The World Food Prize Foundation

2017 Borlaug Dialogue: “The Road Out Of Poverty”


Our 2017 conference will convene a fantastic array of international leaders, policy makers, farmers, executives from agribusiness and non-governmental organizations, and scientific, academic and development experts to address the most critical issues facing global food security on October 18-20 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

The full agenda and speaker list can be found at /borlaugdialogues All sessions will also be webcast live from

This year’s Borlaug Dialogue will be held at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in Des Moines.

Highlighted speakers this year will 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

In addition, there will be a discussion with the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate – Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina. 

Taking place today, The Iowa Hunger Summit is a free event gathering several hundred leaders from across Iowa representing community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, social agencies, churches and religious communities, schools and universities, and other groups that lead or participate in projects to confront hunger. The day will include Morning Presentations on Hunger, Nutrition, and Child Development, The State of Hunger in Iowa, and AmeriCorps VISTA: Impacting Hunger in Iowa; a Hunger Luncheon featuring meals from the Iowa humanitarian group Outreach, Inc.; the presentation of the “Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Award”, which annually recognizes an Iowan who has provided significant leadership confronting hunger at home and abroad; Afternoon workshops providing in-depth conversation on topics of interest and practical tools for taking the fight against hunger to the next level; Meal packaging shifts throughout the day; and a full room of exhibits featuring Iowan organizations and initiatives working to end hunger. The event is open to the public, but guests must register to attend. See the full agenda at

Additional events surrounding the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue will include: 

  •  Iowa Hunger Summit, October 16: This free event gathers several hundred leaders from across Iowa representing community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, social agencies, churches and religious communities, schools and universities, and other groups that lead or participate in projects to confront hunger. 
  • Reception for the Borlaug Field Award for Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation (Oct 12, 5:30 pm): This event honors a scientist under the age of 40 who emulates Dr. Borlaug. This event is open to the media.
  • Laureate Award Ceremony (October 19): This year’s Laureate, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina will be honored and officially awarded the World Food Prize. The Laureate Award Ceremony has limited space, so will have limited media access. If you are interested in covering the event, please note your interest on your registration form. Media granted access will be notified the week of events and can pick up their credentials in the Press Room at the Marriott. The ceremony is also shown live on Iowa Public Television and via webcast.
  • Global Youth Institute (October 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 the media.

THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE: The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the World Food Prize has honored 46 outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions throughout the world. The World Food Prize annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and a variety of youth education programs to help further the discussion on cutting-edge global food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger. 

ABOUT THE IOWA HUNGER SUMMIT: The Iowa Hunger Summit is a grassroots event, free and open to the public, which gathers Iowa citizens fighting hunger for a day of workshops, keynote speakers and a Hunger Luncheon, where guests sample meals used by organizations in hunger-fighting efforts at home and abroad.  For more information, please visit

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