Eugenia Saini is currently FONTAGRO’s Executive Secretary. FONTAGRO is the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology. She leads the investment fund and a portfolio of 70 international operations related to science, technology, and innovation for the Latin America and the Caribbean region. She is from Argentina and is an agronomist by training. She holds a doctorate in agricultural sciences, specializing in total factor productivity analysis. One of her seminal works in this field was the estimation of 120 years of TFP for the agricultural sector in Argentina. She is also a National Public Accountant and holds an MS in Food and Agribusiness and an MS in Applied Economics, both from Universidad de Buenos Aires. She has worked in the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally, especially in multilateral banks. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at Cornell University and, more recently, with the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA) Scholarship at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.
Roger Thurow, Best-Selling Author, To Speak at Virginia Tech
August 15, 2019
On September 16, 2019, the Virginia Tech College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Global Programs Office will host best-selling author Roger Thurow for a series of public events, as part of its Global Agricultural Productivity (GAP) Initiative.
Roger Thurow is an expert on agricultural development and speaks often on high-visibility platforms related to nutrition, hunger, and agriculture in the United States, Europe, and Africa. For 20 years, he was a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century–along with 10 Olympic Games.
In 2003, he and Wall Street Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. Their reporting on humanitarian and development issues was also honored by the United Nations. Thurow and Kilman are authors of the book ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award.
He is also the author of The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, and his most recent book, The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—and the World, was published in May 2016. Roger Thurow joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow on global food and agriculture in January 2010.
Events Open to the Public (9/16/2019)
Politics of Food Security and Nutrition: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (EDT), Newman Library Multipurpose Room
The global food price crisis of 2007-2008 was a wake-up call for the global community, demonstrating that the world is unprepared to sustainably produce enough nutritious food for a growing population.
Roger will provide insights into how policymakers are addressing the complex environmental, economic, and human challenges to achieving food and nutrition security. He will also share stories about the people whose lives and livelihoods hang in the balance, including African smallholder farmers and undernourished mothers and children around the world.
The Last Hunger Season: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM (EDT), Fralin Hall Auditorium
Many of the world’s small-scale farmers struggle to make a living and many spend large portions of the year without enough food to eat. In 2011, a group of farmers in Kenya came together to change their odds for success—and their families’ futures. Roger Thurow spent a year following the progress of four women farmers in this community and recorded their struggles and aspirations in his book, The Last Hunger Season.
Roger will share the stories of these remarkable women and their determination to end the hunger season. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities for smallholder farmers in Africa.
Questions or press inquiries, please contact Ann Steensland, GAP Initiative Lead: email@example.com; 540-231-3990.