Inaugural Seminar 2013

The Agriculture and Food Security Center

Inaugural Seminar: The Nexus of Agriculture, Environment and Livelihoods

The Earth Institute | Columbia University
The Rotunda, Low Memorial Library
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027

September 10, 2013

8:45 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Greetings

Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University and Professor of Law
Columbia University

9:05 a.m. Welcome

Steve Cohen, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
The Earth Institute, Columbia University

9:10 a.m. Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Pedro Sanchez, Director
Agriculture and Food Security Center
The Earth Institute, Columbia University

 9:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Akinwumi Adesina
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
Federal Republic of Nigeria

9:55 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Discussion

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Agriculture at Columbia University

John H. Coatsworth
Provost, Columbia University

10:35 a.m. PANEL I – Strategy of the Agriculture and Food Security Center

  •  Chris Lambe, Director, Social Responsibility, The Mosaic Company Foundation (moderator)
  •  Agriculture and Food Security Center’s Vision and Strategy: Pedro Sanchez, Director, Agriculture and Food Security Center, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Focusing on the Linkages: Cheryl Palm, Senior Research Scientist and Director of Research, Agriculture and Food Security Center, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Nutrition Links: Richard Deckelbaum, Robert R. Williams Professor of Nutrition in Pediatrics, Director, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Environment Links: Ruth DeFries, Chair, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University

11:20 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. Discussion

11:35 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. PANEL II – Regional Challenges for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Linda J. Fisher, Vice President, Health Safety and Environment, Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont (moderator)
  • Asia Perspective: Jagdish K. Ladha, Principal Scientist, Soil and Agronomy Research, Representative for India and Nepal, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
  • Latin America Perspective: Walter Baethgen, Leader, Latin American and Caribbean Program, International Research Institute for Climate & Society (IRI), The Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Africa Perspective: Bocary Kaya, National Project Coordinator (Mali), MDG Centre of West and Central Africa, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • U.S. Perspective: Tom Tomich, WK Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems: University of California, Davis
  • Research Institution Perspective: Christopher Neill, Senior Scientist and Director, The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory

12:20 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. Discussion

12:35 p.m. Lunch

 1:30 p.m. Simultaneous Demonstration of Tools and Technologies
Location: The Faculty Room

  • African Soil and Information Service (AfSIS): Markus G. Walsh, Senior Research Scientist, Landscape Ecology, Agriculture and Food Security Center, The Earth Institute, Columbia University and Sonya Ahamed, Senior Staff Associate for Research, Center for International Earth Science Information Network, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • SoilDoc: Ray Weil, Professor, Environmental Science and Technology, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland; Lydiah Gatere, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Agriculture and Food Security Center, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; and Roger Wong, Designer, Modi Research Group, Columbia University
  • Nitrogen Fertilizer Production in the Field: Klaus Lackner, Ewing-Worzel Professor of Geophysics, Director, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, The Earth Institute, Columbia University and Diego Villareal, Ph.D. student, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Using Remote Sensing to Monitor Agricultural Intensification – with Links to Livelihoods, Gary Watmough, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Agriculture and Food Security Center, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Vital Signs: Cheryl Palm, Senior Research Scientist and Director of Research, Agriculture and Food Security Center, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Mark Musumba, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Agriculture and Food Security Center, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; and Kyle DeRosa, Agricultural and Socioeconomic Coordinator, Agriculture and Food Security Center, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Global Food Security Index: Eric Minuskin, Account Director, Ogilvy Public Relations

2:15 p.m. PANEL III – Integrating Agricultural Data: Collect, Analyze, Disseminate

  • Marc Levy, Deputy Director, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) (moderator)
  • Dan Bena, Senior Director, Operations Development, PepsiCo
  • Molly Jahn, Professor, Laboratory of Genetics and Department of Agronomy, Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Sustainability Sciences, Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Vijay Modi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director, Modi Research Group, Columbia University
  • Stanley Wood, Senior Program Officer, Agricultural Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Discussion

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. PANEL IV – Overall Discussion

  • John Dyson, Founder and Chair, Millbrook Capital Management Company (moderator)
  • Jerry M. Melillo, Senior Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Ecosystems Center, Woods Hole
  • Gerald A. Steiner, Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, Monsanto Company
  • Victor Chude, Head, Agricultural Productivity Enhancement, National Programme for Food Security. Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria
  • Glenn Denning, Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs, (SIPA), Director, Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development

4:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. Closing Remarks

Jeffrey Sachs, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University

Sean C. Solomon, Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Reception follows in the Faculty Room