The 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium took place at Marriott Des Moines on the 16-20 October 2017. The event convened a fantastic array of international leaders, farmers, agribusiness executives, non-governmental organizations, and development experts to address the most critical issues facing global food security from all around the world.
The main discussion was about; Relationships among conservation, trade, and agricultural productivity in Latin America; Roles of dairy in encouraging global economic development; A global snapshot of fertilizer use and impact around the globe; Biotech research and knowledge transfer in specialty crops;
Securing Africa's farming future by fostering young African farmers; New methods for climate-proofing smallholder farms in Sub-Saharan Africa; The transformation of Eurasian and Russian agriculture from famine to feast.
FANRPAN through Ms Sithembiile Mwamakamba and Mr Lufingo Mwamakamba attended the Intenational Symposium. Ms Mwamakamba participated as a speaker at the event on the session about Securing Africa's farming future on Thursday 19th October 2017. Moderated by Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, the panel included: Sithembile Mwamakamba, FANRPAN; Emma Naluyima, farmer, Uganda; Salif Niang, entrepreneur, Mali; Mercy Lung’aho, nutritionist, Kenya; Ariong Moses, technical specialist, Uganda.
The panel focused on how we can interest African young people in agricultural careers. In addition, the panel used their own personal stories to illustrate broader questions, tactics and strategies for involving more young Africans in agricultural careers, linking these to global issues of ensuring a stable agricultural workforce, ensuring a lively and relevant discussion for participants at the Borlaug Dialogue.
FANRPAN also has been invited by the British Innovation Network to be among the UK Food Security Delegation Welcome Dinner on the 17th October 2017, and the Lighting talks on the 18th October 2017.
The 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium known informally as the "Borlaug Dialogue," is one of the world’s premier global agriculture conferences. Each year it brings together over 1,200 people from more than 65 countries to address cutting-edge issues related to global food security and nutrition.
During the symposium, the prestigious World Food Prize is awarded. It 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. The Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply, including food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences. Since 1986, the World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world.
This year, the World Food Prize Foundation honored the entrepreneurial spirit of farmers, and the ability of agriculture to provide health, wealth, and stability at the personal level and at the international level.
The 2017 Symposium theme, "The Road out of Poverty" is drawn from “Africa’s Norman Borlaug”, our 2017 Laureate President Akinwumi Adesina of the African Development Bank who has made it his life’s mission to promote agriculture, good nutrition, and education as the keys to “uplifting millions out of poverty.”
The Borlaug Dialogue occurs each October on or around World Food Day in conjunction with the awarding of the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. Additional events surrounding the conference include the Global Youth Institute, which aims to inspire the next generation of scientific and humanitarian leaders; the Iowa Hunger Summit, a free, grassroots event for regional hunger-fighting organizations; and several side events held by partner organizations.