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2014 Borlaug Dialogue and Global Youth Institute (Oct 15-18)

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The Greatest Challenge in Human History:
Can We Sustainably Feed the 9 Billion People on our Planet
by the Year 2050?
As we conclude the yearlong Centennial Observance of the birth of our founder, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue symposium will draw upon Dr. Borlaug's legacy and address “The Greatest Challenge in Human History: Can We Sustainably Feed the 9 Billion People on our Planet by the Year 2050?” The Dialogue will give special emphasis to the powers of intensification, innovation and inspiration to uplift smallholder farmers and meet the increasing demand for nutritious food.

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 which features young innovators and thought leaders who are contributing new ideas, concepts and achievements toward this goal. 

A special highlight at this year's Borlaug Dialogue will be the awarding of the 40 Chances Fellowships - the special initiative we 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.

Referred to as the "premier conference in the world on global agriculture", the Borlaug Dialogue will feature expertise and diverse perspectives of governmental leaders; policymakers; farmers; CEOs and executives from agribusiness and non-governmental organizations; and scientific, academic and development experts from around the world. Highlighted speakers include:

  • His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma, President, Republic of Sierra Leone
  • His Excellency Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • The Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, United States
  • His Excellency Enrique Martinez y Martinez, Secretary of Agriculture, Mexico
  • Her Excellency Florence Chenoweth, Minister of Agriculture, Liberia

In addition to the plenary symposium program of keynote speakers and conversation sessions, we are also pleased to offer Borlaug Dialogue attendees the opportunity to register for the the following events: 
  • Reception for the Borlaug Field Award for Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation (Oct 15, 5:30 pm)
  • Iowa Farm Tours (Oct 17, afternoon): Organized by the Iowa Soybean Association, this event will provide an opportunity for international and national guests to travel to a real working Iowa farm during harvest. 

If you have any technical difficulties while registering, please call the Eventbrite registration support line at: 1-888-810-2063. Thank you.

Important Registration Information:
  • Iowa registration: To qualify for the Iowa resident rate, you must be attending the symposium as a private individual (not representing any company or organization), must reside within the state of Iowa and register with a valid Iowa address. If you qualify, please register here.
  • Student registration: To qualify for the special $99 student rate, please send a request letter with your full name and dates of attendance. The letter must be on university letterhead and signed by a faculty member. Please email the letter to wfp@worldfoodprize.org. Upon receipt, we will contact you with further registration instructions.  All requests must be received by October 1, 2014.
  • Laureate Award Ceremony (Oct 16): While the Laureate Award Ceremony is by invitation only, The World Food Prize Foundation makes every effort to include international guests and senior-level national guests at the event. Invitations will be issued in late summer and the registration process for this event is completely separate from the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue. 
  • Global Youth Institute (Oct 18): Each year, more than 150 exceptional high school students and their teachers from across the United States and other countries are selected to participate in the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute. At this event, student delegates present and discuss their findings with a "faculty panel" of international experts and their peers, connect with other students from around the world, tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities, and take part in discussions with global leaders in science, industry and policy. 
Have questions about 2014 Borlaug Dialogue and Global Youth Institute (Oct 15-18)? Contact The World Food Prize Foundation


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The World Food Prize Foundation

The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing -- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs -- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. By honoring those who have worked successfully toward this goal, The Prize calls attention to what has been done to improve global food security and to what can be accomplished in the future.

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