The World Food Prize Foundation

2018 Side Events

Global Farmer Roundtable Opening Session

10/16/2018 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Salons G & H, 2nd Floor | Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Mary Boote

This session, the first of three, will address the question "As a farmer, what are the key challenges you face in your farming operation today? What is the most significant public policy challenge you are facing in your country today?"

The Global Farmer Roundtable gathers farmers from around the world to discuss current issues in food and nutritional security. A diverse group, the invited farmers range from smallholder to larger farmer. They are opinion leaders, highly motivated, early information and technology adopters who are willing to engage and serve as a resource to other farmers and the full food value chain.

During the facilitated Roundtable discussion, the invited farmers explore commonalities and discuss challenges they face as they work to maximize their farms’ productivity and profitability, highlighting the technologies, tools, practices, policies and systems needed to confront these challenges in a sustainable manner.

The 2018 Global Farmer Roundtable will be facilitated by Alan Bjerga, a longtime agricultural journalist.  The public is invited to observe the Global Farmer Roundtable discussion. Please join Mr. Bjerga as he talks with farmers from Australia, Argentina, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines and the United States.



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