FP Virtual Dialogue: Farmers on the Frontier of Climate Change

July 27th, 2021

How Global Partnerships Can Drive Agriculture Innovation for a Food-Secure Future

Farmers and agriculture are at the nexus of the climate crisis. Rising temperatures and aridity and other environmental pressures pose serious threats to crop yields, grain supplies and food prices globally. Because of its sizable carbon footprint, industrial farming also is a significant driver of the climate challenge.

To protect farmers’ livelihoods and the ecosystems they rely on, and to ensure food security for humanity’s future, agriculture innovation must be a central focus of global climate action. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the most food import–dependent region in the world where these concerns are particularly acute, also are fertile ground for cutting-edge ag innovation. The U.S. and the UAE – with support from other countries – recently announced the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) initiative that prioritizes commitments, cooperation, and investment in agriculture and food system transformation. The goal of the initiative is to accelerate global agricultural innovation through increased R&D and science-based solutions to improve food security and drive economic growth.

Foreign Policy, in partnership with the Embassy of the UAE, is excited to launch a three-part event series to explore solutions for climate-smart agriculture. Our first discussion features policymakers, agricultural and environmental experts to explore innovative farming practices at the local level, as well as policy and industry efforts to reduce the climate impact of food production and help ensure a sustainable future for food and farmers.

Join the conversation online using #AgInnovation4Climate

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Event Details

July 27th, 2021

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Jaime Adams
Senior Advisor, USDA
Jaime Adams joined the Office of the Chief Scientist, Office of the Secretary, in 2011 as the Senior Advisor for International Affairs to the USDA Chief Scientist and Under Secr...
FP-Jaime Adams
Hana AlHashimi
Head of the Office of the UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change
Hana AlHashimi is Head of the Office of the UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change, H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber. Previously, she led the International Organizations Section of...
FP-Hana AlHashimi
Abdulaziz AlMulla
Founder and CEO, Madar Farms
Abdulaziz’s interest in food security began during his time at McKinsey & Co. working extensively with GCC governments, addressing a variety of national risk challenges. A...
FP-Abdulaziz AlMulla
Jim Barnhart
Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, USAID
Dr. Jim Barnhart is the Assistant to the Administrator in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, as well as the D...
Maggie Lake
Maggie Lake is a veteran journalist with over two decades of experience covering business, technology, politics and international affairs. She started her career at Reuters, whe...
FP-Maggie Lake
David Livingston
Senior Advisor to U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry
David Livingston was an associate fellow in Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where his research focuses on emerging markets, technologies, and...
FP-David Livingston
Ruramiso Mashumba
Ruramiso Mashumba is a young woman farmer growing snap peas, maize, whole brown rice, sorghum, millet, gum trees and raises pigs in Marondera, Zimbabwe. She holds a BA Degree in...
Ruramiso Mushumba

For more information, contact Susan Sadigova, Vice President of Strategic Development.