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Robynne Anderson
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Robynne Anderson works internationally in the agri-food sector as secretariat to the International Agri-Food Network (, co-ordinating the private sector mechanism to the United Nations Committee on Food Security and is a spokesperson for Farming First ( She has also been working on several IGO processes related to food security, women in farming, and development. Her volunteer work also includes a program in Zambia to teach orphans agricultural skills through schools. She has been a media commentator on farming, seed, and manure management sectors. Her firm, Emerging ag inc. assists farmers groups and a wide array of other actors in the agri-food value chain. She lives on a family farm in Dugald, Manitoba, Canada which grows oats, canola, wheat, barley and other crops. She is looking forward to the International Year of Pulses in 2016.

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COP21: It's Time to Eat for the Planet

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 3:14 PM

With the world's leaders gathering in Paris to discuss how collective efforts can ensure that global warming does not rise above two degrees, farmers face the double challenge of how to feed a booming global population set to reach 9bn, while delivering a more sustainable agricultural system.

Though it...

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The Road to Reduce Poverty and Undernourishment in Africa: How Investment in Research and Agriculture Can Help

(3) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 12:40 PM

With Financing for Development a hot topic, there are clear signs that investing in agriculture is the right thing to do. Globally, 842 million people are estimated to be undernourished. By 2012 alone, the number of hungry people in Africa grew to 239 million. The goal to reduce poverty and...

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Reduce and Research, the Key to Food Security and Nutrition

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 10:53 AM

According to the WFP, "There are 805 million hungry people in the world and 98 percent of them are in developing countries." According to the World Food Program, hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

These sad facts are even sadder when we...

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Agriculture at Top of Global Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 4:12 PM

At some moments in the discussion of the next set of global development goals, the conversations have seemed at risk of leaving out the most basic human needs. However, it seems clear now that agriculture and food will make the top of the list for the United Nations.

The co-chairs...

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From Pledges to Progress: G8 Leaders Must Take Action Now

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 1:00 PM

On the eve of the G8 summit, G8 and African leaders met to discuss new commitments on food security and the opportunity and benefits of private sector investment in African agriculture and food sectors. With the likes of President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Presidents of Tanzania and...

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