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Farm Journal Forum to Feature Panel
Moderated by Roger Thurow
The Farm Journal Foundation announced today that Roger Thurow will moderate a panel on "Modernizing Agriculture in the Developing World" at the 2012 Farm Journal Forum. Thurow is a Senior Fellow on Global Agriculture and Food Policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and author of "Enough: Why the World's Poor Starve in an Age of Plenty" and "The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Chane." Read More.

Farmers Feeding the World
Co-Hosts Hunger and Agriculture Briefing
The Farm Journal Foundation's Farmers Feeding the World initiative co-hosted an agriculture briefing with the Alliance to End Hunger in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 9. The purpose of the briefing was to introduce new members of the Alliance, many of whom have roots in agriculture, to the existing membership and to share the myriad of innovative ways the agriculture community is fighting hunger. Farmers Feeding the World joined the Alliance in March 2012. Read More.

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November 2012

December 5-6: 14th Farm Journal Forum: "The Election's Impact on Modern Agriculture's Ability to Feed the World." Located at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington, D.C. Register at: www.farmjournalforum.com.

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Farm Bill Still Has a Shot
Source: Politico

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said on Nov. 15 that he had been assured by Speaker John Boehner that the farm bill remains part of the year-end "big picture" for Republicans and the promise of $35 billion savings over 10 years "has gotten somebody's attention." Read More.

McGovern, Lifelong Backer of Farmers and Hungry,
Dead at 90

Source: Agri-Pulse
George McGovern, former congressman and U.S. senator from South Dakota, 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, Food for Peace director in the Kennedy administration and U.S. ambassador to the UN food and agriculture agencies in Rome under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, died on Oct. 21 at a hospice in Sioux Falls, S.D. He was 90. Read More.

Food Activists Look to Other States
After Failed California Measure

Source: The Sacramento Bee
Organic farmers and others who backed Proposition 37 to label genetically engineered food said that failure of the measure in California won't stop similar efforts in other states. They're looking north to Washington and Oregon and east to Connecticut and Vermont. Read More.

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Revolution in African Agriculture, by Jeanne Bernick

There is a revolution of African farmers responding to improved opportunities resulting from higher global food prices and increased local demand from growing African cities.

Agricultural growth rates in Africa are exceeding the rest of the world, according to the regional economist for the Western & Central Africa division of the UN's Independent Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Following successful implementation of green revolutions in Latin America and Asia, there was a dramatic jump in productivity levels. As a result, the number of undernourished people in Asia tumbled from 41% in 1960 to 16% in 2000. And, due to the consequent drastic improvements in productivity and crop yields, disastrous famines predicted in India and China never took place.

Now, all eyes are on Africa. At a governmental level, there has been a remarkable shift in terms of prioritization of agricultural development. In 2003, Africa reached a turning point in the form of the Maputo Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security. Read More.

   
   
 

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