2019 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium

  • 17th October 2019
  • by secretary
16-18 October 2019. Des Moines, Iowa. The “Borlaug Dialogue,” each year brings together over 1,200 people from more than 65 countries to address cutting-edge issues related to global food security and nutrition. The three-day conference convenes a wide array of scientific experts, policy leaders, business executives and farmers and has been called “the premier conference in the world on global agriculture.” Through the Borlaug Dialogue, the World Food Prize Foundation helps build alliances in the struggle against world hunger and malnutrition.

The theme for the 2019 Symposium, “Pax Agricultura: Peace Through Agriculture,” addressed the increasingly intersectional issues of food security, conflict and development. With topics ranging from religion, diplomacy, climate, scientific innovation, and corporate leadership, this year’s Dialogue served as an opportunity to take stock of the current state of global agriculture and food security.

Extracts of the programme:

Panel | Healing the Wounds: The Power of Agriculture in Post-Conflict Recovery

Panel | Food Security in the Next Decade: The Power of the Private Sector

Keynote | The Gates Initiative Ten Years Later

Panel | The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

Panel | Getting to Zero Hunger: Research for Resiliency

Panel | Collaboration or Catastrophe: Global Trends in Agricultural Development

2019 Borlaug Dialogue Breakout Sessions

U.S. – Africa Forum on Agricultural Technology

The U.S.-Africa AgTech Forum brought together stakeholders from government, business, academia and multilateral institutions to take stock of the agriculture sector in Africa and identify opportunities to enhance efficiency, productivity, and sustainability by incorporating technology across agricultural value chains.
  • Mwangi Kiunjuri – Cabinet Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, & Irrigation for the Republic of Kenya
  • Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful – Minister of Communications for the Republic of Ghana
  • Dr. Jennifer Blanke – Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development – African Development Bank
  • Dr. Ed Mabaya – Manager, Agribusiness Development – African Development Bank
  • Parmesh Shah – Global Lead for Rural Livelihoods and Agricultural Jobs – World Bank
  • Tavonga Alex Siyavora – Program Manager – John Deere
  • Kommy Weldemarian – Chief Scientist – IBM Research- Africa
  • Mark Edge – Director of Collaborations for Developing Countries – Bayer
  • Mark Chiavello – Representative of South Africa to the United States – Standard Bank
  • Sara Eckhouse – Executive Director – Foodshot Global
  • Paul Sheppard – Founder Future Farms
  • Aboubacar Karim – CEO Investiv
  • Jehiel Oliver – CEO Hello Tractor
  • Paul Sheppard – Co-Founder – Future Farms South Africa

Systems for Change: Seeds and Vegetables to Transform Smallholder Agriculture for Global Food and Nutrition Security
Vegetable crops play a key role in addressing the triple burden of malnutrition (undernutrition, overweight and obesity) rapidly rising in many countries. Yet, due to a lack of quality seed, the power of vegetables remains an under-utilized tool for curbing these alarming trends. Backed by a more robust seed system, smallholder farmers can produce safe, nutritious vegetables to promote healthy diets, generate rural employment, and develop sustainable businesses for themselves and their communities.

  • Vimlendra Sharan – Director, Liaison Office for North America – FAO
  • David Beckmann – President Bread for the World and 2010 World Food Prize Laureate
  • Kenneth Quinn – President World Food Prize
  • Simon Groot – 2019 World Food Prize Laureate
  • Rob Bertram – Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security – USAID
  • Marco Ferroni – Chair, System Management Board CGIAR
  • Josephine Okot – Managing Director Victoria Seeds Ltd
  • Lindiwe Sibanda – Board Member World Vegetable Center
  • Ann Tutwiler – Strategic Adviser, Transforming Agri-Food Systems, and Board Chair Access to Seeds Foundation
Feed the Future Innovation Labs: The Global Payoff of Investing in Research for Development
This event showcased the innovations developed through the Feed the Future Innovation Labs and how they improve incomes and livelihoods in developing countries and provide benefits to the U.S. Six Innovation Lab’s will present findings BIFAD-commissioned study: “How the United States Benefits from Investments in Developing Country Agriculture and Food Security”.
  • Dr. Adegbola Adesogan – Director, Livestock Systems Innovation Lab and Chair Council of Innovation Lab Directors – University of Florida
  • Dr. Jack Payne – Associate Vice -President Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Florida, Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences
  • Beth Dunford – Assistant to the Administrator – USAID, Bureau for Food Security
  • Gebisa Ejeta – Board member, Board for Food and International Development (BIFAD); WFP laurate; Distinguished Professor – Purdue University
  • Brady Deaton – Board member, BIFAD; Chancellor Emeritus – University of Missouri
  • Tim Dalton – Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet – Kansas State University
  • Peter Goldsmith – Director, Soybean Innovation Lab – University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Pamela Anderson – Board member, BIFAD; Director General Emeritus – International Potato Center (CIP)