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Tuesday, October 14
 

12:30pm

BIFAD Public Meeting- Feeding the World in 2050: Agricultural Research Capacity and Youth Engagement

USAID will host a public meeting of its Board for International Food and Agricultural Development at the Marriott Hotel, Salon B, in Des Moines on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. 

BIFAD Chair Brady J. Deaton will lead the meeting; he will be joined by BIFAD members Gebisa Ejeta, Distinguished Professor, Purdue University; Waded Cruzado, President, Montana State University; Harold Martin, Chancellor, North Carolina A&T University; and Marty McVey, President of McVey Investments. The meeting will include the following sessions: Report on the BIFAD HICD study; Updates from USAID on the Feed the Future Initiative; a panel on the Economic Benefits from Global Agricultural Research; and a panel on Youth Engagement in Food Security Efforts. Chair Deaton will present the award for excellence in a Feed the Future Innovation Lab to a faculty member and/or student researcher.  A public comment period of 30 minutes at the end of the meeting will provide opportunity for a robust discussion of issues raised during the meeting.

12:30 pm Chair Brady Deaton opens meeting and reviews agenda
Welcome by BIFAD Chair Brady Deaton
Old and new business
Gebisa Ejeta, BIFAD Board Member, and Vic Lechtenberg, Purdue University - Report on BIFAD HICD study

12:45 pm BIFAD Member Outreach Reports
Chair Brady Deaton – Report on World Edible Legume Researcher Conference hosted by USAID Innovation Lab for Grain Legumes

1:00 pm Panel #1: Needs for agricultural research capacity in order to feed the world in 2050
Moderator: Harold Martin, BIFAD Board Member
Panelists: George Norton, Virginia Tech – Returns to Investment in Agricultural Research
Keith Fuglie, USDA-ERS – Total Factor Productivity Studies

1:45 pm USAID Updates
Tjada McKenna, BFS/AA - Feed the Future Bureau
Richard Greene, USAID/BFS Sr. Deputy Assistant Administrator -USAID Nutrition Strategy
Rob Bertram, BFS Chief Scientist - Feed the Future Research, Policy and Capacity Development

2:15 pm Question/Answer and Comment Period by BIFAD Members and public

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm  Welcome to the World Food Prize by Ambassador Kenneth Quinn

2:50 pm  Panel #2: Youth Engagement in Food Security Efforts
Moderator: Brady Deaton, BIFAD Chair
Panelists: June Henton, Auburn University - Auburn University Hunger Initiative
Gary Burniske, Purdue University - Global Food Security Fellows Program

3:15 pm Question/Answer and Comment Period by BIFAD Members

3:30 pm Innovation Lab Awards

4:00 pm Public comment period (in-person audience & submitted questions)

4:30 pm Closing Remarks & Adjourn


Tuesday October 14, 2014 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Salon B Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

1:00pm

Tanzania - Meeting Tomorrow's Challenges: Conversations Regarding Food, Water, Health, and Education
 Speakers:        
  • Walter Suza, PhD, Agronomist, Iowa State University
  • Stephen Jones, PhD, Iowa State University, Water Projects
  • Kurt Wall, MD, Albinism in Tanzania
  • Sheri Krumm, Lessons Learned in Tanzania

Tuesday October 14, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Salon D Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

2:30pm

Inaugural Iowa India Summit
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

Moderators
avatar for Dr. MS Swaminathan

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gurdev Khush

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 →
avatar for Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram

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 →
avatar for Dr. Surinder Vasal

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)

6:00pm

America’s plenty, America’s waste: A conversation on food security at home and abroad with leading journalists
Public Event: Organized by The Pulitzer Center and The World Food Prize. Join Des Moines Register Executive Business Editor Lynn Hicks and Photographer Rodney White, Filmmaker Karim Chrobog, and MinnPost Reporter Sharon Schmickle for a conversation on food waste in America and the role of Iowa and U.S. businesses in transforming global agriculture. This engaging, multimedia presentation will feature Chrobog's new film "Wasted" and new reporting from Hicks and White's investigation of agricultural reform in China.

Tuesday October 14, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

7:30pm

AWARE Reception: Celebrating Remarkable Women in Agriculture

Join Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences AWARE Reception and start your World Food Prize week with food, drinks and the opportunity to meet and recognize remarkable women in agriculture, special guests, World Food Prize Laureates and Borlaug Field Academy winners.   

AWARE believes that focusing on women in agriculture holds the greatest potential to make significant impact in rural  development.  For more information visit  ip.cals.cornell.edu/AWARE

Please RSVP to Anna Hammond at ag556@cornell.edu 

Limited space is available.

Tuesday October 14, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Dubuque Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)
 
Wednesday, October 15
 

7:00am

Borlaug CAST Communication Award Presentation and Food Dialogues®

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) and DuPont invite you to honor the 2014 Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner on the occasion of the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation.

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, an Animal Genomics and Biotechnology Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, will speak on, The Livestock Revolution. The award presentation will be followed by Food Dialogues® hosted by U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. The Food Dialogues panelists will be discussing GMOs and the Consumer Mindset: Do Perception and Marketing Outweigh Science.

Agenda:
7:00 - 7:30 a.m.  
Complimentary Breakfast sponsored by DuPont Pioneer

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Borlaug CAST Communication Award Program
~ Winner's Remarks: Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam - The Livestock Revolution
 
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  

Food Dialogues hosted by U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance - GMOs and the Consumer Mindset: Do Perception and Marketing Outweigh Science?
Panelists:
Jay ByrnePresident, v-Fluence Interactive
Julie KenneyFarmer, CommonGround Iowa
David SutherlandProfessional Artist & Amateur Animal Rights/Vegan Activist
Alison Van EenennaamCooperative Extension Specialist, Animal Genomics and Biotechnology, University of California--Davis 

This event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is requested by clicking here, or by emailing Melissa Sly at msly@cast-science.org


Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:00am - 10:00am
Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Dubuque Rooms Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

7:00am

Making Family Farming Profitable and Sustainable: Linking Resource Access, Technological Progress and Effective Policies

The goal of the side event is to raise awareness about the opportunities and challenges facing family farms in the 21st century, and share experiences and knowledge on interventions that are needed to make them profitable and sustainable. The side event will feature two panel discussions, the first one focusing on what smallholder farmer’s need to improve and sustain their farming business and the second one on practical interventions, including technologies, policies and institutions needed to support such family farms. Speakers will include family farmers, policy makers, and opinion and business leaders.

RSVP’s should be sent toFAOLOW-IYFF@FAO.ORG


Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:00am - 11:30am
Salons B & C Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

7:30am

Celebrating 60 Years of Improving Food Security for Vulnerable Groups

Join us for a discussion on how U.S. food assistance has evolved in recent years and learn how two USAID partners are transforming landscapes and livelihoods of the very poor to improve food security in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. 

Featuring

  • Dina Esposito, Director, Office of Food for Peace, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Girma Deressa, Chief of Party, Food for the Hungry Ethiopia
  • Faheem Khan, Director of Food Security, CARE


RSVP to: Jessica Hartl, jhartl@usaid.gov


Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:30am - 9:00am
Des Moines Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

9:00am

From Smallholders to Shareholders: Optimizing Private Sector Partnerships for Smallholder Impact

This workshop builds on a new guide, “From Smallholders to Shareholders: A Guide to Optimizing Private Sector Partnerships for Smallholder Impact,” which details how to successfully implement private sector partnerships for smallholder impact. The interactive format highlights case studies from the guide as well as innovative partnerships, licensing and local manufacturing, marketing and distribution, extension and other forms of customer support, and financing. Registration is required at  http://www.partneringforinnovation.org/world-food-prize.aspx. Continental breakfast will be provided.

1. Speaker Presentations

  • USAID: Engaging the Private Sector to Increase Impact and Promote Food Security, Tjada McKenna, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau of Food Security 
  • Business Models: What's Working and Why?

2. Case Studies
Downsizing & Distribution for the Smallholder Market, Eduardo Mendias, Toro 
Building local capacity for Market Access, Idris Ajani, Syngenta Nigeria
Going Local: How Partnering Can Make a Difference, Wesley Meier, CTI
Making Products Affordable Through Innovative Financing, Erwin Alvarez, DelCampo 

3. Audience Q&A
  • A quick-round approach that optimizes information sharing, and provides tailored follow-up with experts


About the Sponsor
Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation is a USAID program focused on finding and commercializing agricultural technologies that can help smallholder farmers. The program helps companies build profitable, sustainable businesses by funding them to launch the most effective technologies into new smallholder markets. The program also facilitates partnerships between USAID Missions and the private sector, and promotes effective business models and practices that bring agricultural technologies to smallholder farmers through its online community the AgTechXChange.


