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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Food Security: Shifting From Silos To Systems

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Session Description

The challenge of food security has been addressed in fragmented ways by myriad players ranging from governments to global multinationals to NGOs. Yet to effect large scale change, solutions in food security must shift from independent and isolated efforts to highly networked, whole-system approaches. This session showcases the innovative partnerships, holistic models and localised technologies that are enabling and empowering farmers to feed not only themselves, but also the world.


When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Thursday, March 31

Session leaders

  • Amit Mehra Speaker
    Founder and Managing Director, Reuters Market Light
    Amit Mehra is the founder and Managing Director of Reuters Market Light, an award-winning business that sells a highly personalised information service to farmers. Mehra has worked in corporate, strategy consulting, new venture and social development across Asia, Africa and Europe. A former member of Reuters Advisory Board for Corporate Responsibility, Mehra has lectured on social entrepreneurship at the UN University, IFC, WB, Cambridge and LBS. He studied in SRCC and Delhi School of Economics, and holds an MBA from London Business School.
  • Andrew Youn Speaker
    Founder and Director, One Acre Fund
    Andrew Youn started One Acre Fund in 2006. One Acre Fund only serves smallholder farmers in East Africa – and provides farm inputs, finance, and training that boosts farm profits by 50%. One Acre Fund has 6,000 staff who serve 600,000+ families per year, plus 750,000+ more families via partnership. The organization will double in size by 2020, and aims to be the most impactful distribution network for life-improving goods in rural Sub-Saharan Africa. Andrew graduated from Yale magna cum laude, is a former management consultant at Oliver Wyman, and received his MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
  • Senior Analyst, Deutsche Bank Research
    Dr. Schaffnit-Chatterjee is Senior Analyst at Deutsche Bank Research, investigating trends and related risks and opportunities - especially in the areas of global food security, the gender divide and changing consumption patterns. Her publications and presentations have influenced the public debate in Germany and beyond. Previously, Schaffnit-Chatterjee worked in management consulting, most recently at Accenture, and in academia, following a PhD in Engineering at the University of Toronto.
  • Eric Nonacs Speaker
    Vice President, Alliances & Partnerships, Skoll Global Threats Fund
    Eric Nonacs is the Vice President for Alliances & Partnerships at the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Nonacs was the Managing Director for Global Affairs at Endeavour Financial, a merchant bank based in Vancouver, Canada. From 2002 until 2007, Nonacs was the Foreign Policy Advisor to President Bill Clinton and the William J. Clinton Foundation. During his career, Nonacs has developed and implemented a broad array of programmes globally on topics including sustainable development, conflict resolution, and CSR.
  • Marco Ferroni Speaker
    Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, Executive Director
    Dr. Ferroni, an expert on international agriculture and sustainability, joined the Syngenta Foundation as Executive Director in 2008. He had previously worked for the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Swiss government. Ferroni holds an Agricultural Economics Doctorate from Cornell. A Swiss national, he is married with two children.