Abstract for: The first year of the Agriculture and Food SIG

During its first year the A&F SIG has experimented with a variety of methods to enhance the outcomes of the initial group actions and is planning more future activities. Initial activities promoted opportunities for membersí aggregation and engagement. A dedicated website [http://www.agriculture-and-food.com/] is in development for membership registration and outreach. The A&F also shares information using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. In the first six months, six online meetings have been organized, offering A&F members opportunities to present their models and share and discuss them with the A&F community. Presented SD models covered different areas such as ecohydrology, land and water management, small household farming, animal disease policies and water resource management. In February 2017, with the help of the Society, the SIG started recording meetings with the goal of hosting a dedicated YouTube channel for future sharing. A specified list of future targets has been already planned to enhance the A&F feedback loop promoting systemic networking of the SIG members. The A&F is open to both current members and newcomers for collaboration on model sharing. Volunteers are welcome to help the A&F community grow with new ideas and participation. Consider joining us during 2017 and share your ideas for A&F development!