Wednesday October 15, 2014 9:00am - 11:00am
Windows Room Des Moines Downtown Marriott (1st Floor)

9:00am

USDA-FAS Side Event: Food Waste and Food Loss: From Harvest to Landfill

Welcome:

Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President, World Food Prize Foundation

Special Address:

Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, 2014 World Food Prize Laureate

Discussion Moderator:
Roger Mireles, Assistant Deputy Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA) 

Panel:

Dr. Elise Golan, Director for Sustainable Development, Office of the Chief Economist (USDA)

Dr. Steve Sonka, Research Professor, ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss

Dr. George Opit, Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University

Augustus Dery Ninfaa, Postharvest Technologist, Bolgatanaga Polytechnic


Wednesday October 15, 2014 9:00am - 11:30am
Salon A Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

10:30am

Creating Future Leaders: BIFAD and Feed the Future Dialogue on Human and Institutional Capacity Development

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) in coordination with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), would like to invite you to an interactive, two-hour session moderated by World Food Prize Laureate Gebisa Ejeta on the future role of capacity building and higher education in agricultural development.

This Borlaug Dialogue side event will take place on Wednesday, October 15, from 10:30am-12:30pm CDT in the Cedar Rapids Room on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Des Moines Marriott. 

In November 2014, USAID and BIFAD in coordination with APLU will launch a global e-consultation that will include multiple formats of engagement over a period of two weeks. 

The e-consultation will invite feedback from an international audience on recently published reports on capacity development and higher education in agricultural development:

  • African Higher Education: Opportunities for Transformative Change for Sustainable Development
  • Good Practices in Leveraging Long-term Training for Institutional Capacity Strengthening
  • BIFAD Review of Strategic Human and Institutional Capacity Development Issues and the Role of USAID and Title XII under the Feed the Future Programs 

In this interactive session, we invite your feedback on report recommendations and your unique perspectives on how capacity development and higher education could evolve to meet the needs of agricultural development in 2020 and beyond. The USAID/BIFAD/APLU side event will feature brief presentations on report recommendations by report authors followed by a discussion panel and audience engagement.
 

10:30-10:45am - Introduction of Session and welcome
Brady Deaton, BIFAD Chair, Moderator - Welcome
Gebisa Ejeta, World Food Prize Laureate and BIFAD member - Introduction of session issues
Richard Greene, USAID/BFS Sr. Deputy Assistant Administrator - USAID Feed the Future initiatives in HICD
Tag Demment, APLU VP of International Programs - APLU introduction

10:45-11:15am - Brief Overview of Reports from the Report Authors:
Victor Lechtenberg, Purdue University - BIFAD HICD Study
Andrew Gilboy, Associates for Global Change - Good Practices in Leveraging Long-term Training Study
Anne Claire Hervy, APLU - African Higher Education Study

11:15-11:45am - Response to Presentations and Innovative Ideas
Greg Traxler, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Gates experience with HICD programs
Ruth Oniango, Kenyan Agriculture Leader - Perspective on HICD studies
David Bathrick, Retired USAID Agricultural Development Officer - HICD Needs and Reflections

11:45-12:15am - Discussion

12:15-12:30pm - Preview of BIFAD/USAID/APLU e-consultation
Caitlin Nordehn, Cultural Practice

12:30pm - Session Closing
Gebisa Ejeta, World Food Prize Laureate and BIFAD member

 


Wednesday October 15, 2014 10:30am - 12:30pm
Cedar Rapids Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

11:00am

2014 GAP Report® Global Revolutions in Agriculture: The Challenge and Promise of 2050
Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) invites you to the release of its 2014 Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®). Dr. Margaret Zeigler, Executive Director of GHI, will be joined by a panel of experts to discuss troubling trends in the rate of global agricultural productivity growth, as well as promising new revolutions in agriculture – particularly in India – that can help meet the world’s demand for food, feed, fuel, and fiber in 2050.  Paper release event, followed by buffet lunch.

Panelists:

Dr. Dilip Kulkarni, President, Agri-food Division, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd.

Dr. Keith Fuglie, Branch Chief for Resource, Environmental and Science Policy, USDA ERS

Dr. Thomas J. Herlehy, Practice Area Manager for Crops, International Development Division, Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Mr. Jesus Madrazo, Vice President, Corporate Engagement, Monsanto & GHI Board Chair

RSVP and more information at: https://gap2014.eventbrite.com


Wednesday October 15, 2014 11:00am - 1:00pm
Des Moines Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

11:30am

Drought and Disease Tolerance for Food Security
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.

Participants:
  • 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


Please RSVP so we have an accurate headcount for catering:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drought-and-disease-tolerance-for-food-security-tickets-13420407801 

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

1:00pm

Opening Ceremony - The Borlaug Centennial
Speakers
avatar for Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

President, World Food Prize Foundation
On January 1, 2000, Kenneth M. Quinn assumed the presidency of the World Food Prize Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, following a 32-year career as an American diplomat which focused significantly on refugee and humanitarian relief efforts and culminated with his service as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia. For the past 14 years, Ambassador Quinn has endeavored to build the World Food Prize, founded by the Father of the Green... Read More →


Wednesday October 15, 2014 1:00pm - 1:15pm
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

1:15pm

Opening Keynote Address
Speakers
avatar for H. E. Kanayo F. Nwanze

H. E. Kanayo F. Nwanze

President, International Fund for Agricultural Development
Kanayo F. Nwanze, a Nigerian national, was appointed as the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for a second term in February 2013. Nwanze has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security since 2010, and formerly chaired the group. Nwanze has held senior positions at research centres affiliated with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR... Read More →


Wednesday October 15, 2014 1:15pm - 1:35pm
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

1:45pm

The Borlaug Report: Assessing the Greatest Challenge - What Are The Trendlines? Are We On Course?
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kenneth Cassman

Dr. Kenneth Cassman

Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Agronomy, Co-PI, Editor-in-Chief, University of Nebraska, Global Yield Gap Atlas, Global Food Security
Dr. Cassman is the Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Agronomy at the University of Nebraska, and also serves as Chair of the Independent Science and Partnership Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.His research focused on ensuring local and global food security while conserving natural resources and protecting environmental quality for future generations. During his 33-year career as a systems agronomist, he has... Read More →


Wednesday October 15, 2014 1:45pm - 2:10pm
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

2:15pm

The Borlaug Report: Critical Factors in Meeting the Greatest Challenge
Moderators
avatar for Sir Gordon Conway

Sir Gordon Conway

Professor of International Development, Imperial College London
Gordon Conway is a pioneer of sustainable agriculture developed integrated pest management programs for the State of Sabah in Malaysia. He joined Imperial College in 1970 setting up the Centre for Environmental Technology in 1976. In the 1970s and 1980s he lived and worked extensively in Asia and the Middle East, for the Ford Foundation, World Bank and USAID. He directed the Sustainable Agriculture Programme at IIED and became representative of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Leo Abruzzese

Dr. Leo Abruzzese

Global Forecasting Director and Director of Public Policy, Economist Intelligence Unit
Leo Abruzzese directs the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global forecasting service, shaping a comprehensive world view of the economy each month. He is also the senior analyst for the United States and presents the company's outlook on the global economic environment to companies, governments, and universities. Leo also directs the EIU's Global Public Policy practice, which carries out analysis, research and modeling for governments... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Shenggen Fan

Dr. Shenggen Fan

Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
Shenggen Fan (樊胜根) has been director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009. He led IFPRI’s program on public investment before becoming the director of the Institute’s Development Strategy and Governance Division in 2005. He has served as the Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food and Nutrition Security since 2012. In 2014, Dr. Fan received the Hunger... Read More →
avatar for Marc Sadler

Marc Sadler

Adviser on Risk and Markets, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank
Marc Sadler is Adviser on Risk and Markets of the World Bank's Agriculture Global Practice. He is an expert on commodity markets, finance, logistics, trading and risk management, and regularly advises governments and supply chain stakeholders on these and related issues. | | Before joining the World Bank in Washington, D.C., Marc spent six years as a consultant for the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Margaret Zeigler

