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Feb28

Highlights from the State of the World 2011 Launch in Copenhagen

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Check out some highlights from the Danish launch of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, hosted by the European Environmental Agency (EEA) in Copenhagen on February 25th. Speakers included Nourishing the Planet co-Project Director, Danielle Nierenberg; Worldwatch President, Christopher Flavin; Elsebeth Krogh, Chairwoman, MS – ActionAid Denmark; Hans Herren, President of the Millennium Institute and contributing author to State of the World 2011; and Jacqueline McGlade, Director of the EEA.

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Feb28

State of the World 2011 Launches in Denmark

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In Copenhagen on February 25th, the European Environmental Agency (EEA) hosted the launch of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet. Nourishing the Planet co-Project Director, Danielle Nierenberg, and Worldwatch President, Christopher Flavin were both on hand to present at the event, which also marked the official opening of the Worldwatch Institute’s new European office.  Additional speakers included Elsebeth Krogh, Chairwoman, MS – ActionAid Denmark; Hans Herren, President of the Millennium Institute and contributing author to State of the World 2011; and Jacqueline McGlade, Director of the EEA.

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Feb11

State of the World 2011 Launch in Denmark

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State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet will be launched in Copenhagen, Denmark on February 25th to mark the official opening of Worldwatch’s European office, in partnership with the European Environment Agency.

Hans Herren Millennium Institute State of the World Launch Copenhagen Denmark

Hans Herren, President, Millennium Institute, will speak at the State of the World Launch in Copenhagen. (photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

Worldwatch President Christopher Flavin will join Worldwatch Europe Director Bo Normander in Copenhagen to discuss the extension of the Institute’s research into the European policy sphere.

The launch, which will feature refreshments from local sustainable caterers, Hahnemann’s Kitchen and Dirt Café, and will showcase a policy debate on Europe’s role in promoting sustainable agriculture practices towards the creation of a healthier global food system. The debate will include speakers such as Elsebeth Krogh, Chairwoman of ActionAid Denmark, Hans Herren, President of Millennium Institute and contributing author to State of the World 2011, and Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency.

Senior Researcher and co-project Director Danielle Nierenberg, who spent the last year researching on the ground in over 25 countries in Africa, will also participate in the launch events.  She will present key findings from the report, including a roadmap for agricultural investment in successful projects that can prevent food waste, build resilience to climate change, and strengthen farming in cities.

The event will be hosted by the European Environment Agency at Kongens Nytorv 6, 1050 Copenhagen K. To register for the event email Europe@worldwatch.org or astone@worldwatch.org, or call +45 3336 7187 in Denmark or (+1) 202-452-1999 x514 in the United States.

Oct17

In Case You Missed It: The Week in Short

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This week has been an amazing and exciting mix of events and people, many of whom had pointed us to projects we have visited for Nourishing the Planet.

photo credit:Bernard Pollack

Our preview briefing of State of the World 2011 on Thursday morning was a big success including discussion from Worldwatch President Christopher Flavin, Hans Herren of the Millennium Institute and Dyno Keatinge of The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC).

We saw Howard Buffett of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation give a keynote address cautioning against depending fully on technology to alleviate hunger. NtP co-Project Director Brian Halweil discussed his sense of the tensions that arise between differing opinions of ‘sustainability’ when leaders of the food and agriculture community gather. Co-laureate David Beckmann from Bread for the World gave a keynote as well on Obama’s  Feed the Future Initiative and the importance of reporting on the hopeful stories from the ground in Ghana and Ethiopia.  Also check out our weekly innovation on women who’ve created a bank that dispenses food instead of money in Niger, taking food security and fighting malnutrition into their own hands.

Oct07

NtP at the World Food Prize Symposium

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Next week Nourishing the Planet co-Project Directors Danielle Nierenberg and Brian Halweil are traveling to Des Moines, Iowa to attend and participate in the 2010 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue Symposium – “Take it to the Farmer”: Reaching the World’s Smallholders – on October 13-15.

This year's World Food Prize goes to Bread for the World and Heifer International. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack. Visiting with HI grantees in Rwanda)

The event will celebrate the co-laureates of this year’s World Food Prize,  David Beckmann of Bread for the World and Jo Luck, President of Heifer International, an important collaborator of Nourishing the Planet.  This year represented a shift as the award was given to grassroots organizations working with farmers to alleviate hunger and poverty instead of scientists.

On Tuesday, October 14th, Worldwatch President Christopher Flavin will be speaking on a panel entitled “Conversation: Smallholder agriculture and biodiversity”.  Worldwatch will also be hosting an official side event that morning, a preview briefing of State of the World 2011 featuring Brian and Danielle, additional contributing authors, and a video presentation.

The Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium is held annually as part of the World Food Prize presentation, bringing together international experts and policy leaders to address the latest issues in food security and nutrition.