Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture


19th Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture

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How can the Global South strengthen agricultural systems and accelerate agricultural production to deliver broad access to affordable, safe and nutritious foods, while at the same time protecting and improving natural ecosystems, and reducing poverty and inequality?

These are formidable challenges. Our current technology, policies, institutions, and financial instruments are not up to the job. Innovation will be absolutely critical. But is the world investing in the right areas and approaches to innovation to make the massive changes that are needed?

This year's Bentley Lecture is in collaboration with the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI).
The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI) is bringing together eminent Global South scientists, policy-makers, farming experts and others to tackle these challenging questions and recommend priority areas for international support.


Innovation to Sustainably Intensify Agriculture in the Global South

Dr. Ruben Echeverría

Dr. Ruben Echeverría is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, DC and Director General Emeritus at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

Dr. Echeverría was Executive Director of the Science Council of the CGIAR during the mid-2000s. He worked in agricultural, environmental, and rural development issues for more than a decade at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, DC. Dr. Echeverría studied Agronomy in Uruguay and Agriculture and Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota.

February 23, 2021
3:00 PM
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The lecture is named in honor of Dr. Fred Bentley. Dr. Bentley's academic career, mainly at the University of Alberta, spanned over 36 years and included Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1958 to 1968.

Each year the University of Alberta invites a speaker of international renown to present current research and updates in areas relating to soil science, agricultural production methods, and sustainable agriculture. Current students and faculty members as well as members of the public benefit from these presentations.

The purpose of the endowment is to support the Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture. This Lecture Series will allow leading national and international speakers to present novel and innovative research and/or to discuss current issues in sustainable agriculture. The Lecture Series will also provide the opportunity for students to engage in these topical discussions. Funds may be used to provide honoraria, reimburse travel related expenses for the speaker (transportation, accommodation, hosting), and any other expenses related to the lecture series (publicity).

The Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture is supported by earnings from the Bentley Lecture Endowment Fund. If you have been impacted by Dr Fred Bentley or the work he did in critical areas, you can make a gift by clicking below.

Academic Lead
Brent Swallow
Tel: 780 492 6656

Department Chair
Ellen Macdonald
Tel: 780 492 6722