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World Food Prize 2014 Borlaug Dialogue

Oct. 15 - 17, 2014

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

On Wed., Oct 15, the World Food Prize convenes its 2014 Borlaug Dialogue, an international symposium that brings together leaders from around the world in Des Moines, Iowa. 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 2014 Borlaug Centennial Laureate is Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Taking stock of where we currently stand in meeting the “greatest challenge in human history”;
  • Closing yield gaps while addressing pressing water, gender and nutrition challenges and disparities;
  • The role of information technology and data to increase productivity, conserve the environment, adapt to climate volatility and consumer needs, and improve the lives of farmers and other participants along the value chain;
  • Sustainable intensification to improve productivity with a special focus on soils and fertilizers;
  • Innovations in insurance and agrofinancing;
  • And the role of the next generation in the fight against hunger through the DialogueNEXT conversation that features young innovators and thought leaders who are contributing new ideas, concepts and achievements toward this goal.

A highlight on Thursday, Oct. 16, is the awarding of the 40 Chances Fellowships – the special initiative announced at the 2013 Borlaug Dialogue with former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Howard G. Buffett – to four young innovators under the age of 40, who will each receive $150,000 in start-up funds to implement market and social entrepreneurship projects to confront hunger, poverty and conflict in Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

2014 Global Food Security Index Relaunch & DuPont Turkey Sustainable Agriculture & Food Summit

May 28, 2014

Location: The Marmara Esma Sultan
Istanbul, Turkey

The DuPont Turkey Sustainable Agriculture & Food Summit will focus on food security, the role of sustainable agriculture, and innovative food and nutrition solutions. The event will also feature a special report from The Economist Intelligence Unit on its refreshed Global Food Security Index.

Spotlight on Food Security: Fortifying Australia’s Role in Asia Food Security

March 11, 2014

Location: National Press Club
Barton ACT 2600, Australia

This DuPont Australia sponsored food security forum will feature the launch of ground-breaking new research from the Economist Intelligence Unit and its Global Food Security Index. The forum will include a panel discussion featuring key figures from policy / political, agricultural, food, trade and economic sectors.

IFAMA 2014 – The Road to 2050, The Talent Factor

June 17 - 19, 2014

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

The 23rd Annual International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) World Forum and Symposium focused on how to develop and sustain talent across the diverse value chain of global food production – from smallholder farmers in emerging regions of the world to the sophisticated commercial agriculture practices in mature economies. A who’s who of agriculture examined the technologies and talent development approaches that have the potential to propel Agribusiness towards the achievement of global food security. DuPont is pleased to be a sponsor of the event. To learn more about the conference visit, http://www.ifama2014.com/

IFPRI 2020 Conference – Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security

May 15 - 17, 2014

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IPFRI) 2020 Policy Consultation & Conference will bring together policymakers, practitioners, and scholars to discuss how resilience can be strengthened for food and nutrition security. The conference will:

  • Articulate an intellectual framework for resilience;
  • Identify key emerging shocks that pose the biggest threats to food and nutrition security, where resilience needs to be significantly strengthened;
  • Assess experiences through case studies and draw out lessons from programs, policies, institutions, and investments around the world;
  • Identify key approaches and tools to build resilience to shocks;
  • Set priorities for action by different actors and in different regions; and
  • Identify knowledge and action gaps in research, policy, and programming that need to be met or scaled up in order to successfully build resilience to food and nutrition insecurity.

To learn more about the conference visit: http://www.2020resilience.ifpri.info/.

World Economic Forum on Africa

May 7 - 9, 2014

Location: Transcorp Hilton Abuja Hotel
Abuja, Nigeria, Africa

As the foremost gathering on the continent, the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa will bring together regional and global leaders to discuss innovative structural reforms and investments that can sustain the continent’s growth while creating jobs and prosperity for all its citizens. DuPont is pleased to be a strategic partner for the event. To learn more visit, http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-africa.

FFA National Convention

Location:

Borlaug International Symposium, World Food Prize

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Global Food Security Index 2013 Relaunch

7/2/13

Location: Santiago, Chile,

International Food and Agribusiness Management Forum & Symposium

06/16/13 - 06/20/13

Location: Atlanta, GA

Come visit DuPont at the 23rd annual International Food and Agribusiness Management Forum & Symposium (IFAMA) event in Atanta, GA.