Dr. Margaret Zeigler

Executive Director, Global Harvest Initiative
Margaret M. Zeigler, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI).  The Global Harvest Initiative is a private sector voice for agricultural productivity growth throughout the value chain to sustainably meet the demands of a growing world.  To produce enough food to feed over 9 billion people by 2050, GHI proposes key policies that enhance global food and nutrition security through increases in agricultural... Read More →


Wednesday October 15, 2014 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

3:15pm

The Borlaug Report: Crop Intensification, Technology and Environmental Sustainability
Moderators
avatar for Dr. MS Swaminathan

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robert Fraley 

Dr. Robert Fraley 

2013 World Food Prize Laureate & Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto
Hired by Monsanto in 1981 as a research specialist, Fraley led a plant molecular biology group that worked on developing better crops through genetic engineering—to give farmers real solutions to critical problems such as the pest and weed infestations that frequently destroyed crops. His early research built upon the discoveries of Mary-Dell Chilton and Marc Van Montagu. A breakthrough occurred when Fraley and his team isolated a bacterial... Read More →
avatar for Hon. Dan Glickman

Hon. Dan Glickman

Former US Secretary of Agriculture & Co-chair, Chicago Council on Global Affairs Initiative On Global Food Security
Dan Glickman is Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program which is a non-partisan public policy education and civility building program for members of the United States Congress.  He is also a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Mr. Glickman served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from March 1995 until January 2001. Before his appointment as... Read More →
avatar for Tjada McKenna

Tjada McKenna

Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future, United States Agency for International Development
Tjada McKenna leads implementation, results reporting, and engagement related to Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. She also oversees USAID’s leadership of agricultural de-velopment efforts to improve global food security, nutrition and broad-based economic growth.Prior to joining USAID in 2010 to support USAID and Feed the Future’s efforts to strengthen country strategy... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Mark W. Rosegrant

Dr. Mark W. Rosegrant

Director, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute
Mark W. Rosegrant is Director, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). With a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, he has extensive experience in research and policy analysis in agriculture and economic development, with an emphasis on water resources and other critical natural resource and agricultural policy issues as they impact food security, rural livelihoods... Read More →


Wednesday October 15, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

4:15pm

The Nutrition Gap
Moderators
avatar for David Strelneck

David Strelneck

Senior Advisor, Environment, Nutrient Value Chain, Social Entrepreneurship
David Strelneck helps lead the global Nutrient Value Chain initiative at Ashoka. Over the past four years, his team identified the flow of bioavailable nutrition from ecosystems and soils into human health, through food systems, as the underlying basis of a wide range of business, farming, healthcare and environmental innovations that are emerging worldwide. In collaboration with the social entrepreneurs behind over 100 of these... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Bram Govaerts

Dr. Bram Govaerts

2014 Borlaug Field Award Winner, Associate Director of the Global Conservation Agriculture Program, CIMMYT
avatar for Tom Leech

Tom Leech

Senior Vice President of Global Food and Consumables Sourcing, Walmart U.S.
Tom Leech is Senior Vice President of Global Food Sourcing and Private Brands for Walmart U.S.  The Global Food Sourcing organization operates in eleven office across North, Central and South America with responsibilities for regional and local produce sourcing, commodity and ingredient sourcing, the end-to-end produce supply chain, and produce planning.  The Private Brands organization has end-to-end responsibility for... Read More →
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Katherine Pickus

Divisional Vice President, Global Citizenship and Policy, Abbott Vice President, Abbott Fund
Kathy Pickus is head of Global Citizenship and Policy at Abbott. Ms. Pickus also serves as Vice President of the Abbott Fund, the company's philanthropic foundation. Ms. Pickus served as the Special Assistant for National Security Affairs to the Vice President of the United States. Her primary responsibility was to advise the Vice President on all matters pertaining to US policy interests in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 1993, Kathy was selected by... Read More →
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Navyn Salem

Founder and Executive Director, Edesia Inc.
In 2007, Navyn set out to help end the crisis of malnutrition for over 250 million children around the world by setting up a factory in Tanzania, her father’s home country, that would produce ready-to-use therapeutic foods to treat severe acute malnutrition. In 2009 she expanded the vision by founding Edesia, a U.S. non-profit food aid manufacturer, to treat and prevent malnutrition in developing countries worldwide.  Its factory in... Read More →


Wednesday October 15, 2014 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

5:30pm

Awards Ceremony and Reception: 2014 Norman E. Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation

Reception and formal presentation of The Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation. The award presentation is appropriately held in the historically preserved and environmentally renovated World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. This $29.8 million project restored the century-old Des Moines Public Library and transformed it as a special tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner and World Food Prize founder Dr. Norman E. Borlaug.

This $10,000 award recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under the age of 40 who has clearly demonstrated Borlaug-like intellectual courage, stamina and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty.

Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, announced during the 25th World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony in 2011 that the Foundation would commit $1 million to endow this annual award in honor of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, whose early work in Mexico was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Open to all 2014 Borlaug Dialogue attendees. 


Speakers
avatar for Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

President, World Food Prize Foundation
On January 1, 2000, Kenneth M. Quinn assumed the presidency of the World Food Prize Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, following a 32-year career as an American diplomat which focused significantly on refugee and humanitarian relief efforts and culminated with his service as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia. For the past 14 years, Ambassador Quinn has endeavored to build the World Food Prize, founded by the Father of the Green... Read More →


Wednesday October 15, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Hall of Laureates 100 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa, 50309

7:00pm

DuPont Reception – Spotlighting Rural Women Making a Difference in Agriculture
Please join us as we celebrate the contributions of rural women in agriculture and their efforts to advance food security within their communities and around the world.   You’ll have the opportunity to hear from a woman working to help farmers overcome challenges facing production agriculture in Africa.

RSVP by October 8th: Kerri.Lyons@pioneer.com

Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Science Center of Iowa 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Des Moines, IA 50309

7:15pm

The Ripple Effect: How Smallholder Finance Can Improve Farmers’ Lives + Yields

Join us for a panel discussion and reception hosted by Dalberg and the Initiative for Smallholder Finance.

The theme of this year’s Borlaug Dialogue highlights the powers of intensification, innovation, and inspiration to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Dalberg and the Initiative for Smallholder Finance have explored how specific products and services can improve smallholders’ lives by expanding the reach of financing for smallholder farmers. We invite you to join us for a lively discussion with some of our partners in these efforts: 

PANELISTS  

  • Jane Abramovich | TechnoServe, Access to Finance Practice Leader
  • Willy Foote | Root Capital, Founder and CEO
  • Dennis Ripley | Opportunity International, Chief Business Development Officer
  • Angela Hansen | Dalberg, Partner and Agriculture & Food Security Practice Lead (Moderator)


Please RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ripple-effect-how-smallholder-finance-can-improve-farmers-lives-yields-tickets-13419683635 

Follow the conversation on Twitter: #smallholderfin

SPEAKER BIOS:

JANE ABRAMOVICH | Access to Finance Practice Leader, TechnoServe

Jane Abramovich, CFA, leads TechnoServe’s global Access to Finance Practice Group, where she manages strategic relationships with financial service partners, provides technical expertise to program design and implementation teams, develops and shares best practices, tools and innovations around lasting financial solutions in the developing world.  Prior to TechnoServe, Jane held financial advisory and deal origination roles, including at UBS Investment Bank, and most recently, as National Director of Capital Markets at Jones Lang LaSalle.

WILLY FOOTE | Founder and CEO, Root Capital

Willy Foote is the founder and CEO of Root Capital. After initially working on Wall Street in Latin American corporate finance, Willy undertook a business journalism fellowship in Mexico, discovering the challenges faced by cooperatives and small producers: lack of capital, qualified employees, market access and knowledge. In 1999 he founded Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund, to address these needs and grow prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places. Root Capital lends capital, delivers financial training, and strengthens market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses across Latin America and Africa. Willy holds an M.S. in development economics from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Yale University. 

DENNIS RIPLEY | Chief Business Development Officer, Opportunity International

Dennis sets the institutional and corporate donor fundraising strategy and provides oversight for the grant and equity funding raised and placed in Opportunity’s financial institutions in 21 countries.  He has served on the board of our financial institutions in Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi, as well as the microinsurance organization, MicroEnsure. Dennis joined Opportunity in 1992 as its e:xecutive vice president, overseeing global operations.

