As a world leader in agriculture innovation and development, Jeff Raikes, Co-founder Raikes Foundation & Daughterly Water for Food Board Chair, was a guiding source throughout the formation of the institute. He is said to be the inspiration for this conference when it comes to the concept of local solutions to global challenges. Jeff is stepping down from the board, yet committed to future engagement of it’s success.
In honor of his years of service, Executive Director, Water for Food, Peter McCornick, recognized Jeff as a Water for Food Champion. Listen to the awards presentation here: Special Presentation for Jeff Raikes
Jeff presented during the opening Plenary session during the conference and said, “I have a challenge for you. I am grateful you are here, but I want you to be more than an attendee. I want you to be an active partner. I want you to challenge ideas, share your experiences. I want you to meet new people and make new connections. We have an audacious goal of a world of water and food security. Collectively we have the power to scale solutions.”
Listen to Jeff’s complete presentation here: Jeff Raikes, Water for Food Board Chair
View and download photos from the event here: 2017 Water for Food Global Conference