Green Mountain College is delighted to welcome Dr. Barbara Gemmill-Herren as the Visiting Scholar for the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) Residency and Sustainable Food Systems Solutions Symposium from February 21-24. Dr. Gemmill-Herren will deliver a public keynote entitled, Implementing Agroecological Solutions (on the Wings of Pollinators) at 7pm on Feb. 21st in Ackley Hall, with welcoming remarks from Dr. Robin Currey, Director of the MSFS Program. This event will be live-streamed, and the general public is welcome to attend.
In addition to sharing her expertise on pollination services, agroecology, and ecosystem services throughout the three-day Sustainable Food Systems Solutions Symposium, Dr. Gemmill-Herren will offer a special three-hour workshop to GMC graduate and undergraduate students on “Elements of Agroecological Knowledge: What We Know, What We Need to Learn,” in which she will be joined by her husband Dr. Hans Herren, also an internationally renowned agroecology expert.
Until she retired in 2015, Dr. Gemmill-Herrin was Delivery Manager for the Major Area of Work on Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). She was previously director of Environment Liaison Centre International, international environmental non-governmental organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Within the FAO, she built and coordinated a global project on Pollination Services, implemented in Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, India, Pakistan and Nepal. In her last five years at FAO, she has been responsible for FAO’s work on Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Production, and has been central to FAO’s new focus on Agroecology.
Since leaving FAO, she has been a contributor to the UN initiative on “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food” – exploring True Cost Accounting in Agriculture – and has led the “Beacons of Hope” initiative of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. This initiative seeks to develop a framework bringing together evidence and stories of transitions towards more sustainable food and agriculture systems. She is currently a senior associate of the World Agroforestry Center. She and her husband Hans live on their small farm in Capay Valley, California where they aim to intercrop an indigenous breed of sheep with wine grapes.
Notable among her many projects and publications in agroecology is the “Agroecology Knowledge Hub,” an ongoing collaborative project that has broad international support and participation (see http://www.fao.org/agroecology/knowledge/10-elements/en/ ). A comprehensive overview of her work may be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Barbara_Gemmill-Herren.
More detailed information about the MSFS Residency and the Sustainable Food Systems Solutions Symposium may be found here: