The World Food Prize Foundation

2016 Side Events

Training for the Future: The Importance of Continuing Dr Borlaug's Legacy through Education, Training and Enhancing the Global Community

10/12/2016 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Des Moines Marriott Hotel, Waterloo Room
Katy Gustafson

Title:  Training for the future: The importance of continuing Dr. Borlaug’s legacy through education, training and enhancing the global community.

Time: 9:00am  10:00am, Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Location: Waterloo Room, 3rd Floor, Des Moines Marriott 

Event Description: We at the Borlaug Training Foundation believe that training and mentoring are key components in the quest to feed the worlds ever growing population. We believe that technology alone will not feed an increasing population and that we must teach people how and why to use the new technology in farmer’s fields. Therefore, we have gathered together a panel of experts to share their thoughts on why training is so important. From industry experts to current students the training they have received through out their career has impacted every panelist. 

Jeanie Borlaug Laube, daughter of Norman Borlaug a philanthropist and teacher she is also the Chair of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative and the Vice President of the Borlaug Training Foundation.

Sanjaya Rajaram, Succeeded Dr. Borlaug in leading CIMMYT’s Wheat Breeding Program and since then has developed 480 varieties of wheat that have been released globally. He is on the board of Directors of the Borlaug Training Foundation and in 2014 won the World Food Prize.

Jesse Dubin, Began his career volunteering with the Peace Corps teaching Forest Pathology in Chile. He served with CIMMYT for 24 years all over the world and worked closely with Sanjaya Rajaram. He continues to teach and guide young scientists.

Manel Othmeni, is a PhD student from Tunisia. After completing her master’s degree she was given the opportunity to attend a CIMMYT training course. In 2015 she received a Beachel Borlaug Scholarship, which allowed her to begin her PhD at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Panel moderator - Perry Gustafson, grew up on the family farm in Colorado, and worked for the USDA-ARS for 30 years. He is internationally recognized for his research and for providing leadership to improve agricultural research and production worldwide.

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