Feeding the World: Achieving Sustainable Agriculture

Feeding the World: Achieving Sustainable Agriculture

25 October 2017
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • University of California, Davis (bus departs from Marriott Marquis)

Feeding the World: Achieving Sustainable Agriculture

Moderator: Harry Surjadi

More and more people occupy our planet while the amount of arable land continues to decrease. Rapidly changing environmental conditions are placing unprecedented stresses on our natural resources.


Trainer: Harry Surjadi, founder and director, Society of Indonesian Science Journalists
This participatory and interactive workshop is intended to expose reporters from low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia to innovations being developed to combat these challenges and help ensure food security across the globe.
It is designed for a broad contingent of journalists who don’t necessarily report on agriculture as a standalone topic; agriculture might be a beat within other lines of reporting. Subjects to be covered include:

  • How irrigation, plant biology and food/crop technology are transforming agriculture around the world;
  • How farmers from developing countries are challenged by these changes, affecting livelihoods, food security and environment;
  • How researchers can better understand the complex human dynamics in agro-ecosystems and design more equitable and sustainable solutions; and
  • What is the role of environmental policy?

The workshop is sponsored by the Research Councils UK and produced by the World Federation of Science Journalists. Most seats are reserved for journalists from Africa and Asia who have received travel fellowships from the RCUK and the International Research Development Centre (IDRC) of Canada. Limited additional seats are open to journalists from the region on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants should plan to arrive in San Francisco by Tuesday evening, October 24. The bus to UC Davis will depart from the conference hotel at 7:30 a.m. on October 25.