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Video and transcripts from 2009 Borlaug Dialogue available now


October 14, 2009 - Video and transcripts from 2009 Borlaug Dialogue available now




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Wednesday, October 14

Special Video Message:

Hillary Rodham Clinton - U.S. Secretary of State

Opening Keynote Session:
Food, Agriculture, Energy, and Threats to Global Security

Patricia Woertz - Chairman, CEO, and President, Archer Daniels Midland Co.


Ellen Kullman - CEO, DuPont


Her Excellency Gerda Verburg - Minister of Agriculture, The Netherlands


Conversation: Global agricultural yields: Trends and threats

Margaret Catley-Carlson - Chair, World Economic Forum Advisory Council on Water

Jason Clay - Senior Vice President Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund

William Dar - Director General, ICRISAT

Seyfu Ketema - Executive Director, ASARECA

Jeff Simmons - President, Elanco

Weibin Yan - CEO, Longping High-Tech Agriculture


Thursday, October 15

Conversation: Poverty, hunger, and food security in crisis areas

Per Pinstrup-Andersen (Moderator) - 2001 World Food Prize Laureate

Tom Arnold - CEO, Concern Worldwide

Chelston Brathwaite - Director General, IICA

Ambassador James Michel - Counselor, USAID

Her Excellency Faida Mitifu - Ambassador, The Democratic Republic of Congo

Frances Stewart - Director, Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity, Oxford University


Keynote: Support the World's Poorest Farmers

Bill Gates- Co-Chair, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

(includes Q&A session with 2009 World Food Prize Laureate Gebisa Ejeta)

Conversation: Intelligence & security perspectives on agriculture

Mathew Burrows - Counselor, National Intellegence Council (NIC)

Raymond Gilpin - Associate Vice President, United States Institute of Peace

Dennis McGinn - Vice Admiral, United States Navy (ret)


Keynote Presentation: Food at the Center of Global Crisis

Jeffrey Sachs - Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University


Symposium Luncheon Keynote Address

Indra Nooyi - Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo


Special Video Message

Pascal Lamy - Director-General, World Trade Organization

The Secretary's Roundtable: Ministerial perspectives on cooperation in food & agriculture

Hon. Tom Vilsack - Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

H.E. Amin Abaza - Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Egypt

H.E. Gerry Ritz - Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada

Carlos Vazquez - Minister-Counselor for Agriculture, Embassy of Mexico, Washington

Roundtable Discussion


Conversation: Will a food-secure world require new global institutions?

Sir Gordon Conway (Moderator)- Professor of Intl. Development, Imperial College London

Mark Cackler - Manager, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, World Bank

Louise Fresco - Professor, University of Amsterdam

Kanayo Nwanze - President, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Richard Williamson - Former U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan


Friday, October 16

Symposium Breakfast Keynote Address

Roger Thurow - Co-author, "Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty"


Keynote: Agriculture and Security in Africa

Joaquim Chissano - Former President, Mozambique


Conversation: Gender in agriculture, nutrition, and health

Catherine Bertini (Moderator) - 2003 World Food Prize Laureate

Namanga Ngongi - President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

Geeta Rao Gupta - President, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

Mahabub Hossain - Executive Director, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC)


Conversation: Assessing progress in global agriculture

Joachim von Braun - Director General, IFPRI

Marco Ferroni - Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation

Brian Halweil - Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute

Hans Herren - 1995 World Food Prize Laureate

J.B. Penn - Chief Economist, John Deere


The Laureate Lecture: The African Green Revolution need not be a mirage

Gebisa Ejeta - 2009 World Food Prize Laureate


Conversation: Agriculture and climate change - Being part of the solution

* Co-organized by the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) and the United Nations Foundation

Hans Herren (Moderator) - 1995 World Food Prize Laureate

Peg Armstrong-Gustafson
Founder and Owner, Amson Technology

Michael Hansen
Senior Staff Scientist, Consumers Union

Anita Idel
Mediation and Agrobiodiversity

Helena Paul
Co-Director, EcoNexus

John Reganold
Professor, Washington State University


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