ANGELA HANSEN | Partner and Director, Agriculture & Food Security Practice, Dalberg

Angela is the Director of Dalberg's Agriculture & Food Security practice and its Johannesburg, South Africa, office. Angela works on a broad range of issues including sustainable land and water management, food security, agricultural market access, access to finance and infrastructure. She advises national governments, regional bodies across the African continent as well as development partners and multinational companies at the global level. Angela grew up on an Iowa farm and was educated at the University of Minnesota (BSc), Columbia Business School, and the University of Cape Town (MBA). She has professional experience in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Africa.


Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Davenport Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

7:30pm

Interfaith Service to End World Hunger

In the midst of our bountiful Iowa harvest, join the faith communities of Central Iowa in giving thanks for blessings and in praying for the alleviation of world hunger.

Those who wish and who are able are encouraged, in a manner in harmony with their faith tradition, to fast from food on a day of their choosing prior to the service. Donations of money and nonperishable food items will be accepted during the service and will benefit hunger relief efforts.

Organized by Des Moines area religious leaders. 


Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
St. Ambrose Cathedral 607 High Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

7:30pm

Is the Decline in Honey Bees a Threat to Global Food Security?

One in every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially honey bees. The decline in honey bee population is in the news everywhere, from academic publications to the Wall Street Journal. Yale calls the declining bee population a threat to global agriculture. What exactly is going on? How big is this problem? What can we do about it? We will explore these questions with the help of leading speakers and panelists drawn from academia, government and industry.

Speakers:
Jerry Hayes - Commercial Director, Beelogics (unit of Monsanto)
Bob Curtis - Associate Director, Agricultural Affairs, Almond Board of California
Amy Toth - Assitant Professor, Dept of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University
Ravi Pottathil - Chief Scientist, VAMA
Gabe Dadant - Principal, Dadant & Sons 

There will be a Mexican taco bar and soft drinks for refreshments.

Please register at: http://wfp.eventbrite.com
In case of questions, please email wfp@vamainc.com

Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm 

Salon C (Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor))


Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Salon C Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

7:30pm

University of Missouri: Reception for Friends and Alumni
Please join the University of Missouri at the Rock River Grill and Tavern to meet old friends and make new ones as we celebrate 175 years of academic and research excellence, and more than 100 years of public outreach through MU Extension. As we celebrate these achievements we look forward to building new partnerships.  Finger foods and beverages will be provided. Open to all participants.

Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Rock River Grill Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

7:30pm

Convergence of Food Security, Energy Security and Sustainable Agriculture
Program Topic: This side event focuses on the roll out of the book titled "Convergence of Food Security, Energy Security and Sustainable Agriculture" edited by David Songstad, Jerry Hatfield and Dwight Tomes.  The roll out will consist of a keynote address and panel discussion centered on how technology will lead us to the convergence of food security, energy security and sustainable agriculture.  

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Fraley, Monsanto Executive Vice President and 2013 World Food Prize Laureate 

Panelists:
  • Dr. Gale Buchanan (former Under Secretary of Agriculture)
  • Dr. Jerry Hatfield (USDA; Director, Natl. Laboratory for Agr. and the Environ.)
  • Dr. Sharon Megdal (Univ. of Arizona; Director, Water Resources Research Center)
  • Mr. Thomas Redick, JD (Principal, Global Environmental Ethics Counsel)
  • Dr. David Songstad (Cibus LLC; Director of Cell Biology)
  • Dr. Manjit Misra (Moderator)
Program Description:  The emphasis of this program will be on the need for "convergence" to the core values of agriculture and society in order to meet the food and feed needs of the next generations.  This is why the book "Convergence of Food Security, Energy Security and Sustainable Agriculture" is the focus of this program and the World Food Prize the ideal venue for the roll out of this book.  Each of the panelists is a contributor to this book and give keen insights regarding the their view of our need for Convergence.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robert Fraley 

Dr. Robert Fraley 

2013 World Food Prize Laureate & Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto
Hired by Monsanto in 1981 as a research specialist, Fraley led a plant molecular biology group that worked on developing better crops through genetic engineering—to give farmers real solutions to critical problems such as the pest and weed infestations that frequently destroyed crops. His early research built upon the discoveries of Mary-Dell Chilton and Marc Van Montagu. A breakthrough occurred when Fraley and his team isolated a bacterial... Read More →


Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Salon A Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

7:30pm

ILRI@40: Livestock-based Options for Sustainable Food Systems

In 2014, to mark 40 years of international research, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is facilitating a series of events that highlight the ways in which livestock research advances the global development agenda, specifically for sustainable food and nutritional security, economic well-being and healthy lives.

On 15 October 2014, ILRI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are holding a roundtable event at the 2014 Norman E Borlaug International Symposium to articulate the roles of livestock production in sustainable food production and the changes, impacts and coordination needed to address the needs of a growing human population in sustainable as well as equitable ways. This roundtable event brings together public and private actors in sustainable livestock development to discuss ways to enhance the contributions of livestock to sustainable food and nutritional security.

Welcome remarks: Lindiwe M. Sibanda,  Chair, ILRI Board of Trustees and Chief Executive Officer and Head of Diplomatic Mission Food of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), South Africa  

A video message from Bill Gates 

Keynote:  The transformative role of livestock in sustainable food systems in the developing world

  • Christopher Delgado, Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute, USA

Livestock dialogue: The panel will consider the critical livestock challenges and opportunities for sustainable food systems in 2054.

Moderated by Jimmy Smith, Director General, ILRI, Kenya

Panellists:

  • Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, United State Agency for International Development (USAID), USA
  • Mitch Davis, Director of Global Shared Value, Elanco, USA
  • James Kasongo, Country Director, Heifer International, Zambia
  • Mark Poeschl, Vice President, Cargill Premix and Nutrition, USA
  • Florence Wambugu, Founder, Director and the Chief Executive Officer of Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International (AHBFI), Kenya

Closing summary: Suzanne Petersen, Member of ILRI Board of Trustees and Brand Marketing Manager, Land O'Lakes Purina Feed, USA

A hot buffet will be provided.

RSVP information
:  https://borlaug-ilri40.eventbrite.com


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jimmy Smith

Dr. Jimmy Smith

Director General, International Livestock Research Institute
Jimmy Smith, a Canadian, is the director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a position he assumed in 2011. Before joining ILRI, he worked for the World Bank in Washington, DC, where he led the Bank’s Global Livestock Portfolio. He has also held senior positions at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA), and the Caribbean Agricultural... Read More →


Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs Rooms

8:00pm

Next Generation of African Hunger Fighters at the World Food Prize 2014 Borlaug Dialogue
Program Topic: What Funding Partnerships/Mechanisms Should Be Developed to Engage More Youth in Fighting Hunger in Africa?

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President,
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Panelists: 
David Blumberg, Chief Executive Officer, Blumberg Grain - West Africa
Dave Ramaswamy, Journalist, Africa Agribusiness Magazine

Program Description: The speaker series aims to identify and educate young entrepreneurs from different backgrounds and countries to become hunger fighters and establish a truly global network of young farmers, agribusiness entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators. It also actively supports young entrepreneurs in the implementation of projects aimed at developing their local communities through self sustaining socio-economic and cultural opportunities based on practical success stories that can guarantee a decent life for the next generation and feed their families.

The Next Generation of African Hunger Fighter Speaker Series brings the voices of African youths, practitioners, policy makers, and agribusiness experts together to share their knowledge and experience on how to effectively fight hunger and provide long-term food security through youth entrepreneurship, agribusiness, employment, and innovation.
 
Time:8:00 - 10:00 PMMarriott Hotel, Dubuque Room

RSVP: princess@coryproject.org

Speakers
avatar for H. E. Kanayo F. Nwanze

H. E. Kanayo F. Nwanze

President, International Fund for Agricultural Development
Kanayo F. Nwanze, a Nigerian national, was appointed as the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for a second term in February 2013. Nwanze has been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security since 2010, and formerly chaired the group. Nwanze has held senior positions at research centres affiliated with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR... Read More →


Wednesday October 15, 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Dubuque Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)
 
Thursday, October 16
 

7:00am

Partnerships & Collaboration for Global Postharvest Loss Prevention
In recent years, the reduction of postharvest losses has been increasingly identified as a significant and
important way to improve food security around the world, without using additional resources that are 
in limited supply. Global awareness campaigns such as that of the United Nations Food and Agriculture 
Organization’s SAVE Food Partnership or the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Think.Eat.Save 
have ushered this issue onto the agricultural development agenda. As stakeholders convene on 
strategies for prevention, lessons are emerging on how to form effective, innovative partnerships that 
lead to impact for farmers, managers, and consumers worldwide.

The ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss is pleased to host the panel discussion, 
“Partnerships and Collaboration for Global Postharvest Loss Prevention” featuring distinguished experts, 
Dr. Robert Easter, President of the University of Illinois; Mr. Dennis Fisher, Director of the Office of 
Compliance and Ethics at the Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM); Mr. CD Glin, Associate Director 
at The Rockefeller Foundation, and Ms. Charlene McKoin, Senior Project Officer at the Bill and Melinda 
Gates Foundation. Panelists will discuss their involvement with ongoing postharvest loss initiatives, and 
share their perspectives on reducing losses globally.

Panelists:
Dennis Fisher, Compliance Director, Ag Services and Corn Processing, Archer Daniels Midland Company 
Mr. Fisher is the Compliance Director for the Ag Services and Corn Processing business units at Archer 
Daniels Midland Company. He joined ADM in 1984 and has held various positions in Transportation/
Logistics, Systems Development and Integration and Compliance. He led the initial development 
and coordination of ADM’s Sustainability program and has conducted a global supply chain integrity 
assessment for multiple feedstock’s with a focus on environmental and social impacts. Mr. Fisher has 
worked with various internal and external stakeholders to understand the opportunities and challenges 
facing the agricultural processing industry. Mr. Fisher holds a B.S. in Business from Iowa State University  and is a graduate of the University of Illinois Executive Development Program. Mr. Fisher currently serves as the ADM representative on the ADM Institute’s Steering Committee and 
the External Advisory Board.

CD Glin, Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Mr. Glin is an Associate Director based in the Africa Regional Office of The Rockefeller Foundation in 
Nairobi, Kenya. He serves as the regional champion for the Foundation’s initiatives in strengthening food 
security through increasing smallholder farmer’s agricultural productivity and the building of resilience 
to the devastating effects of climate change to enable real, sustainable and equitable economic growth 
throughout Africa. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Glin was a White House appointee to 
the U.S. Peace Corps where he served as the agency’s first Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and 
Partnerships. Mr. Glin holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from Tulane University. The ADM Institute has worked closely with Mr. Glin on The Foundation’s Reducing Global Food Waste
and Spoilage Initiative, for which the institute received a $500,000 grant to perform contributing 
research on PHL innovations.

Ahmed Kablan, PharmD, PhD., International Nutrition and Public Health Adviser
Dr. Kablan is a program manager at Agriculture Research and Policy/Bureau of Food Security/USAID. At USAID, Dr. Kablan manages the Postharvest Loss and the Soybean Innovation labs. Dr. Kablan’s work at USAID centers on integrated value chain development and nutrition. His major focus is on the factors that lead to negative nutritional outcomes and ways to achieve nutrition integration into the various research programs (innovation labs) funded by USAID.  From 2012-2014 he was an AAAS Science Policy and Technology Fellow. During his fellowship he was the champion of having a broader look at malnutrition and what factors contribute to it including Postharvest loss (due mainly to mycotoxins); food security; WASH and gut health.


Dr. Kablan is a pharmacologist with a biotechnology and drug discovery background. He has over 12 years of postdoctoral research, teaching and science policy and regulatory experience. Dr. Kablan’s research focused on metabolic syndrome, malnutrition and the health consequences of obesity and overweight. He was a member of the USAID nutrition technical working group that is tasked with writing the USAID Nutrition Strategy, a member of the working group that wrote USAID research policy.

Dr. Kablan earned his PhD in Biotechnology & Pharmacology from the University of Bologna, Italy, and his PharmD from Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan.

Charlene McKoin, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Charlene McKoin is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she works 
on the Access and Markets team focusing on integrated value chain development and postharvest 
loss. Before joining the Gates Foundation in 2012, Ms. McKoin spent more than eight years working as 
“Chief of Party”, managing a variety of USAID funded agri-business, financial, nutrition and HIV/AIDS 
projects for Abt Associates, Cardno Emerging Markets and AFRICARE. Prior to her years in international 
development, Ms. McKoin spent 20 years in corporate, international structured trade, and project 
finance working for Bank of America, JP Morgan and Wells Fargo. She has lived and worked in Africa and 
Latin America with specific expertise in Lusophone countries including Brazil, Mozambique, Angola and 
Guinea Bissau. She holds an M.A. in International Affairs, Economics, and International Development 
from John Hopkins University. Ms. McKoin currently serves as a member of the ADM Institute’s External Advisory Board. She led efforts for the co-hosted experts convening “Post-Harvest Loss Metrics, Measurement, & Mitigation: Resolving Unmet Needs” in May 2014, and is supporting the development of potential longer-term opportunities at BMGF for PHL prevention initiatives.

Thursday October 16, 2014 7:00am - 8:00am
Waterloo Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

7:00am

Are We on Track to Feed the World by 2050? Land, Biofuels and Food Systems

With the world’s population set to exceed 9 billion by 2050, our panel of expert speakers will discuss how we can ensure that there is enough food for everyone and the challenges we face as we juggle food, energy and climate policies. 

Will increasing agricultural production by 2050 put more food onto the plates of those who need it? What are the obstacles to achieving food security in a climate-constrained world? And what changes are needed in our current approach to overcome them?

Panelists:

  • Timothy A. Wise, Director, Research and Policy, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University
  • Ivette Perfecto, Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
  • Scholastica Haule, Women and Land Rights Advisor, ActionAid Tanzania and Douglas Hertzler, Senior Policy Analyst, ActionAid USA
  • Douglas Hetrzler, Senior Policy Analyst, ActionAid USA

Breafast will be provided.

Please RSVP to: Meredith.Slater@actionaid.org

Limited space available. 

Thursday October 16, 2014 7:00am - 8:30am
Sioux City Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

7:00am

Bridging Discovery, Development and Delivery in Our Global Food System

Please join the Alliance to End Hunger at the World Food Prize as anti-hunger leaders and experts from across the organizational spectrum discuss scientific and technological innovations in agriculture, and how these translate to useful tools for farmers across the globe.

Panelists & Speakers Include:
Ambassador Tony Hall- Executive Director, Alliance to End Hunger 
Dr. Manjit Misra- Director, Iowa State University- Seed Science Center
TBD- Elanco Animal Health
Dr. Jonathan Wadsworth- Executive Secretary, CGIAR Fund Council and Head of 
the CGIAR Fund Office
Reverend David Beckmann- President, Bread for the World (and former World 
Food Prize Laureate)
Dave Nelson- Farmer, Nelson Family Farms (IA) and Farmers Feeding the World 
representative 

The Alliance fosters and supports partnerships between corporations, non-profits, universities, foundations, and individuals. Success stories and possibilities for collaboration will be discussed. Breakfast will be provided.

RSVP:  https://allianceworldfoodprize.eventbrite.com

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Wadsworth

Jonathan Wadsworth

Executive Secretary, CGIAR Fund Council and Head of the CGIAR Fund Office, CGIAR
Dr. Wadsworth joined the CGIAR Fund in 2011 from his position as Senior Agriculture Research Advisor, UK Department for International Development (DFID). In that position, he was the UK representative to the CGIAR. As Chair of the European Initiative on Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD), Dr. Wadsworth also promoted a more harmonized approach to research for development. He earned a PhD in agricultural systems and innovation from the... Read More →


Thursday October 16, 2014 7:00am - 8:30am
Council Bluffs and Davenport Rooms Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

7:00am

No Ordinary Matter: A prelude to a Montpellier Panel Report on Enhancing Africa’s Soils

Soils are primarily responsible for providing water and nutrients to crops and animals. When unable to provide these services to their full capacity, crops, animals and the farmers who depend on them suffer. The reverse is also true. Restoring, conserving and enhancing soils can improve crop productivity and the resource base on which farmers depend. As a natural resource however, soil is undervalued and neglected both physically and politically. Land degradation now affects an estimated one-third of the earth’s land area and 3.2 billion people. Developing countries and smallholder farmers are affected most severely.

Experts from the Montpellier Panel and soil sciences discuss why soil must become a global priority – from the Sustainable Development Goals to CAADP plans – and why integrated soil management for the 21st century must embrace sustainable intensification to produce climate smart soils.

