"Feeding the World in the Face of Climate Change"; Camden Conference community event

Community Happenings
Rockland Public Library
80 Union Street, Rockland, ME 04841
Camden Conference
Oct 28, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Jonathan Woolley, Director of the Quaker UN Office in Geneva, will speak about smallholder agriculture and climate change in developing countries on Monday, October 28th at the Rockland Public Library. His talk, “Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries: Feeding the World in the Face of Climate Change” takes place from 6:30-8:00pm and is free and open to all.

There are some 500 million smallholder farms worldwide; more than 2 billion people depend on them for their livelihoods. These small farms produce about 80 per cent of the food consumed in Asia, Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Many are increasingly vulnerable to global warming while lacking new technologies to increase their resilience to climate change. Yet many successful agricultural innovations are occurring for the benefit of poor smallholders and many have started to embrace climate-resilient farming approaches and technologies with the assistance of national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Jonathan Woolley will explore what can be done to assist small farmers in developing countries adapt to the impact of climate change on food security.

About the Speaker: Jonathan Woolley joined the Quaker UN Office, Geneva, in June 2011. He brings to QUNO more than thirty years’ professional experience of agricultural research, development and capacity building in some fifty 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. Jonathan holds an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Applied Biology from the University of Cambridge, UK. He originally joined Friends in the UK some forty years ago, and is a member of Mexico City Monthly Meeting.

This free community event is co-sponsored by the Peace Center of the 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, February 21-23, 2014.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world affairs through year-round community events, public and student engagement, and an annual weekend conference. For more information, visit www.camdenconference.org, email info@camdenconference.org, or call 207-236-1034.