Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium

  • 26th October 2016
  • by secretary

12-14 October 2016. Des Moines, Iowa. The title of the 2016 Borlaug Dialogue was “Let Food Be Thy Medicine,” a quote attributed to Hippocrates approximately 2,400 years ago. It focused on the development and implementation of biofortification, breeding critical vitamins and micronutrients into staple crops, thereby dramatically reducing “hidden hunger” for millions.

The 2016 World Food Prize honored the impact of biofortified crops in positively impacting the

health and nutrition of people around the world.

Extract of the side events programme:

10-11 October 2016. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development hosted an International Food Security Conference. The conference, brought together public- and private-sector partners to discuss issues and challenges related to delivering programs to alleviate hunger and promote long-term food security throughout the world.

Agriculture Innovations for Improved Diets

  • Dr. Howarth Bouis, Program Director, HarvestPlus;
  • Dr. Barry Pittendrigh, Michigan State University;
  • Jennie Lane, Land O’Lakes;
  • Paul Walubita Kachapulula, Borlaug LEAP Fellow

SPS and Food Safety: Building Capacity to Support Trade

  • Dr. Osei Yeboah, PhD., Professor and Director, L. C. Cooper, Jr. International Trade Center North Carolina A&T State University
  • Ms. Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy
  • Dr. Washington Otieno, PhD., Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)
  • Mr. Jim Hershey, American Soybean Association, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health
  • Daniel Orellana, FAS/OCBD/TSCBD
11 October 2016. The Seed Security for Food Security forum focused on public breeding initiatives aimed at smallholders farmers through the CGIAR system, as well as legal aspects of germplasm movement and security through the international treaty landscape.

The focus of this side event was to promote the adoption of advanced science and technological innovations to transform agricultural development in Africa throughout the value chain. There are many investment opportunities in the agricultural production sector and food processing industries that can ensure that Africa doesn’t just market raw materials, but also has the capacity to produce a diversified range of quality food products currently in demand on the global market. To have a successful transformation of Africa, there is need for bringing everyone, i.e. all stakeholders across the value chain to work together through the development of partnerships (PPPs).

The, the Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora (AAAPD) partnered for this event with the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, the Regional Universities Forum (RUFORUM)  , The International Potato Centre (CIP), J.R. Simplot Company and other stakeholders and brought together key African Leaders, the Private Sector, African, American and European Universities to identify key opportunities in Africa to foster the development of strategic partnerships that will help to transform Africa’s agricultural industry.
  • Hon. M. Peter McPherson, former Administrator – USAID and President, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
  • H.E Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi 
  • Her Excellency Ameenah Gruib-Fakim, President of Mauritius 
  • H.E Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank 
  • Hon. Professor Ruth Oniang’o, Professor of Food Science and Nutrition, Chief Executive Secretary Rural Outreach Africa Program
  • Barbara Wells, Director General International Potato Centre (to be confirmed)
  • Haven Baker, Vice President of Simplot Plant Sciences at J.R Simplot company
  • Prof. Karim Maredia, Professor and Program Director, World Technology Access Program (WorldTAP), Entomology Dept, Michigan State University (to be confirmed)
  • Dr. Moses Osiru, Executive Secretary at RUFORUM Secretariat (to be confirmed)
  • Dr. Mima Nedelcovych, President and CEO, Initiative for Global Development
  • Dr. Dianah R. Ngonyama, President –AAAPD; J.R Simplot Company
12 October 2016. Reducing Postharvest Losses in the Developing World: Opportunities and Challenges. The ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss is pleased hosted a panel discussion for global postharvest loss and food security issues.

13 October 2016. Crop Intensification in the Tropics

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean Value Chain Research (Soybean Innovation Lab, SIL) is USAID’s only comprehensive program dedicated to soybean technical knowledge and innovation.

  • Dr. Robert Easter, President Emeritus, University of Illinois
  • Dr. Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, USAID
  • Dr. Michael Robinson, Chief Science Advisor, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture 
2016 Global Agricultural Productivity Report®
October 2016, 72 pages
12 October 2016. 2016 Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®) Release Event.

Dr. Margaret Zeigler, Executive Director of GHI, was joined by a panel of experts to discuss challenges and opportunities for greater global agricultural productivity growth and the need for investment and innovation in order to meet the world’s demand for food, feed, fuel, and fiber in 2050.

The panel discussed five key policies priorities that support productive sustainable agricultural growth, transform agriculture to mitigate climate change and help farmers of all scales remain competitive throughout the ups and downs of the agricultural business cycle.

  • Dr. Keith Fuglie, Economist, Resource and Rural Economics Division. USDA Economic Research Service
  • Ambassador Patricia Haslach, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Ms. Bonnie McClafferty, Director of Agriculture for Nutrition Programs, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
  • Mr. Ben Pratt, Vice President, Corporate Public Affairs, The Mosaic Company & GHI Board Chair

Human and Institutional Capacity Building in African Agricultural Development

  • Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda – Former President of the Republic of Malawi and Founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation
  • Gebisa Ejeta – 2009 World Food Prize Laureate
  • Berhanu Abegaz – Executive Director, African Academy of Sciences
  • Martin Kropff – Director General, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), 
  • Juergen Voegele – Senior Director, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank Group

Luncheon Address H. E. Akinwumi A. Adesina – President, African Development Bank Group.