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Ending Hunger Sustainably through Evidence-Based Consensus

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 12:20pm to 1:10pm

Emerson Hall, 135

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a global commitment by development agencies and governments to pledge resources towards intractable problems like global poverty and hunger that span economic, social and policy sectors. But we live in a time of an unprecedented amount of information, and given the scale of the SDGs, it can be easy to misunderstand or dismiss scientific evidence, thereby seriously impairing the ability of governments and donors to make informed decisions. Evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM), which arose in response to the research/policy gap in various sectors, provides a model under which scientific evidence can be made with greater focus, reliability, and transparency. Agricultural Consensus-based Interventions to End hunger Sustainably Initiative (ACIES), a new initiative led by Cornell University and in partnership with Duke University, International Food Research Policy Institute (IFPRI), Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and Nature Research, is responding to the need for current evidence to strengthen the global agricultural development community as it makes priority investments in line with achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Join us for a discussion about how we combine expert knowledge with innovations in data science and evidence-methods to accelerate coordinated and evidence-based action.

Jaron Porciello is Associate Director for Research Data Engagement and Training for International Programs in CALS. Her research interests center around questions of group-work and international science collaboration where information, research, and technology are central to the work at hand. Jaron also is interested in how changes in science and technology policy impact all people. Jaron brings more than seven years of academic experience with digital strategy and evidence-based science to her role with the Alliance for Science. Past projects include: management of the membership sustainability initiative for;  director of TEEAL, a world agricultural science information resource; and program manager for training services for Research4Life, a United Nations public-private partnership. Jaron holds dual Masters degrees in Library and Information Sciences and English from Indiana University.

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Jaron Porciello

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