Luncheon on December 12, 2019


Global Challenges for Food and Agriculture


Boyd Haight

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (Retired)


More than 800 million people around the world do not have sufficient food, while obesity is on the rise in both developed and developing countries. In the next 30 years, world agriculture production will need to double in order to meet the growing demand for food caused by an increasing global population and changing food consumption patterns. Both this increased demand and access to food are challenged by conflict, poverty, climate change, and pressure on productive resources, especially soils and water. How should the international community respond?

In his address to our organization, Boyd Haight, former Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, will discuss the opportunities that are available to address such challenges. These include improved technology, education, trade, access to information, and international cooperation.

Mr. Haight retired from the FAO in 2018 after a 35-year career with the United Nations. During that time, he worked in more than 50 countries, and lived in the Central African Republic, Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe; for the last 22 years of his career, he was based at FAO headquarters in Rome. In retirement, he continues to serve as a Special Advisor to the FAO, focusing on long-term strategy, policy, and planning in agriculture and fisheries development. A fourth-generation Californian, Mr. Haight holds a BA degree from Stanford University and an MA from the University of California, Davis.


  • Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • Hearts of Romaine Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Roasted Red Potatoes
  • Vegetable Medley
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Tortellini with Pesto Cream Sauce and Parmesan Cheese

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests


Reservations are due by December 9 for this December 12 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.  Audience seating for the lecture only may be available, depending on room capacity, on a first-come, first-served basis.


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