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Tuesday, October 14 • 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Inaugural Iowa India Summit

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Join us for a discussion on India's agricultural challenges with particular focus on water management and soil health. ​Followed by presentation on projects on water and agriculture​ by Iowa Schools and University Interns.
Panel Discussion
Moderated By: Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, Founder M S Swaminatahn Foundation
Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, 2014 World Food Prize Laureate
Dr. Gurudev Khush, 1996 World Food Prize Laureate
Dr. S. K. Vasal , 2000 World Food Prize Laureate

Student Project Presentation
Coordinated by:  Dr. Yogesh Shah, Associate Dean - Global Health
Ms. Julie Perreult, Iowa State University
Ms. Lillianne Brown, Iowa City High school
Ms. Mary Weber & Mr. Eric Mortenson, University of Iowa

RSVP to: Jay Sehgal, jay.sehgal@smsfoundation.org

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Dr. MS Swaminathan

1987 World Food Prize Laureate
M.S. Swaminathan was named the first World Food Prize Laureate in 1987 for developing and spearheading the introduction of high-yielding wheat and rice varieties into India during the 1960s when that country faced the prospect of widespread famine. Wheat production doubled in just a few years, making the country self-sufficient and saving millions from extreme food deprivation. Swaminathan served as Principal Secretary of the Ministry of... Read More →

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Dr. Gurdev Khush

1996 World Food Prize Laureate and Professor, University of California Davis
Dr. Gurdev Singh Khush developed more than 200 modern varieties of Rice that helped advert massive hunger caused by population booms across the world. Because farmers adopted these modern varieties, the world's supply of rice doubled in just 25 years--from 257 million tons in 1966 to 520 million tons in 1990. More than 60% of the worlds' rice fields are planted with varieties developed under his leadership. During his career at IRRI, Khush has... Read More →
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Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram

2014 World Food Prize Laureate
The eminent plant scientist Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, born in India and a citizen of Mexico, will be honored as the 2014 World Food Prize Laureate for his scientific research that led to a prodigious increase in world wheat production – by more than 200 million tons – building upon the successes of the Green Revolution. His breakthrough breeding technologies have had a far-reaching and significant impact in providing more nutritious... Read More →
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Dr. Surinder Vasal

2000 World Food Prize Laureate
2000 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Surinder Vasal was born April 12, 1938, in Amritsar, India, where he grew up. He completed his university education at various institutions in India and earned a Ph.D. in genetics and plant breeding from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. In 1959, Dr. Vasal launched his career as a researcher for the Department of Agriculture in Himachal Pradesh and later worked as a maize breeder at Himachal... Read More →

Tuesday October 14, 2014 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Des Moines Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

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