[ASC-media] How can the Grass be Greener? Grasslands Congress includes 2 Nobel Peace Prize winners

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Sun Sep 8 17:40:33 PDT 2013


International Grasslands Congress


9  September 2013

Media Contact: Cathy Reade, 0413 575 934

Program at http://www.igc2013.com/pages/program.php


Why should we care about grasslands?



Grasslands cover about 40% of world’s land surface. They are crucial to the
livelihoods of more than one billion people, providing fibre, fuel and food.
They make vital contributions to the conservation of biodiversity and to
ameliorating climate change through carbon sequestration. 


However, they face the pressures of global population growth, challenges
caused by demand for other food sources, the impact of climate change and
declining funding for R&D.


Close to 1000 delegates from over 60 countries will discuss how to
revitalize grasslands for people, livestock and the environment at the 22nd
International Grassland Congress in Sydney on 15-19 September 2013 – a
pre-eminent global forum held only every four years.


Issues that will be considered by the world’s prominent livestock and
grassland researchers, as well as farmers, agri-business interests,
decision-makers and environmentalists include:

·                     the global food security challenge and managing a more
holistic approach to food systems

·                     the role of animal agriculture in future food security

·                     trade-offs between livestock, food, human health and
the environment

·                     the impact of climate change on grasslands

·                     advances in grassland technology, science and new
plant species

·                     balancing human needs and the grassland environment 

·                     engaging the new generation of agricultural


Lead international and Australian speakers include:

¾    Dr Jimmy Smith, Director General of the International Livestock
Research Institute, Kenya

¾    Prof Jean-Francois Soussana & Dr Charles (Chuck) Rice who shared the
2007 Nobel Prize for Peace as members of the IPCC

¾    Mr Ralph von Kaufmann, Coordinator, Universities, Business & Research
in Agricultural Innovation, Africa

¾    Dr Jürgen Schellberg, Institute of Crop Science and Resource
Conservation, Bonn University

¾    Professor Oene Oenema, Professor, Soil Fertility & Nutrient Management,
Wageningen University

¾    Dr Joel Brown, rangeland ecologist & team leader, USDA Natural
Resources Conservation Service

¾    Dr Lindsay Bell, Research Scientist Farming Systems, CSIRO

¾    Em Prof Ted Wolfe, EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation,
Charles Sturt University, NSW

¾    Professor Alan Robson, Emeritus Professor, Earth and Environment
Faculty, the University of WA


A full program can be viewed at http://www.igc2013.com/pages/program.php


Media interviews:  Cathy Reade, Director, Public Affairs and Communication,
Crawford Fund
Mobile: +61 413 575 934 Skype: Cathy.Reade


Cathy Reade
Director, Public Affairs and Communication
Crawford Fund
Mobile: +61 413 575 934

Skype: Cathy.Reade
Web:  <http://www.crawfordfund.org/> www.crawfordfund.org

Twitter: @CrawfordFund

The Crawford Fund's mission is to increase Australia's engagement in
international agricultural research, development and education for the
benefit of developing countries and Australia.



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