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The World Food Prize

Confronting Crisis

WFP/Heather Hill

Agriculture and Global Development: The Next Fifty Years

The Borlaug Dialogue October 15 - 17, 2008 • Des Moines, Iowa

The World Food Prize 2 0 0 8 L a ur e at e s

Hon. Robert Dole

Hon. George McGovern

The presentation of the $250,000 “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture” will be held Thursday, October 16 at 7 pm at the Iowa State Capitol and broadcast LIVE on Iowa Public Television

WFP/Tom Haskell

Former Senators George McGovern and Robert Dole have been selected to receive the 2008 World Food Prize for their inspired, collaborative leadership that has encouraged a global commitment to school feeding and enhanced school attendance and nutrition for millions of the world’s poorest children, especially girls. The McGovern-Dole international schoolfeeding program was established by the United States in 2000. Since then, it has provided meals to feed more than 22 million children in 41 countries and boosted school attendance by an estimated 14 percent overall and by 17 percent for girls. The success of the McGovernDole program has also led to dramatically increased international support for expansion of school-feeding operations in developing countries around the world.

The 2008 “Borlaug Dialogue” October 15 - 17, Downtown Marriott Hotel, Des Moines

Schedule of Events Wednesday, October 15 8 am - 12 pm

Thursday, October 16

1 pm - 5 pm

Borlaug Dialogue Opening Ceremony and Sessions


Laureates Forum featuring 2008 World Food Prize recipients Bob Dole and George McGovern

8 am - 4:30 pm Borlaug Dialogue Presentations and Conversations 7 pm

Friday, October 17

Side events hosted by USDA and the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa

The 2008 World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol

7:30 am - 5 pm Borlaug Dialogue Presentations and Conversations

World Food Prize Founder Dr. Norman E. Borlaug

Rising Food Prices • A Green Revolution in Africa • Gender Equity • Trade Reform & E

Confronting Crisis

Sylvia M. Burwell

H.E. Joaquim Chissano

Robert Hormats

President of Global Development The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Former President Mozambique

Vice Chair Goldman Sachs

Judith Rodin

Josette Sheeran

Robert Zoellick

President The Rockefeller Foundation

Executive Director The World Food Program

President The World Bank

An African Green Revolution

Sir Gordon Conway

H.E. Daphrose Gahakwa

Monty Jones

Chief Scientific Advisor UK Dept. for Intl. Development

Minister of Education Rwanda

Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa

Namanga Ngongi

Pedro Sanchez

Speciosa Wandira

President Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

Co-Chair, UN Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger

Former Vice President Uganda

Economic Growth • Climate Change & Biodiversity Loss • Urbanization & Development

Biodiversity & Agricultural Security

Margaret Catley-Carlson

Cary Fowler

Emile Frison

Chair Global Water Partnership

Executive Director The Global Crop Diversity Trust

Director-General Bioversity International

Rosamond Naylor

Ed Rege

Ravi Singh

Director, Program on Food Security & the Environment, Stanford University

Director of Biotechnology ILRI

Distinguished Scientist CIMMYT

Donald Kaberuka

Scott Kilman

Raul Montemayor

President African Development Bank

Senior Writer The Wall Street Journal

Vice-President Intl. Federation of Agricultural Producers

Rajul Pandya-Lorch

Roger Thurow

Carlo Trojan

Chair, Vision 2020 Initiative IFPRI

Senior Writer The Wall Street Journal

Chairman, International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC)

Rising Food Prices

The Role of the Private Sector • Science & Technology • Rising Food Prices • A Green

Global Cooperation in Research

M. Peter McPherson

Olive Mugenda

Ren Wang

José Zaglul

President NASULGC

Vice-Chancellor Kenyatta University

Director CGIAR

President EARTH University

The Role of the Private Sector

Investment in Development

Carl Hausmann

Robert Lane

Catherine Bertini

Rajiv Shah

CEO Bunge North America

Chairman and CEO John Deere

Senior Fellow, Ag Development The Gates Foundation

Director, Ag Development The Gates Foundation

Trade and Economic Growth

Kym Anderson

Pedro de Camargo Neto

Robert Thompson

George Gollin Professor of Economics University of Adelaide

Former Minister of Agriculture, Brazil IPC Member

Professor, University of Illinois IPC Member

n Revolution in Africa • Gender Equity • Trade & Economic Growth • Climate Change

The Borlaug Dialogue 666 Grand Ave, Suite 1700 Des Moines, IA 50309 USA Ph: 515-245-3783 • Fax: 515-245-3785 Email:

FOUNDATION John Ruan, Chairman Emeritus John Ruan III, Chairman Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn, President COUNCIL OF ADVISORS H.E. Corazon C. Aquino Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Hon. George Bush Hon. Jimmy Carter H.E. Joaquim Chissano Margaret Catley-Carlson Chair, The Global Water Partnership Dr. Zhangliang Chen Vice-Governor, Guangxi Province, China A.S. Clausi Past President, Institute of Food Technologists Sir Gordon Conway UK Dept. for Intl. Development Michael G. Gartner Pulitzer Prize Winner Dr. Gregory L. Geoffroy President, Iowa State University Hon. M. Peter McPherson President, NASULGC Cynthia H. Milligan Dean, College of Business Administration University of Nebraska H.E. Roberto Rodrigues Former Minister of Agriculture, Brazil

On behalf of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, I extend a warm welcome for you to join us October 15-17 for our International Symposium at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott and our Laureate Award Ceremony at the magnificent Iowa State Capitol. Please plan to arrive by mid-day Wednesday, October 15, as our conference has been extended to three days. Register now to ensure you will have a place for what promises to be a dynamic series of “conversations” about the most pressing issues the world will face in terms of agriculture and development in the coming 50 years. We are extremely grateful to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its collaboration and support in shaping the focus of this conference, which will attract leading scientists, officials and leaders from over 60 countries to participate. We are also pleased that the generous support of the Mathile Institute has facilitated an increased national expansion of our Global Youth Institute for high school students. This is my tenth year of association with the World Food Prize. Over that decade, it has been our goal to build our annual symposium into a “Davos” of global food security, drawing the most influential individuals from around the globe for an annual “conversation” on feeding the world. To that end, we have shaped this conference - now known as the “Borlaug Dialogue” - to focus on the most cutting edge issues in food and agriculture, with the participants inspired by our founder’s historic achievements as the “Father of the Green Revolution.” To fulfill that goal, the World Food Prize Foundation is also undertaking a $29.8 million restoration of the century-old Des Moines Public Library (pictured above) as the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates. This historic edifice will be the new home of the Borlaug Dialogue beginning in 2010, honoring the “man who has saved more lives than any other person who ever lived.”

Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President

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World Food Prize 2008 Symposium: Confronting Crisis  
World Food Prize 2008 Symposium: Confronting Crisis  

Agriculture and Global Development: The Next Fifty Years