The World Food Prize Foundation

2021 Borlaug Dialogue Agenda

All times in Central Daylight Time, USA

Monday, October 18


Virtual Side Events

Post-Harvest Loss reduction is about more than reducing Post-Harvest Loss | Consortium for Innovation in Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction, The Rockefeller Foundation, & FFAR
9:00 a.m. CDT - 10:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Laureate Lounge - Rattan Lal and Philip Nelson
9:00 a.m. CDT - 11:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

2021 Norman Borlaug Lecture: Aquatic Foods for Nourishing Nations with Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted
Iowa State University, Memorial Union, Great Hall
8:00 p.m. CDT - 9:00 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Tuesday, October 19


Virtual Side Events

Enabling Food and Nutrition Security in Drylands - International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
6:30 a.m CDT - 8:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs and Reaching Women Farmers: Gender-Inclusive Last Mile Agent ModelCatholic Relief Services
7:00 a.m CDT - 8:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Laureate Lounge - Robert Mwanga and Simon Groot
7:00 a.m. CDT - 9:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

New MCC Tools to Build Food Security | Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
8:00 a.m. CDT - 9:30 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet | WorldFish - CGIAR
8:00 a.m. CDT - 9:30 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Decarbonising the Agriculture Sector with Climate-Smart Innovation | British Consulate to the U.S.
8:00 a.m. CDT - 9:30 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Using Fish to Mitigate Malnutrition: Research to Test Innovative, Sustainable Approaches - Feed the Future - Fish Innovation Lab
9:30 a.m. CDT - 10:30 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Reconciling Agroecology and Biotechnology | U.S. State Department
11:00 a.m. CDT - 12:00 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Indo-American Association of Iowa
11:30 a.m. CDT - 12:30 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Laureate Lounge - Gurdev Khush and Jan Low
5:30 p.m. CDT - 7:30 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Wednesday, October 20


Main Stage Events

Opening Session - Welcome by Barbara Stinson, President, World Food Prize Foundation
9:00 a.m. CDT - 9:15 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Roundtable 1: Research & Innovation
9:15 a.m. CDT - 10:30 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Transforming food systems requires a strong evidence base along with technology innovations. Research provides the evidence needed to produce safe, nutritious diets, especially for our most vulnerable populations. Research and technology advancements must improve agricultural production and the sustainability of food systems. Through these and other key topics, roundtable speakers will highlight successful projects for rapidly scaling rural agriculture development. 

Rural Renaissance Key to Revitalize Global Economies
Paul Schickler - Owner, Third AG; Retired President, DuPont Pioneer
Beth Ford - President & CEO, Land O' Lakes
10:30 a.m. CDT - 10:50 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Chair of the Council of Advisors at the World Food Prize Foundation, Paul Schickler, and Land O'Lakes President and CEO Beth Ford discuss the state of farmers access to new tools and technology in rural areas and the need for expanded access. They will address critical issues like climate change, youth and how the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted rural communities. Beth and Paul will explore the importance of ensuring access to technologies such as broadband, to bring about greater connectivity between urban and rural communities, which are co-dependent in the area of food security.

Workshop A: The Global Food Security Index: Exploring Challenges and Developing Solutions
10:50 a.m. CDT - 11:50 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

The 10th iteration of the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) launches on October 12, 2021. This long running index developed by Economist Impact and funded by Corteva Agriscience will be used in the workshop to analyze data across multiple years and identify lessons learned across the entire program. Additionally, the 2021 GFSI tool will be used to examine underlying factors affecting food insecurity across the world.

Networking Break/Coffee
11:50 a.m. CDT - 12:00 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Workshop B: Accelerating Women's Access to Productive Resources to Produce More and Better
12:00 p.m. CDT - 1:00 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

LadyAgri’s gender-smart investment approach demonstrates how increasing women’s equitable access to resources leads to more sustainable food systems. We will hear directly from African entrepreneurs and cooperative leaders explaining their own gender-responsive business models, the viability of their businesses, and how they overcame COVID-19 market disruptions.

