The World Food Prize Foundation

2021 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

A.G. Kawamura

Co-Chair, Solutions From the Land; Founding Chair, Solutions For Urban Agriculture

A.G. Kawamura is a third generation produce grower and shipper from Orange County, California. From 2003 to 2010 he was the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.  He is founding co-chair of Solutions from the Land (SFL), a nationally recognized non-profit that is developing innovative and sustainable climate smart collaborations for 21st century agriculture.  He serves on several boards and committees including:  The Farm Foundation Board; Roots of Peace Board; Western Growers Association Board and former chair; Ag Advisory Committee for the Chicago Council; Advisory Council for Honor the Harvest.  

For over 40 years Mr. Kawamura has pursued a lifelong goal to work towards an end to hunger and malnutrition. Locally, he is founding chair of Solutions For Urban Ag (  For over 30 years he has worked closely with Second Harvest Food Bank to create exciting urban ag projects that focus on nutrition, hunger, education and advanced food systems.  As a progressive farmer, Mr. Kawamura has a lifetime of experience working within the shrinking rural and urban boundaries of Southern California.  A.G. graduated with a BA from UC Berkeley.  

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