The State of the World 2011 report will be made public during a symposium livestreamed on the Internet on Wednesday, January 19th starting at 1:30PM EST in Washington DC.
The symposium panel will not only discuss the State of the Earth, but also a range of sustainable responses to current conditions. Agricultural development has come to a crossroads. Nearly a half-century after the Green Revolution a large share of the human family is still chronically hungry. At the same time, investments in agricultural development by governments, international lenders, and foundations are at historic lows.
Recently, a new generation of innovative approaches to food production and hunger alleviation has emerged from farmers groups, private voluntary organizations, universities, and agribusiness companies.
The free, online symposium features a lineup of speakers won the theme of environmentally sustainable agriculture practices. They will explore what they envision as the steps required to create a sustainable food system. The speakers include :
-Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
-David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
-Hans Herren, President, Millennium Institute
-Christopher Flavin, President, Worldwatch Institute
-Sara Scherr, President and CEO, Ecoagriculture Partners
-Edward Mukiibi, Co-founder and Project Coordinator, Developing Innovations in School Cultivation (DISC), Uganda
-Sithembile Ndema, Natural Resources and Environment Manager, Food and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), South Africa
-Meera Shekar, Lead Health & Nutrition Specialist with the Human Development Network at the World Bank
-Stephanie Hanson, Director of Policy and Outreach, One Acre Fund
Ana Sofia Joanes wrote: “The Call of the Land provides an incredibly thorough guide for all interested in discovering or further understanding the changes that are taking shape across the country.
“In The Call of the Land, a surprisingly compact little book, Steven McFadden managed to assemble a meticulous overview of the people, places, and concepts in what he coined the ‘Agrarian Renewal.’
“When reading through this compact little book, you will be amazed by the diversity and vision embodied in the movement so thoroughly and vividly painted/ described by Steven McFadden.”
Meanwhile, in a Great Plains monthly magazine, Nature’s Companion, Master Gardener Carol Evans Lynch offered a full review of The Call of the Land. She wrote “…a sourcebook is exactly what it is. McFadden has assembled a collection of information that promotes the growth of locally grown, sustainable food through an agrarian lifestyle…
“…The Call of the Land offers the vision of a pathway for a 21st Century paradigm shift that many feel will be necessary for sustainable, reliable, environmentally friendly food production in the future.”