Seed Security for Food Security Forum – a 2016 Borlaug Dialogue Side Event

15-2838 DuPont Seed Forum-icon-186Join us for a forum about the role of seed security and crop diversity in global food security and agricultural sustainability.

The Forum brings together a diverse group of influential contributors and stakeholders to consider the importance of seed security and crop diversity to increase food security and agricultural sustainability. Seed security requires persistent and effective seed systems to serve farmers across all production scales. The Forum will include presentations and expert panel discussions.

This is an official side event of the World Food Prize 2016 Borlaug Dialogue

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Marriott Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Program 

SPEAKERS biographies below

  Peter Button, Vice Secretary-General, International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV)
  Dr. Ruben G. Echeverria, Director General, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
  Jerry Flint, Vice President for Industry Relations & Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer
  Bradley Kurtz, Global Crop Biodiversity, DuPont Pioneer
  Moses Siambi, Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa, International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
  Arturo Silva H., International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

There is no charge to attend the Forum and seating is limited!


Morning Session

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Bradley Kurtz, Global Crop Biodiversity, DuPont Pioneer

Presentations – Session focused on how the international legal landscape effects germplasm and seed availability
Peter Button, UPOV – The Role of the UPOV in Seed Security
Bradley Kurtz, DuPont Pioneer – The Role of the Treaties in Germplasm, Breeding and Food Security

Afternoon Session

Jerry Flint – Vice President for Industry Relations & Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer
Jim Gaffney – Global Biotech Affairs & Regulatory Leade, DuPont Pioneer
Arturo Silva H., CIMMYT – Increasing Maize Yields for Smallholder Farmers
Moses Siambi, ICRISAT – Platform for Sorghum and Millet Improvement in Africa
Dr. Ruben G. Echeverria, CIAT – The Role of CIAT in Food Security

Moderator: Bradley Kurtz, DuPont Pioneer
Guests: All speakers

Closing Remarks
John Duesing, Senior Director, IP Asset Protection, DuPont Pioneer


 button_pix Peter Button, Vice Secretary-General of UPOV

Mr. Peter Button was appointed Vice Secretary‑General of UPOV on December 1, 2010, having previously held the role of Technical Director at UPOV since 2000.

Mr. Button, a national of the United Kingdom, holds a B.Sc. Honors degree in Biological Sciences.  From 1981 to 1987 he worked for Twyford Seeds Ltd., a UK plant breeding company, in the development of new cereal varieties.  Between 1987 and 1994 he was the General Manager of Twygen Ltd., a company which developed micropropagation systems for the commercial production of seed potatoes and soft fruit stocks.  He continued in the role of General Manager of GenTech Propagation Ltd., following the change of ownership and company name in 1994.  In 1996, Mr. Button joined the British Society of Plant Breeders Ltd. (BSPB) as Technical Liaison Manager, where his responsibilities included the operation of officially licensed variety trials.  In 1998, he became Technical Liaison Officer for the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Plant Variety and Seeds Division), where he was responsible for the operation of the tests and trials associated with the UK Plant Breeders’ Rights and National List schemes and Seed Certification in England and Wales, and was the United Kingdom representative in the UPOV Technical Committee.

 ruben-g-echeverria  Dr. Ruben G. Echeverria, Director General, CIAT

Born in Uruguay, Dr. Echeverria has worked on agricultural and rural development issues for over 30 years. He studied Agronomy at the University of Uruguay and Agriculture Economics at the University of Minnesota. In the early 1980s Echeverría worked for the Uruguayan Land Reform Institute, heading its extension service.  In the mid 1980s, as part of his Ph.D. thesis, he conducted field research in Mexico and Guatemala, based at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s he worked on agricultural research policy issues and strengthening national research capacities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, based at the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) of the CGIAR, located in the Netherlands.

