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Press Registration for 2020 Virtual Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium is Now Open


Press registration for the 2020 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, held virtually October 12-16, is now open.

The three-day conference annually brings together over 1,200 people from more than 65 countries and has been called "the premier conference in the world on global agriculture." 

Due to COVID-19, the Borlaug Dialogue will be held virtually through a series of live video sessions and discussion forums. Registrants will participate in an incredible array of scientific experts, policy leaders, business executives, non-governmental organization representatives and farmers, who will discuss critical issues related to improving resilience in global food systems.

The theme for this year’s virtual Dialogue, “Breaking New Ground: Building Resilience Today for Improved Global Food Systems Tomorrow,” examines four major vulnerabilities or “cracks” in food systems: Climate Change, Finance & Investment, Nutrition, and Equity & Access,. Actions and outcomes for advancing food security and system resilience are the main focus.

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of World Food Prize Week, various types of live, half-day sessions will be livestreamed, including panel discussions, roundtable sessions, keynote addresses, and workshops. Participants will connect through a discussion board feature on the virtual conference platform, Whova. Students of the Global Youth Institute will participate directly in presentations and discussions on key topics. 

  • Press may register for the 2020 Borlaug Dialogue at and enter the code dialogue20press. Once registered, all attendees using this code will be verified as accredited press. 

  • The full agenda and speaker list can be found at 

  • All Borlaug Dialogue sessions will be available live and on-demand on Whova A limited number of sessions will be webcast live from

Event organizers cannot guarantee entry into the online forums to those that have not registered ahead of time. Verified members of the press need proper accreditation in order to enter online events during World Food Prize week. 

Highlighted speakers for this year include: 

  • Jose Andres - Founder, World Central Kitchen

  • Shawn Baker - Chief Nutritionist, U.S. Agency for International Development

  • Ana Bilik - President, Tanager International

  • Howard W. Buffet - Professor, Columbia University

  • Elwyn Grainger-Jones - Managing Director, Institutional Strategy & Systems, CGIAR

  • Prof. Mario Herrero - Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO

  • Janie Simms Hipp - CEO, Native American Agriculture Fund

  • Dr. Edward Mabaya - Senior Research Associate, Cornell University

  • Dr. Purvi Mehta - Head of Asia for Agriculture, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Dr. Renata Micha - Co-chair, Independent Expert Group, The Global Nutrition Report

  • Dr. Raj S. Paroda - Chairman, Trust for Advancement of Agriculture

  • Dr. Prabhu Pingali - Professor, Cornell University

  • Debbie Reed - Executive Director, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium

  • Adam Roberts - Midwest Correspondent, The Economist 

  • Dr. Sally Rockey - Executive Director, Food and Agriculture Research Foundation

  • Polly Ruhland - Chief Executive Officer, United Soybean Board

  • Dr. Claudia Sadoff - Executive Management Team Convener and Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact, CGIAR 

  • Dr. Pedro Sanchez - Research Professor, University of Florida

  • Dr. Ismail Serageldin - Director, Bibliotheca Alexandrina

  • Tony Siantonas - Director, Scaling Positive Agriculture, WBCSD

  • Salma Sultana - Founder and Chairman, Model Livestock Advancement Foundation

  • Dr. Madhura Swaminathan - Chairperson, MSSRF

  • Caitlin Welsh - Director, Global Food Security Program, CSIS

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