The World Food Prize Foundation

2021 Roundtable Discussions


Research and Innovation Roundtable

October 20, 2021
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.

  • Aneesh Chauhan, Expertise Lead,  Agro Robotics, Wageningen University
  • Elliott Dossou-Yovo, Borlaug Field Award recipient; Agriculture and Climate Change Specialist, Africa Rice Center
  • Sam Eathington, SVP / CTO, Corteva Agriscience
  • Mike Graham, Head of Plant Breeding, Bayer Crop Sciences 
  • Julie Howard, Senior Adviser (non-resident), Global Food Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Greg Jaffe, Biotechnology Project Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Amy Kaleita, Interim Department Chair, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University
  • Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Director and Chairwoman, African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Food Systems; CGIAR System Board Member
  • Pamela Ronald, Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center, UC Davis 
  • Claudia Sadoff, Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact, Executive Management Team Convener, CGIAR System Organization
  • Joachim von Braun, Director of ZEF, Department of Economic and Technological Change


Gender Equity and Equitable Livelihoods Roundtable 

October 21, 2021
9 a.m. CDT - 10:14 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.

  • Chandra Shekar Bhadsavle, Founder, Saguna Rural Foundation
  • Jocelyn Brown Hall, Director of North America, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) 
  • Beth Dunford, VP of Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank
  • Shachi Gurumayum, Head of Business Development, AgBiTech; Co-Founder, MaolKeki
  • Christopher Hegadorn, Secretary, Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
  • Gareth Johnstone, Director-General, WorldFish
  • Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins, President and CEO, PAI
  • Jemimah Njuki, Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Janie Simms Hipp, General Counsel, US Department of Agriculture (USDA)


Nutrition-Sensitive Food Systems Roundtable

October 22, 2021
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.

  • Shawn Baker, Chief Nutritionist, USAID
  • Gina Gutierrez, Dairy Farmer (Mexico), Global Farmer Network 
  • Lawrence Haddad, 2018 World Food Prize Laureate; Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
  • Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, 2021 Laureate, World Food Prize, Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health, WorldFish
  • A.G. Kawamura, Co-Chair, Solutions From the Land
  • Onyaole Patience Koku, Chief Executive Officer, Replenish Farms, Ltd.
  • Rattan Lal, 2020 World Food Prize Laureate, Professor, The Ohio State University
  • Jennifer Sorenson, President, National Pork Producers Council
  • Naoko Yamamoto, Chair, UN Nutrition


International Cooperation Roundtable

October 22, 2021
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. 

  • Gilbert arap Bor, Farmer and Lecturer (Kenya), Global Farmer Network
  • Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director of Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
  • Jim Barnhart, Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future; Assistant to the Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security
  • Jeff Giauque, Director, Agriculture Policy, U.S. Department of State
  • Kundhavi Kadiresan, Managing Director, Global Engagement and Innovation, Executive Management Team Convener, CGIAR System Organization
  • Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  • David Nabarro, 2018 World Food Prize Laureate, Founder 4SD
  • Manuel Otero, Director-General, Inter-American Agricultural Agency (IICA)
  • Jeff Rowe, President, Syngenta Seed
  • Mai Thin Yu Mon, UNFSS Action Track 4 Youth Vice-Chair


Gaining Momentum: Food Systems Transformation in the Decade of Action

Twenty-twenty brought many challenges to and opportunities for working in the Decade of Action towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Communities worldwide faced unprecedented barriers to meeting food security needs with at least 20 countries on the brink of famine, highlighting the importance of global collective action.  As we continue to move forward in this decade of action towards the UN Food Systems Summit and other global convenings, we have the opportunity to gain momentum as never before.  We recognize that we cannot ‘reboot’ the system, but must transform food systems to right inequitable structures. 

Solutions must be innovative, commitments must be bold and collective action must be systematic

This pivotal year offers milestones for international collaboration. The International Borlaug Dialogue follows the UN Food Systems Summit (FSS) and the 49th Plenary Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) while building forward for COP26 and the Nutrition for Growth Summit, to gain momentum in the Decade of Action. Country commitments and Coalitions of Action adopted during the UN FSS will be highlighted during the Borlaug Dialogue, reaching additional audiences and widening opportunities for partnership.

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