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Thursday, October 16 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Soil Health & The Fertilizer Gap

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Moderators
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Dr. Pedro Sanchez

2002 World Food Prize Laureate, Director of Agriculture and Food Security Center, Earth Institute at Columbia University
Prof. Pedro Sanchez is the 2002 World Food Prize winner, Director of Tropical Agriculture at the Columbia University Earth Institute, and Professor Emeritus of Soil Science and Forestry at North Carolina State University. Prof. Sanchez served as director general of the International Center for Research in Agroforestry in Kenya creating programs to utilize natural resources to return nutrients to soil. As part of an international team of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Xinping Chen

Dr. Xinping Chen

Director, Center of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, China Agriculture University
Dr. Xinping Chen is a Professor at the College of Resource and Environmental Sciences, China Agricultural University, China. He received his Bachelor and Master degree from China Agricultural University in 1988 and 2003, and Ph.D. in agricultural science from University of Hohenheim, Germany in 2003. His main research interest is in plant nutrition, nutrient management and crop production. He published more than 90 papers in peer reviewed... Read More →
avatar for Esin Mete

Esin Mete

President, International Fertilizer Industry Association
Esin Mete is the President of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and the CEO of Toros-Agri. Mete is a chemical engineer by profession, holding a BSc from Bosphorus University, and a problem-solver by vocation. She led the effort to produce zinc-enhanced NPK fertilizers, thus pioneering micronutrient fertilization in Turkey, her home country. A vocal advocate for food and nutrition security, Mete strongly believes in the... Read More →
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Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas

Executive Director, The Mosaic Company Foundation
Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas leads the strategy for integrating corporate social responsibility with a diverse portfolio of partnerships, including community investment, sustainable agriculture, global food security and nutrient stewardship. At Mosaic, Kari works with both internal and external stakeholder teams across multiple geographies in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. She manages the award-winning Mosaic Villages Project, a cross-climactic... Read More →
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Dr. Ruth Oniang’o

Chair, Sasakawa Africa Association
Ruth Oniang’o was formerly a professor of Food Science and Nutrition at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Nairobi, Kenya. She was the first nutrition professor in Kenya and one of the first woman professors in nutrition throughout sub-Saharan AfricaOniang’o founded Rural Outreach Africa, a grassroots-based development organization connecting research with rural communities. She is also the founder and... Read More →
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Dr. Amit Roy

President and CEO, International Fertilizer Development Center
Dr. Amit Roy, the President and CEO of IFDC, is the founder of the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center. In 2012, Roy was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Global Nutrient Management Project of the United Nations Environment Programme. In 2008, Roy spoke before the Hunger Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives about long-term solutions to enhance global food security. He played a pivotal leadership role in the 2006 Africa Fertilizer... Read More →


Thursday October 16, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)