The World Food Prize Foundation

2019 Borlaug Dialogue Breakout Sessions

Feed the Future Innovation Labs: The Global Payoff of Investing in Research for Development

10/17/2019 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Council Bluffs, 3rd Floor | Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Dr. Adegbola ‘Gbola’ Adesogan, Director

Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, is pairing American ingenuity and expertise with some of the best and brightest minds across the globe through its many Feed the Future Innovation Labs. A unique network supported by over 50 top U.S. colleges and universities along with many partner-country research and educational institutions, the Innovation Labs are on the cutting edge of efforts to research and develop effective technologies and innovations for scaling implementers to use that address current and future challenges posed by a changing climate and the need to feed a growing global population with safe and nutritious food. These programs use advanced genetic and genomic tools, integrated pest management, and other research tools to develop stress- tolerant wheat, sorghum, millet and legume crops, and improved livestock, aquaculture and horticultural systems. They also identify policies and practices that are critical for these innovations to boost production, decrease post-harvest losses, and increase food safety to provide smallholder farmers with better market linkages. Better market linkages in turn raise incomes, increase food security and improve household nutrition. These Feed the Future investments also bring major returns to U.S. agriculture and consumers. 

This event will showcase the innovations developed through the Feed the Future Innovation Labs and how they improve incomes and livelihoods in developing countries and provide benefits to the U.S. Six Innovation Lab’s will present findings BIFAD-commissioned study: “How the United States Benefits from Investments in Developing Country Agriculture and Food Security”. Directors of three Innovation Labs will give TED talk style mini presentations and answer audience questions as a panel. A representative from the Sorghum Association will share specific examples how Innovation Lab research is benefiting US agriculture.


Dr. Adegbola “Gbola” Adesogan
Director, Livestock Systems Innovation Lab and Chair Council of Innovation Lab Directors
University of Florida

Dr. Jack Payne
Associate Vice -President Agriculture and Natural Resources,
University of Florida, Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences

Beth Dunford
Assistant to the Administrator
USAID, Bureau for Food Security

Gebisa Ejeta
Board member, Board for Food and International Development (BIFAD); WFP laurate; Distinguished Professor
Purdue University

Brady Deaton
Board member, BIFAD; Chancellor Emeritus
University of Missouri

Tim Dalton
Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet
Kansas State University

Peter Goldsmith
Director, Soybean Innovation Lab
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Pamela Anderson
Board member, BIFAD; Director General Emeritus
International Potato Center (CIP)

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