First "Harvest the Future" International Symposium showcases grassroots successes to improve livelihoods and agricultural yields for communities around the world

Sterling, Va, Virginia, UNITED STATES

STERLING, Va., Feb. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Around the world, 165 million children are plagued by chronic lack of food and nutrition. More people are beginning to look at the complex relationship between small-scale agricultural production and food and nutrition security in poor rural settings. At the grassroots level, real-world solutions are demonstrating the true potential of innovation, particularly in the realm of agriculture.

To explore these possibilities, experts from around the globe will gather at the inaugural Harvest the Future International Symposium in Montego Bay, Jamaica on June 14-17, 2015. Representatives from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Jamaican government ministers will work hand-in-hand with agriculture and nutrition experts to explore the power of innovative agricultural solutions, such as aquaponics, to tackle food security, corporate social responsibility, and climate change.

Hosted by INMED Partnerships for Children, the symposium will provide a unique forum to review and debate a variety of advancements and initiatives in small-scale agriculture aimed at food security, nutrition, climate change and poverty. The conference will provide a platform for sustainable development experts, policy makers, practitioners and private sector leaders to explore challenges and opportunities climate-smart agriculture offers to human well-being while protecting the environment.

"The issues are complex, with no one-size-fits-all solution," states Dr. Linda Pfeiffer, president and CEO of INMED Partnerships for Children. "This symposium will provide a unique opportunity for international development stakeholders to join an evidence-based review of grassroots agricultural programs that are offering solutions to critical issues relating to climate change, food security, and agricultural yields in a range of diverse settings, from schools and prisons to cooperatives and individual family units."
About the conference

Harvest the Future International Symposium: Innovations in Climate-Smart Agriculture for Small-Scale Producers, taking place from June 14-17, 2015 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is an annual gathering designed as a platform for sharing the latest advancements and initiatives in small-scale climate-smart agriculture. A diverse group of international experts and distinguished thinkers will explore the challenges and opportunities climate-smart agriculture offers to enhance human well-being while protecting the environment. The 2015 inaugural symposium will focus on important projects in aquaponics that are providing sustainable food sources as well as jobs and hope for communities that struggle under difficult circumstances.
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About INMED Partnerships for Children

Since 1986, INMED Partnerships for Children has built alliances with public- and private-sector partners in more than 100 countries to rescue children from the immediate and irreversible harm of disease, hunger, abuse, neglect, violence or instability, and to prepare them to shape a brighter future for themselves and the next generation. Through a broad range of health, social, education, agriculture, climate change adaptation, income generation and community development programs, INMED is helping to create opportunities that inspire hope, build self-reliance and encourage community collaboration to sustain positive change. For more information, visit


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