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Wednesday, October 15 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
Drought and Disease Tolerance for Food Security

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Organized by CropLife International and the International Food Policy Research Institute

Between now and 2050, staple crop yields are expected to fall by nearly a third as weather becomes more volatile, droughts become more intense and pest pressures skyrocket due to climate change. We will face a difficult future where maize, rice and wheat prices could nearly double while malnourishment and hunger rise to historic levels.1 However, we can avoid this if we act now to implement new policies and encourage adoption of targeted farm technologies. We can improve yields in drought-stricken areas like East Africa, and in wheat fields battling the growing threat of disease.

Please join CropLife International, the International Food Policy Research Institute, farmers and researchers at the World Food Prize to discuss the solutions being developed to help growers adapt to the increasing effects of drought and disease they are experiencing today.

  • Dr Ronnie Coffman, Vice Chair, Borlaug Global Rust institute
  • Dr Sylvester Oikeh, Water Efficient Maize for Africa Project Manager, African Agricultural Technology
  • Nyasha Mudukuti, Sorghum and maize farmer from Zimbabwe
  • Gurjeet Singh Mann, Wheat farmer from India
  • Julie Borlaug, Associate Director of Partnerships for the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University (Moderator)

Lunch will be served

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Wednesday October 15, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Davenport and Dubuque Rooms Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

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