The World Food Prize Foundation

2008 Borlaug Dialogue

Confronting Crisis: Agriculture and Global Development in the Next Fifty Years

2008 Transcripts by Agenda  |  2008 Speaker Biographies

In 2008, the World Food Prize’s annual “Borlaug Dialogue” symposium presented an opportunity for global leaders and experts to take stock of current trends in agriculture and assess the extent to which current challenges or promises will impact food production, food security, the environment, and global development over the long-term.

These “conversations” were particularly compelling in the context of issues including:

  • the rising cost of food production and food security;
  • the ongoing challenge of a Green Revolution in Africa;
  • promoting women’s leadership opportunities and gender equity in development;
  • new prospects for food and agricultural trade reform under the Doha Round;
  • the threats of climate change and biodiversity loss;
  • changing patterns in food aid, development assistance, and partnerships in education;
  • urbanization and development trends in emerging areas; and
  • the private sector’s role in research and development across the food system



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