In 1992, he joined the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C. where he worked at the Agriculture and the Environment Divisions in the preparation of several agricultural and rural development projects in Latin America. From 2000 to 2004, he was Director of agriculture and rural development from where he promoted the development of a regional rural development strategy for LAC; the creation of the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (Fontagro), an endowment that funds competitively regional research programs; and the creation of the Inter-Agency Group for Rural Development in LAC.

From 2004 to early 2009, he was the Executive Director of the Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), based at FAO in Rome. From there he worked with the 15 Centers of the CGIAR on priorities and strategies, impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation and the mobilization of science.

Since March 2009 Dr. Echeverría is the Director General of International Center for Tropical AgricultureCIAT (a CGIAR Center) based in Colombia. CIAT was established in 1967 and has a global research mandate related to food security, adaptation to climate change and the management of natural resources.

jerry_flint_2014 Jerry Flint, Ph.D., Vice President, Industry Affairs & Regulatory, DuPont Pioneer

Jerry Flint leads Industry Affairs and Regulatory (IA&R) at DuPont Pioneer – a global, integrated team focused on delivering new plant biotechnology from the R&D pipeline to the commercial business, and ultimately, the hands of farmer customers.

In this role, he directs global regulatory strategy, regulatory science, global policy and scientific affairs, stakeholder and community engagement, product registration and stewardship efforts. Under his leadership, Pioneer has achieved more efficient regulatory approvals for farmers in developed countries to grow and export biotech grain and is bringing biotech crop cultivation to farmers in new parts of the world.

Dr. Flint represents Pioneer on the Crop Life International Plant Biotech Steering Committee, the Biotechnology Industry Organization Food and Agriculture Governing Board and the Council for Biotechnology Information Executive Committee. In 2013, he helped found GMO Answers, which is a new effort sponsored by DuPont, through its biotechnology industry association partners, to openly address consumer questions.

He is a member of the DuPont Pioneer Leadership Team and the DuPont Biotech Steering Team.

Throughout his 25-plus year career in the industry, Dr. Flint has enjoyed the challenge of working with growers, scientists and those throughout agriculture to bring new technology to market. Jerry earned his Bachelor of Science in agriculture from Purdue University and his Master of Science and doctorate in crop science from the University of Kentucky.

 arturo-silva-hinojosa_sm Arturo Silva Hinojosa, Seed Systems Development Lead, CIMMYT

In his current role, Mr. Silva Hinojosa leads the International Maize Improvement Consortium Latin America platform for the regional maize seed industry, public sector researchers, and CIMMYT collaboration to improve smallholder maize productivity through improvement and dissemination of high yielding, stress-tolerant, and nutritionally-enhanced hybrids for the Latin American and African tropics/subtropics, especially under the MasAgro and DTMASS Projects.  Prior to joining CIMMYT, he held several sales and marketing manager roles in the agriculture industry.

 moses_sm Moses Siambi, Ph.D. Regional Director, Eastern & Southern Africa, ICRISAT

Dr. Siambi holds a Ph.D from Iowa State University and is an Agronomist with extensive knowledge of farming and seed systems in eastern and southern Africa. He has worked as a maize and legumes agronomist for more than three decades, mainly with smallholder farmers in marginal areas. He has extensive knowledge of dryland agriculture, seed production and delivery systems, and policy. Dr. Siambi has a good understanding of systems and action research using Modelling as a tool to understand the complex interaction between crops and the environment. He has been a Principal Investigator of USAID – Feed the Future funded projects in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique that have been successfully implemented for research and up-scaling. He leads a Feed the Future project being implemented in Kenya through a consortium of three CGIAR centres, and is the Principal Investigator of a Sorghum and Millets project funded by the BMGF that targets six countries in West and Eastern Africa.During his decade long stay in Malawi as the ICRISAT Country Representative, he played a major role in the development of the groundnut value chain and seed systems for pigeonpea and groundnut, as well as contributing to development of the legumes sector in general. The spill-over effects of this work have spread beyond southern Africa and the seed delivery model remains one of the most successful examples.

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