Borlaug Field Award Ceremony
1:00 p.m. CDT - 1:30 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Networking Break/Coffee
1:30 p.m. CDT - 1:40 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

CGIAR & WFPF Partnership and 50th Anniversary Celebration
1:40 p.m. CDT - 2:40 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

This event will celebrate the 50 years of CGIAR long-standing relationship with the World Food Prize Foundation, as well as look ahead to CGIARs new portfolio of initiatives that will help transform food, land and water systems in a climate crisis, and ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all while addressing climate change, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.

Virtual Side Events

Research for Innovation: Lessons on Scaling Adoption of Climate-Smart Solutions Through Food and Market Systems - Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture & World Vision US
6:30 a.m. CDT - 8:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Colliding Crises, Converging Solutions: How Public-Private Partnerships Can Build Resilient Rural Communities | Root Capital
7:00 a.m. CDT - 8:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Promoting More Sustainable Aquaculture and Fisheries for Improved Global Food and Nutrition Security | Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, & the Alliance to End Hunger
7:00 a.m. CDT - 8:30 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Innovations in Partnerships in Global Fisheries and Aquaculture | Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
7:30 a.m. CDT - 9:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Global Challenges and Local Solutions to Transform Food Systems: Getting Results in a Global Environment | CropLife International, CropLife America, Global Farmer Network
8:00 a.m. CDT - 9:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Strengthening the Climate for Sustainable Agricultural Growth: 2021 GAP Report | Virginia Tech
8:00 a.m. CDT - 9:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Nourishing the Future: Taking a Systems Approach | Bread for the World, 1,000 Days, Alliance to End Hunger
2:30 p.m. CDT - 4:00 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Thursday, October 21


Main Stage Events

Roundtable 2: Gender Equity & Equitable Livelihoods
9:00 a.m. CDT - 10:15 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Providing women equitable access to resources such as financial services, education, nutrition, and health is needed now more than ever due to the disproportionate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will shine the light on progress needed and the successes being modeled, so we can accelerate action towards achieving gender equity and advancing equitable livelihoods for women and all households.

Spotlight: Advancing Women & Children Further Faster
Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted - WorldFish
Dr. Anita Zaidi -  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
10:45 a.m. CDT - 11:45 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Our 2021 World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted and the President for Gender Equality at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Anita Zaidi, discuss the work of both individuals and what challenges they have faced and how their work influenced their perspectives on these areas and what work needs to be done to advance women and children’s empowerment, education and financial stability.

Workshop C: Antimicrobial Resistance: Preventing the Silent Pandemic in Food Systems
10:45 a.m. CDT - 11:45 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

The silent scourge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens global food systems and human, animal, and environmental health. This session highlights the menace of AMR and provides innovative solutions to tackle this worldwide issue. The featured case studies show how data-driven policies and engagement with farmers, researchers, and government ministries within the context of the One Health paradigm can combat this silent pandemic.

Networking Break/Coffee
11:45 a.m. CDT - 12:00 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

New Frontiers of Science: North American (CA-MX-US) Agriculture Leading Pathways to More Sustainable Global Food Systems | North American Government Agricultural Leaders Dialogue 
12:00 p.m. CDT - 1:00 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

The North American Government Agricultural Leaders Dialogue brings together high-level agriculture leaders from the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States - Deputy Minister Forbes, Secretary Villalobos, and Secretary Vilsack - to discuss pressing issues in agriculture concerning North America, such as climate change, ag innovations and science. Join us for a stimulating hour of discussion and exploration of solutions among these dynamic leaders.

Laureate Award Ceremony
7:00 p.m. CDT - 8:00 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

The World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony is often held in the magnificent Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines. The ceremony rivals that of the Nobel Prize, drawing people from around the world to partake in this event. Each year, world-class performers take the stage to honor the World Food Prize Laureate. Past performers have included Ray Charles, John Denver, Chachi Tadesse, and Kathak Gunjan. Following the Ceremony, the celebration continues at the Laureate Award Gala Reception, held in the Capitol Rotunda.

