2001 – 2nd GCHERA Conference

The Second Global Conference, held in 2001, in San Francisco, California, USA.

The 2001 conference, which met in San Francisco from July 12-14, attracted over 200 educators and research scientists from 50 countries around the world. The participants heard from prominent leaders on a variety of subjects addressing the conference theme: “Higher Education and Research for Agriculture and Food Systems in the 21st Century”. The presenters were grouped under four major sub-themes: New Science in a New Century; The Changing Nature of Food Systems and the University Response; Agricultural Curricula for the 21st Century; and organizing the University of the Future.

Retiring Consortium President Martin C. Jischke summarized that two important understandings were confirmed during the meeting. First, participants agreed that a need clearly exists for an international organization such as GCHERA. People in agriculture, higher education, and research must work together to play a pivotal role in gaining food security and environmental integrity. Second, participants confirmed that globalization makes the type of cooperation that is possible through an organization such as GCHERA absolutely central to the future.

President Jischke challenged participants to begin to give GCHERA a “common voice”, and suggested five key messages that could apply to the work of the consortium.

  • Food security, on one hand, and environmental stability on the other, are challenges that we must tackle simultaneously.
  • Solutions absolutely require global collaboration.
  • Effective, visionary leadership is key in accomplishing the work that awaits us.
  • We have much to learn from one another.
  • Research and education will be key elements for success.

To view the complete proceedings from the first global conference, please click here to download the first part, and click here to download the second part.

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