Public Invited for Keynote Speaker Bram Govaerts and Panel Moderated by Donnie Smith
 
Picture of Bram Govaerts
Bram ​Govaerts, pictured above, is the keynote speaker for Sustainable Agriculture 3.0, a forum presented by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. The talk will be followed by a roundtable discussion moderated by Donnie Smith. 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Worldwide population is expected to grow by 20 to 30 percent by 2050. Earth’s resources, like water and arable land area, are already strained. How can agriculture become more sustainable to meet the food demands of this future population? Experts hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy will discuss these questions and more in a public seminar titled “Sustainable Agriculture 3.0” on February 28.

The event will feature a keynote address from Bram Govaerts, global director of Innovative Business Strategies and Sustainable Intensification Lead for the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). According to Jay Gulledge, adjunct associate professor in the UT Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, “One of the great challenges facing humanity today is figuring out how to feed and meet the energy needs of an additional two billion people. Bram Govaerts’ work puts science-based tools in the hands of farmers in developing countries in order to meet this challenge. They can apply practices that increase production while improving soil health and mitigating climate change.” 

A roundtable discussion will follow the keynote with respondents Sharon Burke, senior advisor for International Security and Natural Resource Security at New America; Sarah Colby, associate professor in the UT Department of Nutrition; and Pipa Elias, soil health strategy manager at The Nature Conservancy – North America. The roundtable discussion will be moderated by Donnie Smith, UT animal science alumnus and former CEO of Tyson Foods. Smith is also a member of the UT Board of Trustees.

Staff, students and the general public are invited and should plan to arrive at the Howard H. Baker Jr.  Center for Public Policy at 8:30 a.m., with the keynote address beginning at 9:00 a.m in the Toyota Auditorium room 103. The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy is located at 1640 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville. 

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Contact:​ 

Tom Gill, director, Smith Center for International Sustainable Agriculture, 865-974-5797, tgill4@utk.edu

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