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Nov 16-18, 2021: The ECHO® International Agriculture Conference
For twenty-seven years, ECHO has brought together networks of like-minded individuals devoted to eradicating hunger and improving lives through agriculture and community development. Last year, due to novel coronavirus, ECHO’s Annual Conference moved online. In its 28th iteration, they are returning to our in-person event. The ECHO International Agriculture Conference will return with speakers addressing agricultural challenges, personal experiences, and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face food insecurity.
Dr. Kathleen Colverson of the Food Systems Institute will be featured as one of the plenary speakers at this conference.
For more information including registration, visit ECHO International Agriculture Conference
Cultivating Equality - Advancing Gender Research in Agriculture and Food Systems - October 12-15, 2021
Cultivating Equality - Advancing Gender Research in Agriculture and Food Systems
Oct. 12-15, 2021
The conference focused on research that helps understand and advance positive synergies among sustainable and resilient agricultural, rural and food systems, and equality in societies globally. The conference was co-organized by CGIAR Gender Platform Wageningen University & Research as EU Gender-Smart partner.
Dr. Kathleen Colverson of the Food Systems Institute presented "Gender Transformative Approaches: Methods and Findings" at this conference.
For more information visit ‘Cultivating Equality: Advancing Gender Research in Agriculture and Food Systems’
Gators Give and Serve Week 2021- October 11-15, 2021
Gators Give and Serve Week 2021
Oct. 11-15, 2021
The UF community was encouraged to learn about local and global food security issues and to give to and volunteer with worthy causes in advance of World Food Day on October 16. Activities included the SNAP Challenge, poverty simulator, presentations on what FSI is doing to reduce hunger locally and globally, and opportunities to share experiences with the SNAP Challenge and poverrty simulator via social media. The week wrapped up with a "Day of Action" during which everyone was encouraged to give or volunteer with local food banks or charities.
Sustainable Solutions for Zero Hunger by 2030: A Vision for Animal Agriculture- September 14, 2021
Sustainable Solutions for Zero Hunger by 2030: A Vision for Animal Agriculture
Sept. 14, 2021
Dr. Adegbola Adesogan of the Food Systems Institute presented "Enabling Sustainable Nutrition Globally" at this event sponsored by Elanco and AgriPulse.
Reciprocal Meat Conference - August 15-18, 2021
Reciprocal Meat Conference (American Meat Science Association)
Aug 15-18, 2021
Dr. Adegbola Adesogan, Director of the UF Food Systems Institute presented two sessions, one on Sociocultural, and Other Factors Affecting Meat and Animal-Source Food Consumption in Developing Countries, and another on the Importance of Meat Consumption for Cognitive Development.
International Year of Plant Health Webinar: Climate Change, Plant Health and Biodiversity - June 30, 2021
International Year of Plant Health Webinar: Climate Change, Plant Health and Biodiversity
June 30, 2021
Dr. Karen Garrett of the Food Systems Institute presented: Establishing a global surveillance system for pests and diseases to improve strategies for minimizing crop loss during this event.
Florida Sea Grant and Food Systems Institute Seafood Virtual Office Hour - June 4, 2021
Florida Sea Grant and Food Systems Institute Seafood Virtual Office Hour
June 4, 2021
Each month join experts covering your seafood questions. Theme: Aquatic Food Products Nutrition with Dr. Razieh Farzad (Food Systems Institute/Florida Sea Grant/University of Florida), Molly Ahern (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization), and Dr. Jeanette Andrade (Food Systems Institute/Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Florida). More information/recording available at: Seafood Virtual Office Hour - Florida Sea Grant (flseagrant.org)
DSSAT 2021 International Training Program - May 17-22, 2021
DSSAT 2021 International Training Program
May 17-22, 2021
The DSSAT 2021 International Training Program was hosted at University of Georgia at Griffin, Georgia. Topics included assessing crop production, water and nutrient management, climatic risk, and environmental sustainability with simulation models. This program was led by Gerrit Hoogenboom, faculty member of the UF Food Systems Institute and the UF Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. More information at: DSSAT 2021 International Training Program at the University of Georgia - DSSAT.net
RTB Toolkit: Impact Network Analysis - May 13, 2021
RTB Toolkit: Impact Network Analysis
May 13, 2021
More information available at:RTB Toolkit: Impact Network Analysis Impact network analysis (INA) is one of 11 valuable tools in the CGIAR RTB Toolbox, a set of effective, low-cost methodologies designed to strengthen seed systems for roots, tubers and banana crops. INA helps project leaders and policymakers evaluate and design system-level strategies for successful delivery of improved crop varieties and regional pest and disease management. This event featured an introduction to INA including several examples of its successful use around the world and how users may use this tool with software in R. (Karen Garrett of the Food Systems Institute, panelist for this workshop.)
