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Thursday, October 16 • 7:00am - 8:30am
No Ordinary Matter: A prelude to a Montpellier Panel Report on Enhancing Africa’s Soils

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Soils are primarily responsible for providing water and nutrients to crops and animals. When unable to provide these services to their full capacity, crops, animals and the farmers who depend on them suffer. The reverse is also true. Restoring, conserving and enhancing soils can improve crop productivity and the resource base on which farmers depend. As a natural resource however, soil is undervalued and neglected both physically and politically. Land degradation now affects an estimated one-third of the earth’s land area and 3.2 billion people. Developing countries and smallholder farmers are affected most severely.

Experts from the Montpellier Panel and soil sciences discuss why soil must become a global priority – from the Sustainable Development Goals to CAADP plans – and why integrated soil management for the 21st century must embrace sustainable intensification to produce climate smart soils.

  • Gordon Conway, Director of Agriculture for Impact and Professor of International Development, Imperial College London
  • Ruth O’Niango. Editor-in-Chief and Founder of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND)
  • Ramadjita Tabo, Director, Regional Hub West and Central Africa, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
  • Jerry Glover, Senior Sustainable Agricultural Systems Advisor, USAID
  • Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, Ohio State University
Space is limited. Please RSVP to emily@ag4impact.org

Speakers
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Sir Gordon Conway

Professor of International Development, Imperial College London
Gordon Conway is a pioneer of sustainable agriculture developed integrated pest management programs for the State of Sabah in Malaysia. He joined Imperial College in 1970 setting up the Centre for Environmental Technology in 1976. In the 1970s and 1980s he lived and worked extensively in Asia and the Middle East, for the Ford Foundation, World Bank and USAID. He directed the Sustainable Agriculture Programme at IIED and became representative of... Read More →
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Dr. Ruth Oniang’o

Chair, Sasakawa Africa Association
Ruth Oniang’o was formerly a professor of Food Science and Nutrition at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Nairobi, Kenya. She was the first nutrition professor in Kenya and one of the first woman professors in nutrition throughout sub-Saharan AfricaOniang’o founded Rural Outreach Africa, a grassroots-based development organization connecting research with rural communities. She is also the founder and... Read More →


Thursday October 16, 2014 7:00am - 8:30am
Cedar Rapids Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

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