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2014 Borlaug Dialogue – Sustainably Feeding 9 Billion by 2050

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? 

Dupont_hero_homepageThe 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,

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

International Day of Rural Women – the Key to Food Security

According to the United Nations, women comprise approximately 43 percent the agricultural work force in developing countries. Yet as noted the a recent report by the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity, Measuring Global Progress Toward Food Security and Nutrition Security, only 15 percent of extension agents are women and only 5 percent of women have access to extension services. Today we commemorate the United Nations International Day of Rural Women and it’s a good reminder that when we address the needs of rural women farmers we’re helping to solve the challenge of food security.


Webcast: Measuring Progress Toward Food and Nutritional Security

DuPont _contentimage_FUZE linkIn 2010, DuPont convened an Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation & Productivity to explore the global issues affecting food and nutrition security. The Committee defined food security as a three-pronged challenge: unleashing innovation to produce more and nutritionally better food; ensuring access to food; and making all efforts sustainable. As part of their efforts, a report was published in 2011 highlighting two themes that were critical to food and nutrition security – the central role of farmers and the need for a comprehensive and collaborative approach across multiple partners and sectors.

On May 20, the Ag Innovation Committee released its 2014 report. The update explores agricultural sustainability, biotechnology, improved trade policies, the role of women and youth in agriculture, as well as food loss and waste. In this video, Thomas A. Daschle of DLA Piper and Chairman of the Ag Innovation Committee, Mpule Kwelagobe of Mpule Foundation of Endogenous Development, and Jim Borel, DuPont executive vice president, discuss the biggest changes and developments related to food and nutrition security since 2011.


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