  • Gordon Conway, Director of Agriculture for Impact and Professor of International Development, Imperial College London
  • Ruth O’Niango. Editor-in-Chief and Founder of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND)
  • Ramadjita Tabo, Director, Regional Hub West and Central Africa, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
  • Jerry Glover, Senior Sustainable Agricultural Systems Advisor, USAID
  • Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, Ohio State University
Space is limited. Please RSVP to emily@ag4impact.org

Speakers
avatar for Sir Gordon Conway

Sir Gordon Conway

Professor of International Development, Imperial College London
Gordon Conway is a pioneer of sustainable agriculture developed integrated pest management programs for the State of Sabah in Malaysia. He joined Imperial College in 1970 setting up the Centre for Environmental Technology in 1976. In the 1970s and 1980s he lived and worked extensively in Asia and the Middle East, for the Ford Foundation, World Bank and USAID. He directed the Sustainable Agriculture Programme at IIED and became representative of... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Ruth Oniang’o

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 →


Thursday October 16, 2014 7:00am - 8:30am
Cedar Rapids Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

7:00am

The Soil Renaissance: Building Knowledge to Sustain Earth’s Most Valuable Asset

The Soil Renaissance is a movement focused on the role of soil health in vibrant, profitable and sustainable natural resource systems, as well as the critical importance of soil and soil health in feeding the world’s people. Soil Renaissance work targets soil health measurement, economics, research and education.

Learn more about the Renaissance and how you can be a part of it from Farm Foundation, NFP President Neil Conklin, Cornell University Soil Ecologist Janice Thies, and Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation CEO Bill Buckner.

All Borlaug Dialogue attendees are welcome to attend.


Thursday October 16, 2014 7:00am - 8:30am
Dubuque Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

8:00am

Soil Health & The Fertilizer Gap
Moderators
avatar for Dr. Pedro Sanchez

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 →
avatar for Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas

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 →
avatar for Dr. Ruth Oniang’o

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 →
avatar for Dr. Amit Roy

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)

9:00am

Special Address
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Pamela Anderson

Dr. Pamela Anderson

Director of Agricultural Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Pamela Anderson, director, Agricultural Development leads the team that works to reduce hunger and poverty for millions of farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable way. Previously, Pamela worked with CGIAR Consortium, an organization focused on advancing international agricultural research. She was director general of the International Potato Center, one of the research centers... Read More →


Thursday October 16, 2014 9:00am - 9:30am
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

9:30am

Is This The Model to Uplift the African Smallholder?
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Emma Naluyima Mugerwa

Dr. Emma Naluyima Mugerwa

Ugandan Veterinarian and Smallholder Farmer
Emma Naluyima is a smallholder farmer in Uganda and a private veterinarian focusing on clinical medicine and herd health. She has previously worked for the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank and as an officer in Entebbe in charge of a Livestock Environmental Station. Emma has worked for the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, on his personal dairy farm to improve the genetics of his herd through... Read More →


Thursday October 16, 2014 9:30am - 10:00am
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

10:00am

Keynote Address
Speakers
avatar for H. E. Ernest Bai Koroma

H. E. Ernest Bai Koroma

President, Republic of Sierra Leone
The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma was born on October 2, 1953 in Makeni in the Bombali-Sebora Chiefdom, Bombali District,. In 2007, Ernest Bai Koroma led the All People’s Congress party to victory and assumed the presidency. Dr. Koroma has led Sierra Leone to experience one of the highest economic growth rates in the world. Through an Agenda for Prosperity, Ernest Bai Koroma won re-election as president on... Read More →


Thursday October 16, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

10:30am

Focus on Africa: Policy and Partnerships
Moderators
avatar for Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is the CEO and Head of Mission of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). She is an animal scientist by training and a practicing commercial beef cattle farmer. She received her BSc degree at the University of Alexandria in Egypt, and her MSc and PhD at the University of Reading in the UK. Dr. Sibanda is currently the Board Chair of the International Livestock Research Institute... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for H. E. Florence Chenoweth

H. E. Florence Chenoweth

Minister of Agriculture, Liberia
In the 1970s, Dr. Florence Chenoweth became Liberia’s, and by extension Africa's, first female Minister of Agriculture. After escaping a violent coup in Liberia, Dr. Chenoweth joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as its representative in Gambia, West Africa in 1995. She went on to open FAO's first office in South Africa following the end of apartheid. In 2001, Dr. Chenoweth was named FAO liaison with... Read More →
avatar for Birtukan Dagnachew

Birtukan Dagnachew

Smallholder Farmer and Female Food Hero, Ethiopia
Birtikuan Dagnachew lives in Woldiya District of North Wolo zone of the Amahara Regional State. She is 35 years old and has lost her husband 10 years ago during the Ethio-Eritrean war.  On 2.1 hectares of land she cultivates sorghum, teff and other cereals.  In addition to her main agricultural practices, she cultivates vegetables and fruits, coffee, gesho, avocado, orange, lemon, onion, and tomato both for family consumption and as a... Read More →
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H. E. Gerardine Mukeshimana

Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Republic of Rwanda
Gerardine Mukeshimana is the Minister of Agriculture and Animal resources of the Republic of Rwanda. As a Minister, she is of managing the Government policies for Agriculture and livestock sector modernization for food and nutrition security and economic growth. She is also responsible for policy formulation, work with other Ministries on cross cutting issues that affect agriculture sector especially land use and management, trade, commerce... Read More →
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Paul Schickler

President, DuPont Pioneer
Paul E. Schickler is president of DuPont Pioneer, the advanced seed genetics business of DuPont. In this role, which he has held since 2007, he has continued to expand Pioneer’s global business by remaining focused on innovation that improves local productivity and profitability of farmers in more than 90 countries. Since joining Pioneer in 1974, Schickler has served in a variety of finance and administrative leadership roles throughout the... Read More →
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H. E. Joseph Sam Sesay

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Sierra Leone
Joseph Sam Sesay is Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security for Sierra Leone. He was appointed to the position in October 2007 by President Ernest Bai Koroma. In 1981, he moved to Russia, where he completed his masters degree in medicine at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow in 1987. Sesay has also undergone postgraduate studies at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands. He also completed a certificate... Read More →


Thursday October 16, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

11:30am

40 Chances Fellows Award Winners - Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone
Speakers
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Howard W. Buffett

Lecturer, Columbia University - School of International and Public Affairs
Howard W. Buffett is a lecturer at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where he teaches management techniques for improving the effectiveness of foreign aid and global philanthropy. Before joining Columbia's faculty, he was the Executive Director of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. While at the Foundation, he led the launch of the “40 Chances” advocacy campaign, the foundation’s largest public... Read More →
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Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

President, World Food Prize Foundation
On January 1, 2000, Kenneth M. Quinn assumed the presidency of the World Food Prize Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, following a 32-year career as an American diplomat which focused significantly on refugee and humanitarian relief efforts and culminated with his service as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia. For the past 14 years, Ambassador Quinn has endeavored to build the World Food Prize, founded by the Father of the Green... Read More →


Thursday October 16, 2014 11:30am - 12:00pm
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

12:00pm

Luncheon Address: The View from the AGRA Forum
Speakers
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Strive Masiyiwa

Chairman and Founder, Econet Wireless, Chairman of the Board, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
Strive Masiyiwa is the chairman and founder of Econet Wireless, a diversified telecommunications group with operations and investments in Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Asia Pacific. His business interests also include renewable energy, water treatment, Coca Cola bottling, financial services and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on... Read More →


Thursday October 16, 2014 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Des Moines Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

2:00pm

Water for Agriculture: Trendlines and Gaps
Moderators
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Margaret Catley-Carlson

UN Secretary General Advisory Board on Water
Ms. Margaret Catley-Carlson was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Ms. Catley-Carlson is currently Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on Water and the Foresight Advisory Committee for Group Suez Environment. She is a patron of the Global Water Partnership, a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board, a member of the Rosenberg Forum, and serves on the boards of the International Center for Water Resource... Read More →

Speakers
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Paul Bakus

President, Nestlé Corporate Affairs
Paul Bakus is President of Nestlé Corporate Affairs, based in Washington, D.C. Paul leads Nestlé’s Washington, D.C. office, working with leaders that affect legislation, regulation and public opinion. In this role, he is also responsible for driving Nestlé’s nutrition, health and wellness strategy in the U.S. In line with Nestlé’s “Good Food, Good Life” promise, the company aims to lead... Read More →
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Dan Bena

