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2021 Dialogue Side Events


As a prominent feature of the International Borlaug Dialogue, side events provide a space for organizations and initiatives to coordinate and execute their own unique event in conjunction with the Dialogue. Virtual Side Event Host Organizers design these gatherings to demonstrate work, promote further dialogue, and engage attendees through hosted events, panels, receptions and announcements.

The 2021 International Borlaug Dialogue (October 20 - 22) will be offered in a hybrid format. We are excited to provide partners with the opportunity to host virtual events alongside the plenary content of the Dialogue. For those who are interested in convening in-person side events, please contact Kyle Poorman, Director, International Dialogues. 


International Borlaug Dialogue Theme

Gaining Momentum: Food Systems Transformation in the Decade of Action

Twenty-twenty brought many challenges to and opportunities for working in the Decade of Action towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Communities worldwide faced unprecedented barriers to meeting food security needs with at least 20 countries on the brink of famine, highlighting the importance of global collective action.  As we continue to move forward in this decade of action towards the UN Food Systems Summit and other global convenings, we have the opportunity to gain momentum as never before.  We recognize that we cannot ‘reboot’ the system, but must transform food systems to right inequitable structures. 

Solutions must be innovative, commitments must be bold and collective action must be systematic

This pivotal year offers milestones for international collaboration. The International Borlaug Dialogue follows the UN Food Systems Summit (FSS) and the 49th Plenary Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) while building forward for COP26 and the Nutrition for Growth Summit, to gain momentum in the Decade of Action. Country commitments and Coalitions of Action adopted during the UN FSS will be highlighted during the Borlaug Dialogue, reaching additional audiences and widening opportunities for partnership.


Side Event Fee Structure  |  Base Fee ($500) + Time

30 Minutes | $500        60 Minutes | $1,000        90 Minutes | $1,500

Interest Form

We ask that all interested partners provide the preliminary details of their event via our Interest Form. We understand that the submitted items are subject to change, but we ask that you provide elementary details regarding the direction of your proposed Side Event.



Mid-August Interest Form Submitted (suggested)
September 1 Side Event details provided to WFPF via outlined document provided
Mid-September First Side Event Eblast
Week of October 11 Second Side Event Eblast
October 20-22 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium


For the first year, the International Borlaug Dialogue is accepting applications for partner organizations to co-organize Workshops. Workshops will be featured as part of the plenary agenda of the International Borlaug Dialogue (IBD). Interactive workshops provide the opportunity for registered participants to collaboratively define key issues, explore problems, and learn about new strategies, tools, and technologies in food systems. 



Kyle Poorman
Director, International Dialogues

Victoria Chia
Senior Director, International Dialogues

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