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The International Agri-Food Network has partnered with Farming First, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Policy, the International Council for Science, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa and Nuffield Internal Farming Scholars to host “Agriculture and Food Day to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals”, which will be held at the Yale Club in New York City. The event will raise awareness of the critical need for investment in Goal 2 on ending hunger and its interlinkages with the other SDGs under focus during the High Level Political Forum being held at the United Nations in New York the same week.

Mr. Chairman, thank you for this opportunity to make a brief intervention on behalf of the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) on SDG 2.

As noted by previous speakers we have, over the past two days, engaged in a rich discussion, in the context of the Expert Group Meeting, on all aspects of this Goal which we consider pivotal to the overall achievement of the 2030 Agenda. We thank DESA, the FAO, IFAD and the WFP for their collaborative efforts that made this possible.

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Three accomplished and talented women will join the prestigious Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2017. Robynne Anderson, Patty Jones and Jean Szkotnicki will be formally inducted into the national Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Thursday, November 30, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta.

“I am personally thrilled that more Canadian women are being recognized this year for their extraordinary accomplishments in the Canadian agriculture industry,” says President Herb McLane, Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association. “This year’s three inductees have contributed to the strength and health of our industry from very different perspectives – covering the animal health sector, publishing and consulting, and livestock photography. With more than 210 inductees in the Hall of Fame, and only five of them women, it is very heartening to be recognizing the outstanding contributions these three women continue to add to the Canadian agricultural industry.”

The Cornell Alliance for Science, in close collaboration with the Global Farmer Network, is seeking nominations for a 2017 Cornell Alliance for Science Leadership Course for Farmers. The Leadership Course for Farmers is an intensive six-day (September 18–23, 2017) training course to be held in Moline, Illinois, USA. The course is designed for farmers around the world who are committed to advocating for increased access to agricultural biotechnology as a means of addressing challenges such as food security, agricultural sustainability, and climate change. This course will be taught in English.

Course Overview:

This interactive training course will focus on providing participants with the frameworks, tools, and support they need to be effective advocates for scientific innovation in their home countries. Course participants will discuss common challenges, engage in collective problem solving, and share best practices. We will take an applied approach; participants will conduct assessments of the issue landscape, hone their public speaking skills, and explore how to apply grassroots organizing, strategic relationship-building, and targeted communications to influence key stakeholder groups.

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