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Helping define the global Columbia University

by |February 11th, 2015

On December 8, Pedro Sanchez, director, hosted a Town Hall at the Lamont campus to discuss “what is a global university, and, in particular, what is a global Columbia” with the Lamont community. Pedro hosted the meeting as a member of the University Forum on Global Columbia that is conducting a series of forums, town… read more

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The AgCenter in Peru

by |February 11th, 2015

Cheryl Palm, director of research, and Pedro Sanchez, director, recently traveled to Peru for the 20th Annual Latin American Soil Science Congress and the 16th Annual Peruvian Soil Science Congress, both held in Peru in November. They presented three keynote addresses at the meetings. They also traveled to their old tropical rainforest research site in… read more

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How should we measure nutritional diversity of national food supplies?

by |February 11th, 2015

Roseline Remans and Stephen A. Wood co-authored an article, with several others, called Measuring nutritional diversity of national food supplies. The article appeared in Global Food Security (Volume 3, Issues 3–4, November 2014). The  issue was  devoted to the First Annual Global Food Security conference held in 2013.

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Pedro Sanchez authors new article on Africa’s agricultural transformation

by |February 11th, 2015

Pedro Sanchez, director, recently had an article published in Nature Plants (Vol 1.1). The article —  “En route to plentiful food production in Africa” – discusses the agricultural transformation currently underway in sub-Saharan Africa. Sanchez explains: “Low crop productivity, hunger and pessimism are being replaced by a rapid rise in food production, an increasingly vibrant… read more

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The AgCenter welcomes Chris P. Lambe as our new Director of Strategic Initiatives

by |February 11th, 2015

The AgCenter welcomes Chris P. Lambe as the Director of Strategic Initiatives; he also chairs the Center’s Advisory Board. Chris brings a wealth of experience to the AgCenter and will help develop multilateral partnerships with diverse range of actors and identifies key opportunities for growth.  Chris is a Special Advisor to the United Nations Global… read more

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Africa will help feed 9 billion in 2050

by |November 5th, 2014

Africa will help feed 9 billion in 2050: Read the recent article by Pedro Sanchez published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation: /www.trust.org/item/20141031161057-08qhc/

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Johann Six of ETH Zurich gives seminar on sustainable agroecosystems

by |November 5th, 2014

Johan Six, of ETH Zurich, The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich), presented a seminar titled “Elucidating sustainable agroecosystems across scales and disciplines” on November 3. Dr. Six received his PhD in Soil Science in 1998 from Colorado State University. His PhD research was conducted at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL)…. read more

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Pedro Sanchez hosts panel at World Food Prize: Watch the video

by |November 5th, 2014

Pedro Sanchez attended the World Food Prize, where he moderated the session on “Soil Health & The Fertilizer Gap,” which included presentations by Esin Mete, Ruth Oniano’o, Amit Roy, Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, and Xinping Chen. Watch the video of the panel here: goo.gl/wWR4ZO For more information on the World Food Prize, see here: http://www.worldfoodprize.org/

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AgCenter co-hosts conference on agricultural risk at Princeton

by |November 5th, 2014

On October 24-25, Pedro Sanchez co-hosted and directed the conference “Systemic Risk in Global Agriculture.” The conference, which was a joint Princeton-Columbia conference held at Princeton University, looked at uncertainties in agriculture systems. Pedro Sanchez gave a presentation on “Soil degradation and food security.” Cheryl Palm also spoke at the conference on “Rural livelihoods, land… read more

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Influencing policy debates: AgCenter in the CGIAR Development Dialogues and more

by |October 1st, 2014

On September 24, Cheryl Palm was a panelist in the Colloquium on Forests and Climate: New Thinking for Transformational Change sponsored by IRI, the Center for Environmental Sustainability, the Center for International Forestry Research, and the Earth Institute. The half-day event intended to stimulate new thinking on how to tackle climate change and related socio-environmental… read more

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