“Agents of Change” symposium to cover global hunger

August 29, 2014

Diane Ragone, Director, Breadfruit Institute

“Feast or Famine: How we can and will feed 9 Billion People” will be one of four panel discussions during an all-day symposium at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) on October 7, 2014.

The symposium, titled “Agents of Change: Botanic Gardens in the 21st Century,” presented by the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) and NMNH, will bring leading experts in preserving plant species, the impact of global changes on plants, changing global nutritional requirements for feeding the planet, and more together to share and address the most pressing issues and trends.

Leading the Feast or Famine panel will be Dr. Diane Ragone, Director of NTBG’s Breadfruit Institute. She will be joined by Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank; Dr. Eija Pehu, Advisor on Science and Technology, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, The World Bank; and Dennis Dimick, Executive Editor, Environment, National Geographic Magazine.Other panel topics include Extinction or Survival: Conserving plants in a changing world; Biocultural Conservation: Interpreting the richness of the human experience; and Operational Sustainability: Are Botanic Gardens an endangered species? The Opening Address will be given by noted botanist/conservationist Dr. Peter H. Raven, with the keynote address by Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project, and closing remarks by Professor Sir Ghillean Prance, former director of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew. A session by an expert panel will be part of the program.

NTBG will also present a dinner that evening at a separate venue which features a talk by internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist Tom Friedman, recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes. His presentation will focus on “Extinction or Sustainability: Conserving plants, animals, and people in a changing world.”

 For more information and ticket purchases to either event, see http://ntbg.org/symposium

NTBG’s Breadfruit Institute is a member of the Alliance to End Hunger. The nonprofit NTBG is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Congressional Charter in 2014.