Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders Annual Forum

Event Date: 
June 22, 2011 - 9:00am
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Featuring Danielle Nierenberg
Worldwatch Institute Senior Fellow and co-project director of Nourishing the Planet

Agriculture and Water—Implications for Growth and Resilience

Other panelists:
Moira McDonald, program officer in Freshwater Conservation, Walton Family Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
Moderator: Aimee Witteman, environment program officer, The McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN

About the panel:

The nexus of agriculture and water is a key issue for farmers and policy makers throughout the world. Globally, over 70% of freshwater diverted for human uses goes to agriculture. In the U.S. the Mississippi River and “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico provide an illustrative example of the long-term negative effects of intensive agriculture production on water quality. These present challenges are further complicated by a growing population, changing diets, and an increasingly unstable climate.

But while agriculture is a central user and polluter of water, there are examples of agro-ecological practices and policies that can be essential water restoration strategies. This panel will explore the linkages between agriculture, water, and the environment, with perspectives from the regional and global levels, and highlighting innovative models of ways forward.
About the 9th annual forum:

The survival of all living things depends on water, and without proper stewardship our future is threatened.  The same can be said about food.  As we move further into the 21st Century, the philanthropic community needs to grapple with a crucial question: how will we act to protect and enhance healthy food and farming while meeting the challenges of our economic, social, and environmental systems?

The Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) is an international network that aims to strengthen, diversify and expand the community of grant makers that focus on sustainable agriculture and food systems.

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