, but not including limit, food security and nutrition, food affordability and accessibility. , incomes and well-being of farmers and agricultural workers, resource conservation, biodiversity, soil health, water quality, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Lana T. Arthur