Sustainable Development & Operations Outreach, PepsiCo Global Operations
Dan Bena is currently the Senior Director of Sustainable Development for PepsiCo, serving as liaison between government affairs, public policy, and operations to "connect the dots" for impact and develop advocacy and messaging to key stakeholder groups. He serves on the Public Health Committee of the Safe Water Network, dedicated to market-based, sustainable community-level solutions to provide safe drinking water in developing economies; the... Read More →
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Dr. Dilip Kulkarni

President, Agri-Food Division, Jain Irrigation
Dr. Dilip Kulkarni serves as the President of Jain Irrigation’s Agri-Food Division, where he develops and implements new programs in agriculture and food processing. Dr. Kulkarni was lecturer of Food Technology at the Institute of Applied Science and Technology at Dharan, Nepal, and professor and Head of Food Science and Technology at Marathwada Agricultural University. Previously, he was a DANIDA Fellow in Denmark, consultant in Indonesia... Read More →


Thursday October 16, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

2:55pm

The Secretary’s Roundtable
Moderators
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Hon. Tom Vilsack

Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack serves as the Nation's 30th Secretary of Agriculture. As leader of the Department of Agriculture, Vilsack is working to strengthen the agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the innovation of rural America. Vilsack has worked to implement the President's agenda, putting Americans back to work and creating a lasting economy. As chair of White House Rural Council, Vilsack is strengthening... Read More →

Speakers
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H. E. Enrique Martinez y Martinez

Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, Mexico
Enrique Martinez y Martinez was appointed Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food in 2013 by President Enrique Peña Nieto. Secretary Martinez holds a BA in Economics from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM). Besides being Mayor of Saltillo (state capital of Coahuila), Secretary Martinez has held different positions at state level such as Undersecretary of Finance... Read More →


Thursday October 16, 2014 2:55pm - 3:55pm
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

3:30pm

Applying Innovation and Technology to End Hunger

We invite you to join GRM International, Futures Group and the Alliance to End Hunger in an interactive panel discussion looking at innovations that have the potential to substantially increase food security and bring economic and social wellbeing to smallholder farmers.  We will discuss ways in which technology has been used to increase yields, availability of diverse and nutritious foods, while also improving incomes. The panel will also address how technologies and improved practices can increase productivity while conserving resources and reducing water and chemical requirements.  Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Overcoming the challenge small holder farmers face in gaining access to and effectively using new innovations to increase production, while engaging the formal food systems market
  • What innovations do farmers need and where are the opportunities to accelerate sustainability and use of existing technologies
  • Which mobile technologies will provide the farmer with more, better and usable information in a sustainable way
  • Examples of successful public private partnerships, and their potential to bring innovation to scale will be discussed, along with the limitations of these models 
  • The potential for ICT to enhance small holder farmers’ participation in precision agriculture which can boost productivity, while conserving resources

Panelists and Speakers include:

  • Ambassador Tony Hall, Executive Director, Alliance to End Hunger
  • Bobby Jefferson, Director, Center for Development Informatics, Futures Group
  • Felix Bamezon, Senior Country Director, Alliance to End Hunger
  • Chris Hirst, Director – Strategic Growth, GRM International


Start and end time – Thursday, 16 October 2014 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Please RSVP at: GRMFuturesWorldFoodPrize.eventbrite.com


Thursday October 16, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Davenport Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

3:30pm

Financing for Agricultural Entrepreneurs

Access to financing is one of the major obstacles in agricultural entrepreneurship.  Increasing the variety and accessibility of financing instruments can have major impact on the length and robustness of global supply chains, the extent of inclusion of economic bottom tier into mainstream economy, and provide the spark that can tip local economies into self-sustainment.  In this session we will collect in one place, and discuss, some of the innovative financing models being used in the field. Presented by the US Department of Commerce. 


Thursday October 16, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Waterloo Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

3:30pm

One Agriculture-One Science: A Global Education Consortium
Thursday October 16, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Rapids Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

3:30pm

Responding to Africa's Greatest Challenges: Promoting Science and Technology Innovations, Human Resource Capacity and Policy Advocacy
Supporting policies to enhance Africa’s capacity to meet future food and economic needs & building functional partnerships for impactful agricultural development in Africa

Speakers
• Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Chair, ECONET & Board Chair- Alliance for a Green Revolution in 
Africa (AGRA) (Invited)

• Robert T. Fraley, Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto Corporation and 2013 World Food Prize 
Laureate (Invited)

• Lindiwe Sibanda, CEO and Head of Mission, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis 
Network (FANRPAN)

• Siela Maximova, CRDF Global Women In Science Fellow, Research Professor of Horticulture, The 
Pennsylvania State University

• Linley Chiwona-Karltun, Swedish Institute of Agricultural Sciences

• David Acker, Associate Dean, Academic & Global Programs – Iowa State University

• Diran Makinde, Director of AU/NEPAD’s ABNE Program


Presented by: AAPD, Monsanto, CRDF Global, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, SLU, SLU, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, NEPAD

RSVP to: agrnadvr@iastate.edu

Thursday October 16, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Dubuque Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

3:30pm

Beyond the Seed: Leveraging Our Collective Best to Build a Zero Hunger World
Join us for an engaging conversation and a dynamic breakout session about what stands in the way of achieving a zero hunger world - all from the perspective of practitioners in regions most affected by hunger.  Why are "aggies" calling upon the lawyers, techies, engineers and communications experts to please stand up?  Should fighting corruption be the focus of the fight for food access?  Is the private sector viewed as valuable or dangerous by those on the frontlines of fighting hunger? We look forward to discussing what is really at stake to make a real impact in ending hunger and malnutrition in our lifetime.

Speakers:
  • Barbara Ekwall, Senior Liaison Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Diane Hirakawa, President, The Mathile Institute for the Advancement of Human Nutrition, invited
  • James Kasongo, Country Director, Heifer International Zambia
  • Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, Executive Director, The Mosaic Company Foundation
  • Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, Founder, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

Hosted by Humanitas Global, Community for Zero Hunger, FAO and MS Swaminathan Foundation.  

Please RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-the-seed-leveraging-our-collective-best-to-build-a-zero-hunger-world-registration-13391754097

Thursday October 16, 2014 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Council Bluffs Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

3:55pm

Precision Agriculture and Big Data: The Next Frontier
Moderators
avatar for Dr. David Muth

Dr. David Muth

Senior Vice President, AgSolver, Inc.
Dr. David Muth is a Senior Vice President at AgSolver Inc. located in Ames, IA. He and his partners at AgSolver are developing decision services for agronomic applications. David grew up on a family farm in North Central Iowa. He attended Luther College in Decorah, IA, receiving a degree in physics and minor in mathematics. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. Prior to joining AgSolver, David led a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Claudia Garcia

Dr. Claudia Garcia

Senior Director, Global Market Access, Elanco Animal Health
Claudia M. Garcia leads Global Market Access for Elanco Animal Health. As part of this new and expanded role, Claudia and her team, oversee Global Government Affairs, Food Industry & Consumer Affairs, Global Communications and Corporate Responsibility.   Garcia brings 20 years of experience in Animal Health, including multiple positions within Elanco. Claudia initiated her professional career with Elanco in Mexico to later transfer... Read More →
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Dr. David Gebhardt

Director, Agronomic Data and Technology, WinField
Dr. Dave Gebhardt holds the position of Director, Agronomic Data & Technology for WinField, a Land O'Lakes company.  Dave grew up on a family farm in southeastern Minnesota where his three brothers are still currently farming.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Minnesota.  Dave has spent over 20 years in... Read More →
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John May

President, Agricultural Solutions & Chief Information Officer, John Deere
John May is President, Agricultural Solutions & Chief Information Officer, a position he has held since September 2012.  May is responsible for product platform groups consisting of hay & forage products and crop care products.  He has enterprise-wide responsibility for Information Technology,  Intelligent Solutions Group, and John Deere Water. May started his career with John Deere in 1997 at John Deere Health Care... Read More →
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Kerry J. Preete

Executive Vice President, Global Strategy, Monsanto
Kerry Preete brings a lifetime of agriculture and business experience to his position as head of Global Strategy at Monsanto. In this role, Kerry and his team shape Monsanto’s business and partnership strategy to create new systems and solutions for farmers to help meet the world’s growing demands for safe, affordable and nutritious food. In addition to identifying new growth opportunities, Kerry and his team analyze emerging... Read More →


Thursday October 16, 2014 3:55pm - 4:55pm
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

7:00pm

Laureate Award Ceremony
Formal ceremony awarding the 2014 World Food Prize to Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram. Event by invitation only.

