Inspired by the last words of Nobel Laureate and World Food Prize Founder Dr. Norman Borlaug, the 2010 Borlaug Dialogue international symposium to held in Des Moines, Iowa will gather the top minds and foremost leaders in global agriculture, food, and development with a special focus on the world’s small-scale farmers.
This three-day dialogue will address major themes including:
•Smallholder farming and rural livelihoods
•How agricultural development can be done in partnership with small farmers and with specific benefits for small farmers
•Major challenges affecting small producers and their communities, including energy resources for food production, climate change and water access, and demographic changes
•Promoting innovation and entrepreneurship among small-holders
•The role of smallholders in stewardship of soil, water, and biodiversity
•Livestock in rural food systems, livelihoods, and health
•Dietary diversity, increasing nutritional content and availability, and reducing post-harvest losses in small-scale agriculture
•Small-scale farmers’ role in the global food and agriculture trading system
•Grassroots and collaborative partnerships toward food security.
These topics and other critical issues will be explored through keynote presentations and lively and engaging “conversation” sessions that will feature the expertise and diverse perspectives of policymakers, CEOs and executives from agribusiness and NGOs, scientific and academic experts, development leaders – along with several farmers from around the world
Source: The World Food Prize