The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) October 2020 Events
USAID and the Indo-Pacific Strategy: COVID-19 Disruptions and Next Steps
Thursday Oct 1st 8:30-9:30am ET
In addition to the damages to public health, Covid-19 is projected to have grave repercussions for the Indo-Pacific region’s education, employment, food security and poverty, and in some cases, even governance and political stability. This webinar will bring together experts from government, NGOs, and the private sector to analyze how USAID can fine-tune its development approach to accomplish the broad objectives of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Tapping into Markets for Farm and Forest Carbon Solutions
Thursday Oct 1st 8:30-9:30am ET
Please join the Bipartisan Policy Center for a special morning coffee chat with Sens. Mike Braun (R-IN) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to discuss their legislative priorities in the Growing Climate Solutions Act and the Rural Forest Markets Act of 2020. Recognizing the role of the agriculture and forestry sectors as a critical climate solution, these bills create opportunities for U.S. producers and forest landowners to better access private markets for carbon and environmental credits.
Global Food Supply Chains: An Early Assessment of COVID-19 Impacts
Friday Oct 2nd 9:00-10:15am ET
COVID-19 caused a multitude of food systems-wide shocks, including disruptions to global food supply chains. This news makes headlines, but what is the true extent of these disruptions? Are these disruptions to blame for rising rates of food insecurity in the Covid-19 pandemic? And what can we expect if Covid-19 cases surge once more?
183rd BIFAD Public Meeting – Agricultural Growth, Economic Transformation, and the Journey to Self-Reliance: Implications for USAID Programming
Tuesday, Oct 13th 1:00-3:30pm ET
The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), an advisory committee to USAID, will convene a public meeting to better understand the concept of economic transformation—how underdeveloped and agrarian-based countries shift from subsistence agriculture to a commercially oriented economy with diverse agricultural, manufacturing, and service sectors—and how it contributes to a country’s resilience to shocks, such as COVID-19, and its progression toward self-reliance. Authors of a BIFAD-commissioned study will share preliminary findings and lessons learned on emerging success stories in agricultural and economic transformation and will discuss the implications of this evidence for USAID’s agricultural and food security development and social safety net priorities and programming.
Addressing Food Insecurity and Poor Nutrition During COVID-19
Wednesday Oct 14th 10:00-11:30AM ET
Due to COVID-19, individuals are facing unprecedented challenges in accessing affordable, nutritious foods. The economic downturn coupled with unanticipated job loss has forced millions of Americans to turn to food banks and food assistance programs, such as SNAP, for the first time ever. Concurrently, research shows that people with obesity and diet-related diseases like diabetes and cancer who contract COVID-19 have worse outcomes, further highlighting the importance of ensuring access to nutritious foods. As the pandemic and corresponding economic challenges continue, private sector investment and government leadership are critical.
World Food Prize Side Event | Building More Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems for Improved
Global Food Security and Nutrition
Thursday Oct 15th 11:00am ET
Five years after the world committed to end hunger, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition, we are significantly off track to achieve this objective by 2030. If we are to realize these targets before the end of this decade, we need to urgently build far more resilient and sustainable food systems to provide healthy, safe, affordable, sufficient and nutritious food for a rapidly growing planet. This shift will also enable us to better withstand and recover from shocks such as COVID-19, to conserve our finite natural resources and to more effectively mitigate the effects of a changing climate.