Today, The World Food Prize convenes its 2014 Borlaug Dialogue, an international symposium that brings together in Des Moines, Iowa, agricultural leaders from around the world. This year, the Dialogue is addressing, The Greatest Challenge in Human History: Can We Sustainably Feed the 9 Billion People on Our Planet by Year 2050?
The symposium will highlight the potential of agriculture intensification and innovation to improve the livelihood of smallholder farmers. The 2014 Laureate is Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram, for his scientific research that led to an increase in world wheat production.
All main stage plenary sessions will be webcast live on The World Food Prize website, www.worldfoodprize.org/webcast.
A Few Highlights
Wed., Oct. 15
Dr. Leo Abruzzese, Global Forecasting Director and Director of Public Policy with the Economist Intelligence Unit, will join Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development with the Imperial College of London, as he hosts the session, Critical Factors in Meeting the Greatest Challenge, at 1:15 pm CT.
Thurs., Oct. 16
Dr. Ruth Oniang’o, Chair of the Saskawa Africa Association, will participate in a 7 a.m. session, No Ordinary Matter: A Prelude to a Montpellier Panel Report on Enhancing Africa’s Soils. Oniang’o, a Montpellier Panel member and member of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture Innovation and Productivity, joins other experts from the Montpellier Panel and from soil sciences for this morning discussion.
Dr. Pedro Sanchez, 2002 World Food Prize Laureate, Director of Agriculture and Food Security Center, Earth Institute at Columbia University and member of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture Innovation and Productivity, is moderating a panel of five guests starting at 8 a.m., Soil Health & the Fertilizer Gap. Joining Sanchez on this panel is another member of the Advisory Board, Dr. Ruth Oniang’o.
DuPont Pioneer President, Paul Schickler, will participate in a panel discussion on day two of the symposium at 10:30 a.m. CT, Focus on Africa: Policy and Partnerships. Moderating this session is Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sabanda Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission, Food Agriculture and Nature Resources Policy Analysis Network.