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'Borlaug Dialogue' convenes this week

Jeff Caldwell 10/11/2011 @ 9:50am Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Dr. Norman Borlaug helped save the lives of more than 1 billion people. This week, world leaders, policy specialists and ag and food researchers and others are gathering to celebrate Dr. Borlaug's legacy and work to expand on his life's work.

This week's World Food Prize International Symposium culminates in the celebration of this year's winner -- John Agyekum Kufuor, former president of Ghana, and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, former Brazilian president -- but also features a lot of important work by scientists and other leaders in the world food arena that target a single goal, says World Food Prize Ambassador Kenneth Quinn.

"We hope to fulfill Dr. Borlaug’s legacy through lively conversations that spark new ideas to address this most urgent matter of ending hunger in the world,” Quinn says. The 2011 symposium marks the 25th anniversary of the World Food Prize celebration in Des Moines.

This year's event, entitled the "Borlaug Dialogue," also features sessions including:

  • Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, which is currently leading hunger-fighting efforts in the Horn of Africa  
  • Former African presidents, including Joachim Chissano of Mozambique, Sir Dawda Jawara of The Gambia and Olesegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, speaking in an African leadership roundtable
  • The CEOs of many of the world’s major agribusiness companies: ADM, Deere & Co., DuPont, Monsanto, Novozymes and Syngenta  
  • Several international agricultural ministers, speaking in a policy and government panel with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General Elect of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization
  • Howard G. Buffett, President of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which is unveiling its first major advocacy report on hunger in Africa
  • Researchers and non-profit leaders from around the globe.
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