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2017 Borlaug Dialogue | October 18-20, 2017

"The Road out of Poverty"
2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium
October 18-20, 2017  |  Des Moines, IA

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The 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium will convene 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. This year, we honor 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.

​Our 2017 Symposium theme, "The Road out of Poverty" encapsulates the power of treating agriculture as a business, and the impact of truly “bringing it to the farmer”, as Norman Borlaug taught us. The theme 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.” President Adesina shared, “As someone who grew out of poverty, I know that poverty is not pretty. My life mission is to lift up millions of people out of poverty, especially farmers in rural areas...We must give hope and turn agriculture into a business.”

Whether talking about physical infrastructure like roads or new pathways in agricultural technology, improved access to nutritious foods or innovative approaches to education and research, the ideas and speakers at the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue will embark us further on the journey toward a hunger free, just world.

Highlighted Speakers Include:

  • Akinwumi Adesina, 2017 World Food Prize Laureate and President of the African Development Bank
  • Samuel Allen, Chief Executive Officer of John Deere
  • Juan Jose Molina Echeverry, Silvo-Pastoral Colombian Farmer
  • Robert Fraley, Executive Vice President and Chief Tech Officer of Monsanto
  • Louise Fresco, President of Wageningen University and Research
  • Erik Fyrwald, Chief Executive Officer of Syngenta International AG
  • Tim Hassinger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lindsay Corporation
  • Agnes M. Kalibata, President of AGRA
  • April Mason, Provost and Senior Vice President of Kansas State University
  • Ariong Moses, Project Specialist - Agriculture Innovations of One Acre Fund
  • Sithembile Mwamakamba, Climate Smart Agriculture Programs Manager of FANRPAN
  • Emma Nayulima, Ugandan Farmer
  • Salif Niang, Chief Impact Officer of Malo
  • Mojisola Ojebode, Scientist, Founder and Product Developer of Moepelorse Bio Resources
  • Martin Richenhagen, Chief Executive Officer of AGCO
  • Stefan Schmitz, Deputy Director-General of BMZ Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Ismail Serageldin, Founding Director of the Library of Alexandria
  • Lindiwe Sibanda, Vice President for Country Support, Policy and Delivery of AGRA
  • Tom Vilsack, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and President and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council
  • Victor Villalobos, Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture

Discussion Topics & Highlights Include:

  • 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.

Important Registration Information:​​​​​

  • Iowa registration: For non-media: 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: For non-media: Undergraduate students may attend the Borlaug Dialogue at a special $99 rate, while graduate students may attend the Borlaug Dialogue at the reduced rate of $295. Registration at both of the reduced 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. Note: Student registration excludes the Thursday evening World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony and Dinner participation which is by invitation only as space is limited. 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 scanned letter to Upon receipt, we will contact you with further registration instructions. All requests must be received by October 1, 2017.
  • Laureate Award Ceremony (Oct 19): For non-media: 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 2017 Borlaug Dialogue.
  • Global Youth Institute (Oct 21, at DuPont Pioneer): Each year, more than 200 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 inspiring event, the next generation presents and discusses their solutions to global food security challenges with a "faculty panel" of international experts and their peers, connects with other students from around the world, tours cutting-edge industrial and research facilities, and takes part in discussions with global leaders in science, industry and policy. This event is open to registered media. Please contact Director of Global Education Programs Kelsey Tyrrell at with any media-related questions or concerns.
  • Press Registration (Aug 23): Press registration is separate from this registration, and will open on August 23rd. Please contact Director of Communications Nicole Barreca at with any media-related questions or concerns.
  • Technical Difficulties: If you have any technical difficulties while registering, please call the Eventbrite registration support line at: 1-888-810-2063. Thank you.

About the Dialogue:

THE NORMAN E. BORLAUG INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, known informally as the "Borlaug Dialogue," each year brings together over 1,200 people from more than 65 countries to address cutting-edge issues related to global food security and nutrition. The three-day conference convenes a wide array of scientific experts, policy leaders, business executives and farmers and has been called "the premier conference in the world on global agriculture." Through the Borlaug Dialogue, the World Food Prize Foundation helps build alliances in the struggle against world hunger and malnutrition.

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.



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