Smallholder coffee farmers operate in a world of risk. Rapidly changing prices, adverse weather, pests, and disease – alone or together, these shocks can quickly undo the promise of a successful coffee growing season and severely diminish smallholders’ incomes and food security.How can smallholder coffee farmers better manage risk? Drawing from the experiences of Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program partners – Farm Africa/Root Capital, Neumann Gruppe GmbH, and Oikocredit – this webinar offers a global perspective on innovative risk-management initiatives that are enabling smallholders to reap more rewards and face less risk as they cultivate this high-value crop.Panelists will share insights and lessons learned ranging from non-profit- and lender-driven specialized trainings that help coffee farmers manage volatile price fluctuations, to private sector businesses that deliver financing, inputs, and technical know-how into their supply chains to help farmers mitigate risk while contributing to a more sustainable coffee industry.Join USAID’s Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program for a webinar on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM EST to discuss these issues. Introductory remarks will be given by USAID Market System Specialist Melissa Schweisguth about the Agency’s global coffee sector initiatives. An overview by Partnering for Innovation Program Director Laura Harwig will follow, highlighting how the program’s innovative partnerships are equipping smallholder coffee farmers to better manage and respond to risk. Representatives from program partners will then share perspectives and insights during a facilitated exchange. An audience question-and-answer session will conclude the webinar.Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (GMT -4)
Vaccines, Variants, and the Future of the Pandemic Response: A Conversation With Dr. Soumya Swaminathan
About the Event
On Wednesday, June 16, Devex will host a conversation presented by GCI Health with the World Health Organization’s chief scientist, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine rollout, how the latest research is developing, and what more can be done to ensure vaccine equity.
Swaminathan was appointed WHO’s first chief scientist in March 2019. A pediatrician from India and a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she brings with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research and has strived throughout her career to translate this work into impactful programs.
This exclusive conversation with Devex Associate Editor Amruta Byatnal will examine the challenges of combating COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and misinformation, how governments can prepare for another wave of cases amid emerging variants, and what to expect from therapeutics in the months to come.
Time: 9 AM ET | 3 PM CET