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2021 Borlaug Dialogue Transcripts

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Wednesday, October 20

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

Roundtable 1: Research & Innovation - Transcript 
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 - Transcript 
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 - Transcript 
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.

Workshop B: Accelerating Women's Access to Productive Resources to Produce More and Better - Transcript 
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 - Transcript 
1:00 p.m. CDT - 1:30 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

CGIAR & WFPF Partnership and 50th Anniversary Celebration - Transcript 
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.

 

Thursday, October 21

Roundtable 2: Gender Equity & Equitable Livelihoods - Transcript
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 - Transcript
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 - Transcript
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.

New Frontiers of Science: North American (CA-MX-US) Agriculture Leading Pathways to More Sustainable Global Food Systems | North American Government Agricultural Leaders Dialogue  - Transcript
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 - Transcript
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.

Friday, October 22

Roundtable 3: Nutrition-Sensitive Food Systems - Transcript
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.

Roundtable 4: International Cooperation - Transcript
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 - Transcript
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 - Transcript
1:00 p.m. CDT - 1:15 p.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

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