On Wednesday, June 19th, tune into: “Achieving Food Security” a keynote address by Jim Borel, Executive Vice President, DuPont. This event will be live-streamed at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Also on June 19th attend:

Global Food Security Index Workshop

Led by the Economist Intelligence Unit

2:15 p.m. ET, Wednesday, June 19

The Economist Intelligence Unit will conduct an interactive workshop to explore the Global Food Security Index (http://foodsecurityindex.eiu.com/), a unique tool sponsored by DuPont, that considers the underlying drivers of food security in 105 countries worldwide.  Leo Abruzzese, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s  editorial director, will present an overview of the Global Food Security Index model and demonstrate to participants ways in which the model can be used in their own work and research. Conference registration required to attend.

 

2012 Borlaug Dialogue

10/17/2012 - 10/19/2012

Location: Des Moines Marriott Downtown Hotel
Des Moines, Iowa

Partnerships & Priorities: Transforming the Global Food Security Agenda

With the pressing environmental and demographic challenges facing a hungry world, we have seen a growing push toward international collaboration between institutions, disciplines, public and private sectors and countries. The 2012 Borlaug Dialogue will highlight the role of partnerships and their importance in confronting hunger challenges by driving forward cutting edge research and application at the intersection of science, education and enterprise.

The “Partnerships and Priorities” theme will ask several critical questions:

  • What are some of the lessons learned from past partnerships?
  • Where do we want to be and how do we best leverage partnerships to get there?
  • How is the traditional food security agenda being transformed with new models of collaboration around the world?

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17, this three-day dialogue will address the questions above. For the full agenda, schedule of events and a list of speakers, please click here.

Iowa Hunger Summit

10/16/2012

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

The Iowa Hunger Summit seeks to gather leaders from across Iowa representing community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, social agencies, churches and religious communities, schools and universities, and other individuals and groups that lead or participate in projects to confront hunger.

This event is held annually and includes the official World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony as well as a Borlaug dialogue international symposium bringing increased awareness and attention to the issues of global food security, agriculture and science. Learn More.

The Global Food Security Index’s Price Adjustment Factor Unveiling

10/17/2012

Location: World Food Prize (Teleconference)
Des Moines, Iowa

Join DuPont, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and special guest speakers for the unveiling of a new tool to assess the impact of food price shocks at the nation level. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, an expert panel will discuss the findings of the Price Adjustment Factor, an interactive tool that presents a new level of insight into the potential impact of food price fluctuations on the ability to address food security at the local level. Commissioned by DuPont and created by the EIU, the Price Adjustment Factor of the Global Food Security Index captures the impact of changing food prices and other macroeconomic considerations over time in 105 countries, on a country by country basis.

Please join the forum via teleconference on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. CDT. Use this information below to access the call.

  • Toll free number for callers within the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico: (877) 941-8269
  • Conference ID: 4570696
  • If your country is not listed in the grid below, please use the U.S. caller paid number: (480) 629-9799.
Country Number Country Number
Belgium 0800-50-931 India 000-800-100-6662
Brazil 0800-892-1701 Mexico 001-888-425-5213
Chile 1230-020-9278 Netherlands 0800-265-8531
China North 10800-744-0044 Peru 0800-54-019
China South 10800-440-0044 Russia 495-580-9532
Denmark 80-88-54-85 South Africa 0800-991-274
Ethiopia 32-2290-1610 United Kingdom 0800-358-5269

 

2012 ASEAN Media Forum

Location: The Ritz-Carlton

Food Ingredients India

09/06/12 - 09/07/12

Location: Mumbai, India

Food Ingredients India 2012 brings together thousands of food and beverage suppliers and manufacturers. The conference will highlight industry developments, innovations and critical issues, featuring speakers from leading manufacturers, ingredients suppliers and research organizations. Learn more. 

Food Ingredients China

03/28/12 - 03/30/12

Location: Shanghai, China

The largest international food additives and ingredients industry show in Asia, Food Ingredients China will have over 1,000 exhibitors from more than 20 countries. Learn More. 

