Agrosecurity Program Area Work Group (PAWG)
Purpose and Scope of the Agrosecurity PAWG
Agrosecurity is a framework of programs, activities, and outreach that aid in protecting food and agriculture systems from all hazards, whether natural, accidental, or deliberate. The EDEN Agrosecurity Program Area Work Group (PAWG) encourages the development and use of teaching and outreach materials for Extension professionals to address these issues.
History of PAWG
EDEN formed its Agrosecurity Program Area Work Group (PAWG) to address challenges concerning the security of production agriculture and the food supply. One of the Agrosecurity PAWG's first tasks was to create the EDEN Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Preparedness (S-CAP) pilot workshops. The workshops empower local Extension personnel and other community partners to:
- Build capacity to handle agricultural issues during an emergency or disaster.
- Improve networking among stakeholders who can plan for and respond to emergencies.
- Develop Community Agrosecurity Planning (CAP) teams to establish or enhance agrosecurity components within existing local EOPs.
More than 40 S-CAP workshops have been completed since 2009, enabling communities to improve disaster preparation, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts.
Goals and Objectives of PAWG
- Identify, review, and assess Agrosecurity PAWG priorities
- Engage Extension professionals in agrosecurity outreach
- Build and strengthen partnerships with national training centers and other organizations
The EDEN PAWG elects a Chair and Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect annually. Its members are Extension specialists who have diverse backgrounds in disaster preparedness, plant health, animal health, and food safety but have a common interest in preventing intentional, accidental, or natural agricultural disasters. The group holds bi-monthly conference calls as well as an annual meeting that is held in conjunction with the EDEN annual meeting.
Anyone who is interested in promoting agrosecurity by developing and conducting educational programs to protect agriculture and our food supply is welcome to join PAWG. Contact the chair: Andrea Higdon (KY)