Join us in the special celebration of the 2021 Laureate, Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, on October 21 at:

Virtual Side Events

The Emergency Response to the Desert Locust Crisis: The Story of How a Humanitarian Crisis Was Successfully Mitigated |Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
6:30 a.m. CDT - 8:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

USE IT OR LOSE IT: A global plan to safeguard fruit and vegetable biodiversity | World Vegetable Center
7:00 a.m. CDT - 7:30 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

The 2021 Borlaug CAST Communication Award Breakfast | Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)
7:00 a.m. CDT - 8:30 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

From Field to Foodscape: Listening to Farmers as We Transform Global Food Systems | The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Farmers’ Forum, India (Bharat Krishak Samaj)
7:30 a.m. CDT - 9:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Role of Youth in Building Resilient Agri-food Systems in Africa | Michigan State University & Alliance for African Partnership
7:30 a.m. CDT - 9:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

U.S. Soybean Farmers Commit to Global Food Security through Association Development | World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH)
8:00 a.m. CDT - 9:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Nutrition & Climate Change: A Conversation with World Food Prize Laureates Rattan Lal and Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted--Implications for Feed the Future and Achieving the SDGs | USAID
8:00 a.m. CDT - 9:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Agriculture for Peace | CIMMYT | International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
8:30 a.m. CDT - 9:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Periodic Table of Food Initiative: What's on Our Plate? - The Rockefeller Foundation, The American Heart Association, The Alliance of Biodiversity International and CIAT
1:00 p.m. CDT - 2:00 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

MCC, Irrigation & Our Country Pipeline | Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
1:00 p.m. CDT - 2:00 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Sistemas agroalimentarios en la región: los desafíos y acciones necesarias | IICA | Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura
1:00 p.m. CDT - 2:30 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

The North American Agricultural Advisory Network (NAAAN) conversation on  Education, Extension and Research: Building blocks for the next generation of Agricultural leadership in North America
2:15 p.m. CDT - 4:00 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Transforming the Food System through Climate Positive Agriculture | Corteva Agriscience
3:00 p.m. CDT - 3:45 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Farm Journal Foundation Speaker Series | Nourishing Food Systems: The Interdependency Between Agriculture and Nutrition | Farm Journal Foundation
3:00 p.m. CDT - 4:30 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Friday, October 22


Main Stage Events

Roundtable 3: Nutrition-Sensitive Food Systems
9 a.m. CDT - 10:15 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Actors at different levels need to work together to improve access to and affordability of healthier foods, ideally including locally produced fruits and vegetables. Blue foods and aquatic food systems play a vital role in achieving good nutrition and health, especially for women and children. Strengthening community engagement and fostering greater government accountability and transparency has been shown to improve access to healthier foods. These and other strategies will be explored by esteemed Roundtable experts.

Workshop D: How Resiliently Designed Food Systems Achieve Both NRM and Nutrition Wins?
10:15am CDT - 11:15am CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Examining ways to apply agroecological principles to build agricultural and livestock systems, this workshop will demonstrate how to achieve gains in both ecological and human health. The comparison between food security programs at different stages of development in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo allows us to analyze the environment-nutrition nexus in these areas. Additionally, the session will walk participants through the use of a new Resilience Design (RD) tool developed under the USAID’s SCALE Award.

Networking Break/Coffee
11:15 a.m. CDT - 11:30 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Roundtable 4: International Cooperation
11:30 a.m. CDT - 12:45 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

This year's UN Food Systems Summit, 49th Committee on World Food Security plenary session, Nutrition For Growth Summit and numerous other dialogues are building momentum in the Decade of Action. In this final Roundtable session, speakers will explore the governance systems needed to guide transformation and move towards system change and implementation. 

Beth Bechdol, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
12:45 p.m. CDT - 1:00 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Closing Session - Closing Remarks by Barbara Stinson, President, World Food Prize Foundation
1:00 p.m. CDT - 1:15 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Virtual Side Events

Laureate Lounge - Catherine Bertini, Howarth Bouis, Gebisa Ejeta, and Lawrence Haddad
6:30 a.m. CDT - 8:30 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Practical Policy & Program Action: Visualization tool for mainstreaming nutrition within critical food systems impact pathways at the country level | World Vision, FAO, and Action Against Hunger
7:30 a.m. CDT - 9:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

A food systems approach to transforming Africa’s soil health: policy, science, implementation and impact | IFDC | International Fertilizer Development Center
7:30 a.m. CDT - 9:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Agricultural Innovation for African Sustainability and Resilience | Board for International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD) and USAID
7:30 a.m. CDT - 9:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Research and Innovation for a Decade of Action - CGIAR
8:00 a.m. CDT - 9:00 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

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