Toolbox for working with root, tuber and banana seed systems - March 2, 2021
Toolbox for working with root, tuber and banana seed systems: Building a better seed system, together
March 2, 2021
Food Systems Institute at the University of Florida Launch Workshop - January 22, 2021
Food Systems Institute at the University of Florida Launch Workshop
January 22, 2021
This workshop was designed to let the wider UF campus community learn more about the institute and what it offers. Food systems are complex – innovation and problem solving depend on collaboration among people with varied perspectives and expertise.
The FSI provides an exciting opportunity for UF Faculty to engage with a diverse, systems-oriented group of researchers and educators. Learn more about this institute through this overview or by watching this 30 minute recording.
Featured topics and discussions included:
- Food Systems and Human Health
- Circularity in Food and Agriculture Systems
- Food from the Sea
- Inclusive Food Systems
- AI, Big Data and Food Systems
Institute for Food Nutrition & Health Annual Forum - December 15, 2020
Institute for Food Nutrition & Health Annual Forum
December 15, 2020
Recording available at: Recording full event IFNH Annual Forum 2020
2020 Carter Conference - December 10-11,2020
The Carter Conference
December 10-11, 2020
4th International Conference on Global Food Security - December 7-9, 2020
4th International Conference on Global Food Security
December 7-9, 2020
More information at: 4th International Conference on Global Food Security
Online Seminar: Wildlife, Livestock, and Sustainable Savannas - November 12, 2020
Online Seminar: Wildlife, Livestock, and Sustainable Savannas
November 12, 2020
More information at: Online Seminar: Wildlife, Livestock, and Sustainable Savannas
The Enabling Environment for Animal-Source Food Market Systems — Lessons from the Field - November 5, 2020
The Enabling Environment for Animal-Source Food Market Systems — Lessons from the Field
November 5, 2020
HiPerGator Symposium - October 27, 2020
HiPerGator Symposium focusing on active research applications of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Florida
October 27, 2020
More information at: HiPerGator Symposium 2020
UF Food Systems Institute Side Event at the World Food Prize - October 14, 2020
UF FOOD SYSTEMS INSTITUTE SIDE EVENT AT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE
Wed 14 Oct 2020
Recording available at:
Online Seminar: Food Production and Sustainable Savannahs - October 8, 2020
ONLINE SEMINAR: FOOD PRODUCTION AND SUSTAINABLE SAVANNAHS (SPONSORED BY THE NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT & SUSTAINABLE SAVANNAS INITIATIVE IN AFRICA (NRM-SSI) WORKING GROUP/UF CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES)
Thurs 8 Oct 2020
Interactive Prototyping Workshop: How can Foresight and Futures Planning be Used to Address Antimicrobial Resistance in the Livestock Sector? - October 7, 2020
INTERACTIVE PROTOTYPING WORKSHOP: HOW CAN FORESIGHT AND FUTURES PLANNING BE USED TO ADDRESS ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE IN THE LIVESTOCK SECTOR?
Wed 7 Oct 2020
Innovation Lab for Livestock: Virtual General Meeting - September 28-30, 2020
Innovation Lab for Livestock: Virtual General Meeting -
September 28-30, 2020
EatSafe Webinar III - Measuring Performance for Food Safety - September 3, 2020
EatSafe Webinar III - Measuring Performance for Food Safety (including Arie Havelaar)
Thurs 3 Sept 2020
13th Virtual DSSAT Development Sprint - July 20-24, 2020
13th Virtual DSSAT Development Sprint;
20-24, July 2020
Blog Post by Gerrit Hoogenboom: 13th Virtual DSSAT Development Sprint
Webinar: Livestock, Campylobacter, and Child Nutrition: Findings from the Formative Research of the CAGED Study in rural Ethiopia: July 2, 2020
Webinar: Livestock, Campylobacter, and Child Nutrition: Findings from the Formative Research of the CAGED Study in rural Ethiopia
July 2, 2020
Future of Food Forum - January 15, 2020
Livestream recording of the Future of Food Forum
The Future of Food Forum, sponsored the the UF/IFAS Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, was an intensive and exciting one-day event at the University of Florida. It brought together leading experts, entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators to look at the future of food with an eye toward 2050.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Louise Fresco, President of Wageningen University in the Netherlands, focused on responsible agriculture and food consumption as crucial to world stability.
In addition, there were four high impact sessions:
- The Innovators – with inventors and entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of food.
- Food from the Land – with panelists discussing new technologies: what will be useful, who will use them, where will they be most useful, and what the impacts will be.
- Food from the Sea – with analysts presenting the state of current seafood systems; predictions for future trends in aquaculture and fisheries.
- Food and Human Well-Being – One Health perspectives were presented on health and food including antimicrobial resistance, foodborne disease, and nutrition. This was an insightful event for anyone who cares about the future of food – from producers to consumers; from researchers to innovators; and from business leaders to policymakers.
At the forum you heard some of the world’s changemakers give their perspective on the future of food systems and what we should be doing now to embrace the innovations and challenges of the future of food.