Thursday October 16, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Iowa State Capitol 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319
 
Friday, October 17
 

7:30am

Breakfast Address: Inspiring the Next Generation
Speakers
avatar for Dr. MS Swaminathan

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 →


Friday October 17, 2014 7:30am - 9:00am
Des Moines Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

9:00am

Trendlines for Political Stability, Global Trade and Potential Disruptions
Moderators
avatar for Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

President, World Food Prize Foundation
On January 1, 2000, Kenneth M. Quinn assumed the presidency of the World Food Prize Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa, following a 32-year career as an American diplomat which focused significantly on refugee and humanitarian relief efforts and culminated with his service as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia. For the past 14 years, Ambassador Quinn has endeavored to build the World Food Prize, founded by the Father of the Green... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. John Hamre

CEO and President, Center for Strategic and International Studies
John Hamre was elected president and CEO of CSIS in January 2000 and named Pritzker Chair in December 2012. Before joining CSIS, he served as the 26th U.S. deputy secretary of defense. Prior to holding that post, he was the under secretary of defense (comptroller) from 1993 to 1997. As comptroller, Dr. Hamre was the principal assistant to the secretary of defense for the preparation, presentation, and execution of the defense budget and... Read More →
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Ambassador Charles Rivkin

Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Charles H. Rivkin began serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs on February 13, 2014, and was sworn in publicly by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on April 15, 2014. | Prior to his appointment, Rivkin served for more than four years as the United States Ambassador to France and Monaco where he led America’s first and one of its largest diplomatic missions, which has six constituent posts throughout... Read More →
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Amb. Daniel Speckhard

President and CEO, Lutheran World Relief
Daniel Speckhard is the President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief. Speckhard previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Greece from 2007-2010. From 2000 to 2005, Ambassador Speckhard served as Deputy Assistant Secretary General at NATO headquarters in Brussels where he was awarded the NATO Service Medal for his crisis work in the Balkans. From 1997 to 2000 he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Belarus and early in his career, Ambassador Speckhard... Read More →


Friday October 17, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

10:00am

The Smallholder's Lifeline: Innovations in Agro-Financing and Insurance
Moderators
avatar for Dr. Per Pinstrup- Andersen

Dr. Per Pinstrup- Andersen

2001 World Food Prize Laureate and Cornell University, H.E. Babcock Professor of Food & Nutrition
Dr. Pinstrup-Andersen life work has been characterized by a desire to alleviate the suffering of persons without sufficient nutritious food, particularly malnourished and starving children. He has been the driving force in pressing forward a global effort, The 2020 Vision Initiative to assist world leaders focus on the food security crises in the 21st Century. Dr. Pinstrup-Andersen also led research efforts which enabled the governments of... Read More →

Speakers
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Mohammed Amin Adam

Executive Director, Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP)
Mohammed Amin Adam is the Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP). His experience in the public sector covered his work as an Energy Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Energy in Ghana, Commissioner of Ghana’s Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission; and as a former Deputy Minister and Mayor of Ghana’s third city of Tamale. As Specialist on Africa’s energy and governance policy, he is currently... Read More →
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Dr. Marco Ferroni

Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
Marco Ferroni is Executive Director of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. The Foundation’s mission is to modernize agriculture and small-scale farming by the route of sustainable intensification, diversification and links to markets. Scalable solutions for farmers is the motto in six work thrusts: R&D, market-led extension, seed systems incubation, risk management, policy development and outreach. Before joining the... Read More →
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Ndidi Nwuneli

Co-founder, AACE Food Processing & Distribution
Ndidi Nwuneli is co-founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution, an agroprocessing company and a partner at Sahel Capital. Nwuneli started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company but returned to Nigeria to serve as executive director of the FATE Foundation in 2000. She established LEAP Africa in 2002, a leading leadership development organization, and NIA in 2003, a non-profit which empowers female university... Read More →
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Dr. Jimmy Smith

Director General, International Livestock Research Institute
Jimmy Smith, a Canadian, is the director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a position he assumed in 2011. Before joining ILRI, he worked for the World Bank in Washington, DC, where he led the Bank’s Global Livestock Portfolio. He has also held senior positions at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA), and the Caribbean Agricultural... Read More →
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Dr. Kurt Weinberger

President, International Association of Agricultural Production Insurers
Kurt Weinberger is currently the President of the International Association of Agricultural  Insurers (AIAG). AIAG connects 101 agricultural insurers as well as reinsurers and brokers worldwide and represents a premium of 29 billion USD.  Weinberger is also the CEO of the crop insurance company (ÖHV) in Austria, which insures hail, drought, flood etc. with branches in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary. Weinberger... Read More →


Friday October 17, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

11:00am

Borlaug's Dream for Wheat: Technology and Collaboration to Confront Rust Disease
Moderators
avatar for Dr. Ronnie Coffman

Dr. Ronnie Coffman

International Professor of Plant Breeding, Director of International Programs, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Ronnie Coffman serves as International Professor of Plant Breeding and Director of International Programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, and as Principal Investigator of the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project, the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat project, and the Agricultural Innovations Partnership. Previous positions include Associate Dean for Research and Director, Cornell University Agricultural... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Hans‐Joachim Braun

Dr. Hans‐Joachim Braun

Director, Global Wheat Program, CIMMYT
Hans‐Joachim Braun, a native of Germany has a background in wheat breeding and is currently based in Mexico. Since 2004, Braun has served as Director of CIMMYT’s Global Wheat Program, which develops and distributes wheat germplasm to more than 250 cooperators in around 100 countries. He previously lived in Turkey for 20 years, where he lead the TURKEY‐CIMMYT‐ICARDA International Winter Wheat Improvement Program. He contributed to... Read More →
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Dr. Catherine Feuillet

Sr. VP Trait Research, Bayer CropScience
Catherine Feuillet has headed the Trait Research department at Bayer CropScience since July 2013. Previously, she was research director and leader of the group, “Structure, function and evolution of the wheat genomes,” at the INRA, Clermont-Ferrand (France). She received her PhD in 1993 at the University Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France) working on genes involved in lignification in Eucalyptus In 2009, she received the "Prix Foulon... Read More →
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Dr. Indu Sharma

Project Director, Directorate of Wheat Research
Indu Sharma has been the integral part of the wheat-breeding program for several decades. Currently, she is working for the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and has a position leading the All India Wheat and Barley Improvement Project which is being operated across 31 centres in the country. A special initiative was taken up in the Directorate of Wheat Research under her leadership for analyzing more than 5500 wheat grain samples... Read More →
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Dr. Mahmoud Solh

Director General, International Center for Agriculture Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA)
Dr Mahmoud Solh assumed office of the Director General of the International Center for Agricultural research in Dry areas (ICARDA) on 8 May 2006. He has been associated with international agricultural research and development in the dry areas since 1972 when he became a staff member of the Arid Land Agricultural Development (ALAD) Program of the Ford Foundation in the Near East, the predecessor of ICARDA. Dr Solh returned to ICARDA after serving... Read More →


Friday October 17, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)

12:00pm

Laureate Luncheon Address
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram

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 →


Friday October 17, 2014 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Des Moines Room Downtown Des Moines Marriott (3rd Floor)

2:00pm

Iowa Farm Tours, Hosted by the Iowa Soybean Association
Experience a real Iowa family farm during harvest to see and hear what goes on at the farm including discussions about what it takes to produce sustainable, nutritious and safe food. The tour will depart from the Marriott lobby at 2 p.m. and return to the Marriott by 5:00 pm. The tour is limited to the first 160 symposium attendees who register. No additional fees required. Sponsored and hosted by Iowa Soybean Association. What to wear: Casual clothes and closed toe shoes. This tour will be held regardless of weather (rain or shine) so please make sure to be prepared for variances in temperature that are a normal part of autumn in Iowa.

Register here: www.worldfoodprize.org/farmtours

Friday October 17, 2014 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Family Farms in Nevada and Slater, Iowa