Agriculture Productivity Not Accelerating Fast Enough to Meet Demand in 2050

Global Harvest Initiative’s 2014 GAP Report® Highlights Obstacles to Meeting Needs of 9 Billion People in 2050

The Global Agricultural ImperativeIf the latest trend continues, the world may not be able to sustainably supply enough food and other agricultural goods to meet exponentially growing demand during the next three decades. Today, the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) announced that stark reality as it released its fifth annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®) at the World Food Prize Symposium. The GAP Index™ is an annual snapshot of agricultural productivity growth measured against growth in global population and food demand. The report notes that for the first time in several years — global agricultural productivity is not accelerating fast enough to meet the expected agricultural demand by 2050 through sustainable practices. 

“This year’s report shows a clear gap that could dramatically impact people all around the globe,” said Dr. Margaret Zeigler, executive director of GHI. ”Raising productivity across all regions and for farmers of any size and scale requires long-term investments and sustained focus if we are going to have sufficient nutritious and affordable food and agriculture.” Zeigler continued, “To realize the promise of new global revolutions in agriculture, we need greater investment in agricultural research and development, better trade agreements for facilitation of global and regional trade in agriculture, and a commitment to apply information and science-based technologies. We must also promote the empowerment of women in society and in agricultural production, as their contributions will be key to lifting up the nutritional status of the next generation.”

The Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) is a private-sector voice for productivity growth throughout the agricultural value chain to sustainably meet the demands of a growing world. Since its establishment in 2009, GHI has been focused on the importance of agricultural productivity for global food security, and since 2010, GHI has released its signature GAP Report®, an annual benchmark of the global rate of agricultural productivity. DuPont Pioneer is a supporting member of GHI.

Find the complete GAP Report® here.

 

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, 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

The Need for a “Common Language” to Support Global Food Security

At DuPont, we’re committed to working with NGOs, governments, academia and others in the industry to provide local solutions to address the greatest challenges facing global food security. One of the primary reasons we commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit to create the Global Food Security Index in 2012 was our recognition that a tool was needed to unify the exchange of data and ideas around food security into a common language. A key part of continuing to cultivate an informed exchange of ideas is actively listening to the international dialogue on the subject and working to further the conversation.

FoodSecurityConvo_2013We recently partnered with the social media analytics firm Crimson Hexagon, to gain a deeper understanding around how people think and talk about food security. With the help of their social media analysts and their analytics platform ForSight™, they evaluated social media posts in eight different languages, irrespective of country of origin – English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Indonesian, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese – gaining key insights on the major food security themes, topics, and events in 2013.

Then to deepen our understanding of the cultural differences in the conversation, we worked with their social media analysts and leveraged their opinion analyst algorithm to break down the discussion by four categories – food affordability, food availability, food quality and safety, and all other food conversation.

Key Findings:

  • English is the only language for which affordability was the most prominent theme of conversation. Topics included food banks/pantries, government programs, school food programs and resource allocation.
  • Access to clean drinking water and water treatment plants dominated dialogue among Spanish and French speakers.
  • Concern about fake and poisonous food, genetically modified organisms, and water, air, and soil pollution, led Chinese conversations.
  • In Arabic, general food security and “end world hunger” posts represented the largest share of conversation.
  • Learning from farmers, millennium development goals, climate and sustainable agriculture were significant topics of conversation in Indonesian.
  • Portuguese conversation topics focused mainly on family farms and agriculture, and government food programs.
  • Japanese conversations primarily centered on concerns about nuclear contamination and soil pollution affecting food safety.

Ultimately, food security is a topic that requires ongoing discussion. While the issue is global, each nation has its own set of food security concerns and priorities.

We must fully leverage the data and tools available to us – like the Index – to identify where the gaps are most significant and make better-informed decisions and policies. Collaborations among the public and private sector will continue to help us prevent hunger and address the barrier and opportunities to global food security. Visit the Global Food Security Index to learn more about the drivers of food security.

Crimson Hexagon is a leading provider of social media analytics software. If you have questions about methodology or findings, please send inquiries to info@crimsonhexagon.com.