Third Annual Food Security Symposium: Commercial Agriculture in the Tropical Environments

April 3-4, 2017

College of ACES Library, 1101 S. Goodwin Urbana, IL

The tropics contain some of the most important biomes for managing a variety of environmental challenges from biodiversity to climate change.  But at the same time, agricultural expansion in South America shows that the tropics can be highly productive in terms of grain production.  Additionally, agricultural intensification holds promise to reduce poverty and malnutrition among the many rural poor residing in tropical zones.  This symposium addresses the complex tradeoffs between environmental stewardship and agricultural intensification in the tropics.

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PROGRAM

Monday, April 3

4:00-5:00 pm           Keynote Lecture – Heritage Room

Opening Remarks:                                               

Dean Kimberlee Kidwell, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Keynote Lecture: "The Emerging Fertilizer Value Chain in Africa”

Dr. Pedro Sanchez, Research Professor of Tropical Soils, University of Florida

5:00-6:00 pm           Reception – Heritage Room

In case you cannot attend in person, register to participate virtually in the Monday keynote session via GotoWebinar by clicking here.

Tuesday, April 4

In case you cannot attend in person, register to participate virtually in the Tuesday sessions via GotoWebinar by clicking here

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast with the Next Generation of Thought Leaders – Sims Room

(Student breakfast - by by invitation only)

8:30-9:00 am           Registration and Coffee, Tea, and Pastries – Heritage Room

All sessions on Tuesday (unless otherwise noted) are in the Monsanto Room, in the basement of the ACES Library.

9:00-10:30 a.m.    Session 1 – Current Status and Trends: Agricultural Intensification in Tropical Environments

Moderator:               Dr. Michael Coe, Woods Hole Research Center

Speakers:               

Dr. Peter Goldsmith, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois: The Economics of Tropical Soybean

Dr. Stephanie Spera, Geography, Dartmouth College: Quantifying Two Decades of Expansion of Commercial Tropical Agriculture in Brazil

Dr. Cheryl Palm, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, University of Florida: Agricultural Intensification in Africa: Implications for the Environment and Livelihoods

Dr. Kaiyu Guan, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois: Crop Yield Estimation from Satellite for Tropical Agriculture: A Case Study of Paddy Rice in Viet Nam

Dr. Daniel Miller and Pushpendra Rana, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois: Crops vs. Trees: Analyzing the Social-Ecological Effects of Farmer Decision-Making in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

10:45-12:00 pm          Session 2 – Soil and Water – Monsanto Room

Moderator:               Dr. Jeffrey Brawn, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois

Speakers:                 

Dr. Katherine Tully, Plant Sciences & Landscape Agriculture, University of Maryland: Fate of Nitrogen and Controls of Nitrogen Loss Under Intensifying African Maize Cultivation

Dr. Chris Neill, Woods Hole Research Center: Changes to Water Resources and Water Quality Associated with the Expansion and Intensification of Amazon Commercial Agriculture

Dr. Jeremy Guest, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois: Local Environmental Contamination Can Diminish Health and Nutritional Gains from Intensified Agriculture

Dr. Ximing Cai, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois: Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Opportunities for the Tropics

Dr. Hope Michelson, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois: Small Farmer Agricultural Productivity: Soils, Supply Chains, and Commercial Prospects

12:00-1:30 pm         Lunch – Heritage Room (Lunch by previous registration only) - Heritage Room

Mark Edge, Director of Collaborations for Developing Countries, Monsanto Company: An Industry Perspective

1:30-2:30 pm           Session 3 – Tropical Agriculture and the Environment: Europe’s Role

Moderator:               Bryan Endres, European Union Center, University of Illinois       

Speakers:                 

Dr. David Laborde, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI): Land Use Changes and International Trade: Lessons Learned From the European Biofuel Mandates

Dr. Luca Salvatici, Department of Economics, Università degli studi Roma Tre: Agricultural Trade Impacts of EU Policies

2:30-4:00 pm           Session 4 – Biodiversity and Climate Change

Moderator:               Dr. Alex Winter-Nelson, ACES Office of International Programs, University of Illinois

Speakers:                 

Dr. Michael Coe, Woods Hole Research Center: Direct Climate Impacts of Commercial Agricultural Expansion

Dr. Avery Cohn,  Fletcher School, Tufts University: Environmental Constraints on Increased Agricultural Production in the Brazilian Amazon

Dr. Paulo Brando, Woods Hole Research Center: Role of Fire and Biodiversity in Brazil's Expanding Amazon Commercial Agricultural Landscape

Dr. Jeffrey Brawn, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois: Ecological and Biodiversity Implications of Agricultural Development at Tropical Latitudes

4:00-5:00 pm  Reactions, Final Thoughts, and Opportunities for Collaborative Research

Moderator:               Dr. Peter Goldsmith, Soybean Innovation Lab, University of Illinois

Speakers:                 

Dr. Robert A. Easter, President Emeritus, Dean Emeritus, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Professor Emeritus, Animal Sciences, University of Illinois

Dr. Montague Demment, Vice President of International Programs, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)

Dr. Robert Jones (invited), Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Mark Edge (invited), Monsanto

5:00-6:00 pm           Reception – Heritage Room

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