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Jumpstarting the Next Revolution in Food and Agriculture


World Bank Headquarters 1818 H St NW
Washington, DC, United States
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Apr 19, 2017 (Wed), 11:00am-12:30pm (US EST)


Mark your calendars and prepare to be inspired on April 19, 2017, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. The World Bank will be hosting young entrepreneurs who are innovating to help the poor, make food and agriculture more sustainable, and tackle the growing health and nutrition agenda. Working in Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Europe and the Americas, these 5 women and men are creating the jobs and opportunities of tomorrow. Their business models draw on mobile apps, the shared economy, trash-eating insects, solar panels, tropical fruit and pierced hoses…Please tune-in to find out more about the people investing in the next revolution in food and agriculture.  
External visitors may join us online, or in person at World Bank headquarters (1818 H St NW, Washington DC) by requesting a visitor pass from Beaulah Noble (bnoble@worldbank.orgor Marlene Sims (msims@worldbank.org) by April 14. Tea and coffee will be served.

Hunger and obesity, waste and water scarcity -- food production in 2017 is plagued with contradictions and often seems to lag behind the times. We urgently need to jumpstart a revolution in the way we produce and consume food so that we can feed the world’s population -- without leaving people behind, making them sick, or degrading the planet. This event will showcase young entrepreneurs and mission-driven leaders who are trying to fix the food and agriculture system while creating the jobs and business opportunities of tomorrow. 

Speakers include Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank CEO; Jehiel Oliver, founder and CEO of Hello Tractor (shared tractor service by SMS in Nigeria and Kenya); Annie Ryu, founder and CEO of the Jackfruit Company (Indian farmers supplying a meat alternative in US market);  Nataliey Bitature, founder and COO of Musana Carts (solar powered food carts providing safe food and improved livelihoods in Kampala, Uganda);  Kees Aarts, founder and CEO of Protix (turning waste into protein via insects), and Yoav Zeif, president of Americas Division at Netafim (climate-smart drip irrigation pioneered in Israel, spreading to other regions).


Chief Executive Officer, IBRD/IDA, WBG
Founder and CEO of Hello Tractor
Founder and CEO of the Jackfruit Company
Founder and Head of Operations at Musana carts
Founder and CEO of Protix
Head of the Americas and Head of Product Offering and Marketing, at Netafim
Newscaster, Lima, Peru


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