2020 Program and Speakers

2020 Invited Speakers

Jess Halliday, PhD – Keynote Speaker

Jess Halliday is an associate of the RUAF Global Partnership on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems. She is presently working with partners from the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at Wilfrid Laurier University and the CGIAR Water Land and Ecosystems programme on a project led by the FAO to strengthen resilience of city region food systems to climate-related shocks and stresses. Before joining RUAF in 2018 Jess worked with the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food (IPES-Food) to author a report on the drivers of urban food policies, What Makes Urban Food Policy Happen?; and for French research institute Cirad, where she conducted research for the UNESCO Chair on World Food Systems. Jess spent her early career as a journalist and TV researcher. Jess holds a PhD and an MSc in food policy from the Centre for Food Policy, City University London, and gained her bachelor’s degree from Cambridge University. She lives in the small village near city of Montpellier in southern France. Click here to learn more about Dr. Halliday.

Session Title – Climate Impacts on Regional Food Systems

Charles Rice, PhD – Invited Speaker

Dr. Rice grew up in Yorkville, Illinois which had a population of about 1,500 people at the time. Throughout the years he became involved in many aspects of 4-H. Rice received his B.S. in Geography from Northern Illinois University. He then completed his Masters and Doctorate from the University of Kentucky. In 1988 Rice joined the Agronomy faculty at K-State. Rice specializes in soil microbiology, carbon cycling, and climate change. His extensive research has allowed him to gain helpful insight in order to help his students. Dr. Rice spends his remaining free time relaxing by doing the things that he enjoys most, reading and gardening. Click here for more information about Dr. Rice.

Session Title – Coming Soon!

Mark Winne – Invited Speaker

From 1979 to 2003, Mark Winne was the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System (HFS), a private nonprofit agency that works on food and hunger issues in the Hartford, Connecticut area. From 2002 until 2004, Mark was a Food and Society Policy Fellow, a position supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Mark currently writes, speaks, and consults extensively on community food system topics including hunger and food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community food assessment, and food policy. Since 2013, Mark has served as a Senior Advisor at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future where he works on local and state food policy. He is the author of Food Town, USA (Island Press 2019), Stand Together or Starve Alone: Unity and Chaos in the U.S. Food Movement (Praeger Press 2018), Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (Beacon Press 2008), and Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture (Beacon Press, 2010). Mark now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College and a master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University. Click here to learn more about Mark!

Session Title – The Hydra-Headed Food System: Imagining the Whole and Connecting the Dots

Elizabeth Mitcham, PhD – Invited Speaker

Elizabeth Mitcham is director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab, a USAID-funded program housed in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis, which advances fruit and vegetable research to support the needs of smallholder farmers in developing countries. As director, Mitcham oversees the program as a whole and is responsible for external relations, strategic planning and financial management. She also serves as a technical resource on horticulture and handling of produce after harvest to reduce postharvest losses. She joined the program as its associate director in 2009 and has served as the program’s director since 2011. Mitcham joined the UC Davis faculty in 1992 as a UC Cooperative Extension specialist. She holds degrees in horticulture from the University of Maryland (Ph.D. and B.S.) and North Carolina State University (M.S.). Click here to lean more about Dr. Mitcham!

Session Title – The Role of Urban Farming in Nutrition Security

Jill Clark, PhD – Invited Speaker

Professor Clark’s research is agrifood system policy and practice, centering on community and state governance of food systems, the policy process, and community engagement. Primarily using a community-based research approach, she works with local communities across the United States.

Currently, Professor Clark provides statewide leadership for the Ohio Network of Food Policy Councils and national leadership as an advisory board member for Johns Hopkins Food Policy Network. Internationally, Clark was just awarded a the Fulbright Chair in North American Politics at Carleton University for a comparative study entitled, “Scaling-up food democracy: An analysis of Canadian and U.S. food policy councils.” Locally, she is a member of the executive committee of the Franklin County Local Food Council, board member of Neighborhood Services, a local food pantry, and board member of Best Food Forward.

Professor Clark has a Ph.D. in geography from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Click here to learn more about Dr. Clark!

Session Title – Coming Soon!





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