Thursday, July 21, 2016

Food Security. Farm Credit. Beginning Farmers Discuss Challenges and Recommendations at Farm Credit Panel

"With financing from Farm Credit, beginning farmers Shawn and Shane Tiffany run a 15,000 head feed lot, farm 2,500 acres and run 2,500 head of yearlings."


Beginning Farmers Discuss Challenges and Recommendations at Farm Credit Panel

At a recent panel discussion at the Senate Hart Office Building arranged by Farm Credit, four beginning farmers discussed the unique risks and challenges they face, and shared recommendations to help other beginning farmers successfully establish their own operations. After opening remarks by Sen. Pat Roberts (KS), Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI), Ranking Member Senate Agriculture Committee, moderator Peyton Fair, Growing Forward Specialist with Farm Credit Mid-America, led a lively conversation among the four panelists: Adam Ingrao, an Army veteran, urban farmer and Executive Director, Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan; Odessa Oldham, a Wyoming...

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National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association 
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Washington, DC 20004 
Office: (202) 628-8833
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Water Security...Global Water Security. Webinar. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

GET INVOLVED!  Be proactive in water security in your community.  
                                Now rather than when an event occurs.

Using Collective Impact to Improve Water Security

Tuesday July 26

Time 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
The U.S. Water Partnership with support from FSG, Inc.will convene a webinar on addressing water security by collective impact approach. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Arani Kajenthira Grindle on Tuesday, July 26 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (U.S. Eastern).

Achieving water security is a complex challenge. Across the U.S. and around the world, communities are struggling to balance water usage between four competing needs: human well-being, economic activities, ecosystem health, and climate resilience. Yet many of our typical responses – rationing, price increases, infrastructure investment,  or new management approaches – are falling short. Achieving a long-term, sustainable balance between competing needs at a watershed level requires a combination of strong governance structures, adequate financing, and structured cooperation between cities, regions, and states, as well as basin-level water users, most easily developed through open and inclusive dialogue, and shared decision making.

The collective impact model for structured collaboration offers a new approach to address complex problems such as water security. It recognizes that such complex social challenges are not caused – and therefore cannot be solved – by any single sector, agency, or organization. It builds on more traditional partnership models in the water sector such as integrated water resources management (IWRM), bringing the government, nonprofit, philanthropic, and corporate sectors together as equal partners with community-level water users to actively coordinate efforts, change behavior, and share lessons learned.

This 30-minute webinar will provide a brief introduction to collective impact approach, describe the necessary mindset shifts for successful collaboration, and offer concrete examples of how this model can enhance existing partnerships in the water sector, as well as an opportunity for Q&A.


Arani Kajenthira Grindle, PhD
Associate Director,
FSG, Inc.
Arani is based in FSG’s Boston office and has extensive experience engaging and advising philanthropic, nonprofit, and corporate actors in their strategic planning and collaborative efforts.
At present, Arani is managing two global collective impact engagements; one is focused on addressing human slavery, land rights, and environmental degradation issues in the Brazilian Amazon, while the other aims to address child welfare and protection issues in Cambodia. Over the past year, Arani has also managed and supported three other collective impact initiatives: improving early childhood education outcomes in Houston, Texas; increasing social mobility in Israel; and improving maternal and infant health outcomes in Staten Island, NY.

Prior to FSG, Arani was  Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she managed research projects focused on the water use implications of food and energy production in arid states, particularly in the Middle East. In this role, she also specifically explored water security and management challenges in the São Francisco river basin in Northeast Brazil. Arani has practical experience in environmental consulting from GeoSyntec, and multiple years of international development experience from her involvement with Engineers Without Borders.

A Rhodes Scholar, Arani holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford focused on the remediation and risk management of mercury-contaminated groundwater, and a B.Sc. in Biological Engineering from the University of Guelph (Canada).

Please email Carole Abourached with the U.S. Water Partnership Secretariat at with any questions.

Monday, July 18, 2016

FREE...Educational Opportunities. COURSERA. July 17, 2016

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Introduction to Sustainability

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The Age of Sustainable Development

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Energy 101: The Big Picture

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Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities

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Greening the Economy: Lessons from Scandinavia

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Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries

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Fundamentals of Global Energy Business

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Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries

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Water Resources Management and Policy

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Organic Solar Cells - Theory and Practice

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Our Earth's Future

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Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

2016 Leave No One Behind. TRN.TV, Five Points Youth Foundation, BEMA.



TRN International News ( and Black Emergency Managers Association (BEMA) are joining Five Points Youth Foundation to get our messaging out, pull together and organize our advisors, supporters and network into a team to empower youth worldwide as our leaders of tomorrow with the first big push from 2015 International Day of Peace
September 21, 2015 through December 31, 2020.

Our objective: recruit 4,000+ non-profits, ngos, labor organizations, business associations, educational institutions and cities (free to register) to join the United Nations Global Compact and 1,000 business CEOS to sign and send in a commitment letter to support Caring 4 Climate Campaign. Achieving that milestone would kick off the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 by establishing a Worldwide Community Resiliency Network to “Leave No One Behind”



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