Conference "Food Security and Climate Change: on the way to COP 21"

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- When: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
- Where : La Maison Française at the Embassy of France - 4101 Reservoir Road, NW Washington , DC 20007
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France will host the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris from November 30 to December 11 to reach an agreement that will put the world on track to limit global warming to 1.5° or 2° C. Our capacity to feed 9.5 billion people in 2050 in a context of climate change will depend on our ability to keep our soils alive. France is proposing to take concrete actions to improve the health of soils by sequestering organic matter.

The Embassy of France and the World Resources Institute are organizing a conference entitled "Food Security and Climate Change: on the way to COP 21"

After an introduction by Nathalie Broadhurst, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of France in the United States, we will welcome the following guest speakers for a roundtable:

- Mr. Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture

- Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO at the World Resources Institute

- Dr. Sara Scherr, President and CEO of EcoAgriculture Partners

- Dr. François Houllier, President and CEO of the French Agricultural Research Institutes

The roundtable will be moderated by Suzanne Goldenberg, Journalist at The Guardian

Speaker Biographies

Robert Bonnie is Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the US Department of Agriculture, a post he has held since August, 2013. In that role, he oversees the work of the US Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service. He also works with the Secretary, other USDA agencies, and other federal partners on climate change policy. Bonnie joined USDA in 2009 as a Senior Advisor to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for environment and climate change. Prior to that, he was vice president for land conservation for the Environmental Defense Fund.

Dr. Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a global research organization that works in more than 50 countries. WRI’s 450 experts work closely with leaders to address six urgent global challenges at the intersection of economic development and the natural environment: food, forests, water, climate, energy and cities. Dr. Steer joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2010 - 2012. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Director General at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in London.

Dr. Sara Scherr is President and CEO of EcoAgriculture Partners. Dr. Scherr is an agricultural and natural resource economist specializing in land management policy in tropical developing countries. She founded EcoAgriculture Partners in 2002. In 2011 she led the founding of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative, for which EcoAgriculture Partners now serves as secretariat.

Dr. François Houllier has been the President of INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, since 2012. He also chairs AllEnvi, the French Research Alliance for the Environment. An École Polytechnique graduate (1978), François Houllier studied at the École nationale du Génie rural, des Eaux et des Forêts with a major in Forestry. He also holds a PhD in Biometrics from the University of Lyon (1986). Most of his career has been dedicated to research, mainly on forestry, but also to higher education and international scientific co-operation.