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Agi Schafer
Des Moines, Iowa
Public Relations with a Focus on Food
Interests: Agriculture, Food Safety, Nutrition, Health, Humanities
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In post-2009 World Food Prize reflection, I have to say – it was a full ticket of truly compelling speakers and topics. But it would be wrong NOT to mention the presentation made by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. As a longtime analyst of and advocate for international development, including agricultural development, food and nutrition security, his words still clearly hang in a cloud over my head. In fact, they are shouting. At first I thought it was guilt, but it’s more like responsibility and, perhaps, fear that we won’t act. Dr. Sachs, who... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2009 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
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This is the fourth in a series of posts by Agi Shafer, reporting from the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa today. It's going to be one of those great Iowa moments. The State Capitol -- resplendent and gold-domed, seated high on its summit peering out at Des Moines' business district -- gets to play host to absolute luminaries and leaders in world health and nutrition, food, agriculture, economic development, trade and more. It's an incredible crowd and a high honor for Iowa Governor Chet Culver and the community and its citizens, in general. Tonight, Purdue professor and Ethiopia... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2009 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
This is the third in a series of posts by Agi Shafer, reporting from the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa today. During his remarks about climate change, population growth, economic challenges and world food demand, Egypt's H.E. Amin Abaza, minister of agriculture and land reclamation, summed up his greatest concerns with a geographic brush. “Egypt is a country the collective size of France and Germany, living on a plot of land that is no larger than Denmark. We are one of those countries that will be most affected by climate change. We have a saying in my country... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2009 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
This is the second in a series of posts by Agi Shafer, reporting from the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa today. A decade ago, it may have seemed strange that one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies would address the topic of closing the gap between agriculture and nutrition. Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, however, was a natural fit in urging World Food Prize participants to join a “concerted action” to align the two in order to meet world food needs. Nooyi has led her company to eliminate trans fatty acids from its product... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2009 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog