2016 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium
"Let Food Be Thy Medicine"
Focus on: Leadership, Nutrition, Conflict and Infrastructure
As we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug establishing the World Food Prize, our 2016 conference will convene a fantastic array of international leaders, policy makers, farmers, executives from agribusiness and non-governmental organizations, and scientific, academic and development experts to address the most critical issues facing global food security.
The title of the 2016 Borlaug Dialogue "Let Food Be Thy Medicine," a quote attributed to Hippocrates approximately 2,400 years ago, best captures the ground-breaking achievement for which the 2016 World Food Prize laureates are being honored - the development and implementation of biofortification, breeding critical vitamins and micronutrients into staple crops, thereby dramatically reducing "hidden hunger" for millions.
As the 2016 World Food Prize honors the impact of biofortified crops in positively impacting the health and nutrition of people around the world, our 2016 Borlaug Dialogue will include an emphasis on the crucial role of nutrition in global food security. Other themes and highlighted speakers are listed below:
- H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius
- H.E. Dr. Joyce Banda, Former President of Malawi
- Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
- H.E. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group
Discussion topics and highlights of the program will include:
- Ambassadors and leading foreign policy officials examining issues of national security and food security regions beset with crisis;
- Business executives at the forefront of enhancing nutrition, innovation and confronting climate volatility;
- African women leaders driving science and innovation for agricultural transformation in Africa;
- Food Security in Crisis: Syria, Boko Haram & El Niño;
- The role of public universities in confronting the grand challenges of global food security;
- A discussion on the availability of a healthy global diet and progress on food and nutrition security, presented by the World Food Center at the University of California, Davis;
- The Borlaug-Rockefeller connection: Inspiring the next generation of leaders in global food security; and
- The Borlaug-Sasakawa connection as 2016 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Sasakawa Africa Association.
In addition to the plenary symposium program of keynote speakers and conversation sessions, we are also pleased to offer media 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 12, 5:30 pm) This event honors a scientist under the age of 40 who emulates Dr. Borlaug. More information is available here.This event is open to the media.
- Iowa Farm Tours (Oct 14, 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. This event is open to the media.
Important Registration Information:
- Iowa registration: For non-media: 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: For non-media: Undergraduate students may attend the Borlaug Dialogue at a special $99 rate, while graduate students may attend the Borlaug Dialogue at the reduced rate of $295. Registration at both of the reduced student rates will gain the participant access to all Borlaug Dialogue plenary sessions, symposium meals (Thursday luncheon, Friday morning breakfast, Friday afternoon laureate luncheon), Wednesday evening Borlaug Field Award for Research and Application Ceremony and Reception, but not the Thursday evening World Food Prize Laureate Awards Ceremony and Dinner.
To qualify for the special $99 or $295 student rates, 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 scanned letter to email@example.com. Upon receipt, we will contact you with further registration instructions. All requests must be received by October 1, 2016.
- Laureate Award Ceremony (Oct 13): For non-media: 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 2016 Borlaug Dialogue.
- Global Youth Institute (Oct 15, at DuPont Pioneer): Each year, more than 300 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 inspiring event, the next generation presents and discusses their solutions to global food security challenges with a "faculty panel" of international experts and their peers, connects with other students from around the world, tours cutting-edge industrial and research facilities, and takes part in discussions with global leaders in science, industry and policy. This event is open to the media.
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