The World Food Prize Foundation

2015 Borlaug Dialogue

Borlaug 101:
Fundamentals of Global Food Security

October 14-16, 2015, Des Moines, Iowa – Des Moines Marriott Downtown Hotel

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To celebrate the 101st anniversary of the birth of our founder, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, and in view of the unprecedented challenge we face to sustainably and nutritiously feed the 9 billion people who will inhabit our planet by the year 2050, our 2015 conference will gather an outstanding "faculty" of international leaders, experts and scientists for Borlaug 101 a 3-day "course" on The Fundamentals of Global Food Security.

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Referred to as the "premier conference in the world on global agriculture", the Borlaug Dialogue will feature expertise and diverse perspectives of governmental leaders; policymakers; farmers; CEOs and executives from agribusiness and non-governmental organizations; and scientific, academic and development experts from around the world.


Highlighted speakers include:

  • Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
  • Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize Winner, banker and co-author: A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity
  • Her Excellency Florence Chenoweth, Minister of Agriculture, Liberia
  • The Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, United States
  • Howard G. Buffett, Chair of Board, The Howard G. Buffett Foundation
  • David W. MacLennan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cargill

Discussion topics and highlights of the program will include:

  • Inspiring young women and girls to pursue education and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)

  • "The Secretary's Roundtable" led by United States Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack

  • Confronting malnutrition through biofortified nutritious crops such as Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato

  • Restoring soils and a focus on their foundational role in achieving global food security

  • The impact of aquaculture and marine fisheries on food production, nutrition and the environment

  • he role of precision agriculture, data and information technologies in production, conservation and resilience

  • Special session - Ebola, One Year Later: In follow up to our 2014 focus on the devastating Ebola crisis and its impact on agriculture, Her Excellency Florence Chenoweth, Minister of Agriculture of Liberia, and Monty Jones, 2004 World Food Prize Laureate and Special Advisor to the President, Sierra Leone, will join us to report on the current food security situation and agricultural outlook in Ebola-impacted countries.

In addition to the plenary symposium program of keynote speakers and conversation sessions, we are also pleased to offer Borlaug Dialogue attendees the opportunity to register for the following events:

  • eception for the Borlaug Field Award for Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation (Oct 14, 5:30 pm)

  • Iowa Farm Tours (Oct 16, 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.

If you have any technical difficulties while registering, please call the Eventbrite registration support line at: 1-888-810-2063. Thank you.

Important Registration Information:

  • Iowa registration: 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: Undergraduate students may attend the Borlaug Dialogue at a special $99 rate, while graduate students may attend the Borlaug Dialogue at a reduced rate of $295. Registration at both of the special 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 letter to Upon receipt, we will contact you with further registration instructions. All requests must be received by October 1, 2015.

  • Laureate Award Ceremony (Oct 15): 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 2014 Borlaug Dialogue.

  • Global Youth Institute (Oct 17): Each year, more than 150 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 event, student delegates present and discuss their findings with a "faculty panel" of international experts and their peers, connect with other students from around the world, tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities, and take part in discussions with global leaders in science, industry and policy.

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