Feeding the world in the face of climate change
Rockland — Jonathan Woolley, director of the Quaker UN Office in Geneva, will speak about smallholder agriculture and climate change in developing countries Monday, Oct. 28 at Rockland Public Library.
His talk, Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries: Feeding the World in the Face of Climate Change, takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to all.
Woolley joined QUNO Geneva in June 2011. He brings to QUNO more than 30 years of professional experience of agricultural research, development and capacity building in some 50 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Starting as a volunteer teacher in Kenya, he then worked directly with poor farmers in Nigeria, Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico. Later, through a wide range of consultancies for multilateral and bilateral agencies, private firms and international organizations, he focused on the preparation and review of projects that addressed farmer participation in agricultural services.
From 1999 to 2009, he led two research networks directed at institutional reform, building cohesive small teams and strengthening innovative partnerships: a ground-breaking agricultural research fund in Ecuador, and the first phase of the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food based in Sri Lanka and active in nine river basins around the world. Woolley holds a master's in natural sciences and a doctorate in applied biology from the University of Cambridge, UK. He originally joined Friends in the UK some 40 years ago, and is a member of Mexico City Monthly Meeting.
This free community event is co-sponsored by the Peace Center of Midcoast Meeting of Friends and hosted by the Rockland Public Library and offered in anticipation of the 27th Annual Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water, Feb. 21-23, 2014. For more information, visit camdenconference.org, email email@example.com, or call 236-1034.