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ECWG Dinner: Feeding All and Saving The Planet: A circular food economy focused on insect farming for food and feed in a changing climatE with presentation by Dorte Verner, ph.d.

September 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Explorers Club Members, Associates/Friends, Members’ Guests and Non-Members’ Guest List You are cordially invited to the September 2022 ECWG dinner meeting at the Cosmos Club, w/ after-dinner presentations by Dorte Verner, Ph.D.

About the Presentation

Hard-fought development gains are now under threat. Every day there are signs of deepening climate change, dwindling natural resources, and intensifying food and nutrition insecurity amid a global pandemic that has challenged people’s ability to afford a healthy diet. 

Interestingly, some relief from today’s woes may come from ancient human practices. While current agri-food production models rely on abundant supplies of water, energy, and arable land and generate significant greenhouse gas emissions in addition to forest and biodiversity loss, past practices point toward more affordable and sustainable paths. 

Different forms of insect farming and soilless crop farming, or hydroponics, have existed for centuries. This presentation will make a persuasive case for how frontier agriculture, particularly insect and hydroponic farming, can complement conventional agriculture. Both technologies reuse society’s agricultural and organic industrial waste to produce nutritious food and animal feed without continuing to deplete the planet’s land and water resources, thereby converting the world’s wasteful linear food economy into a sustainable, circular food economy. 

As the presentation and accompanying report show, insect and hydroponic farming can create jobs, diversify livelihoods, improve nutrition, and provide many other benefits in fragile, conflict-affected countries. Together with other investments in climate-smart agriculture, such as trees on farms, conservation agriculture, and sustainable livestock, these technologies are part of a promising menu of solutions that can help countries move their land, food, water, and agriculture systems toward greater sustainability and reduced emissions. This is a crucial consideration as the World Bank renews its commitment to support countries’ climate action plans. 

This work is a first attempt to look at insect and hydroponic farming as possible solutions to the world’s climate and food and nutrition security crisis and may represent a new chapter in the World Bank’s evolving efforts to help feed and sustain the planet. Dorte hopes the presentation will ignite further discussions and inspire concrete actions toward fully capturing the vast opportunities provided by insect and hydroponic farming as part of revamped, high-performing food systems that provide healthy and sustainable diets for all. 

About our Speaker

Dorte Verner, Ph.D., is a Lead Economist in the Agriculture and Food Global with the World Bank. She is a development practitioner and researcher that works on socioeconomic development, including food security, jobs, climate change, and the fragility, conflict, and violence agenda. Dorte has more than 30 years of experience developing knowledge and projects worldwide. Previously, Dorte served as the Principal Economist at the IADB, where she led the evaluation of climate change. Before joining the World Bank, Dorte worked as a researcher in the OECD, the European University Institute, and Paris I, and as an innovator in the private sector in São Paolo, Brazil.  She has published numerous books, articles in peer-reviewed journals, and reports on development issues. Dorte is an award-winning Economist and Photographer. She has worked all over the world with communities, policymakers, and research institutions to improve the life and well-being of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Dorte has also won numerous awards for her photography documenting the resilience of indigenous people, refugees, and other vulnerable populations. Dorte loves learning from people all over the world, including about their lives, livelihood, and the food they eat and produce. 

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September 17
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Austin Ager


The Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington DC, 20008 United States
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