Breakfast Address Remembering Norman Borlaug M.S. Swaminathan, 1987 World Food Prize Laureate
- Highlighted where India was before Borlaug and today.
- Seed is the starting point of change. Potential has many other factors.
- Agriculture, nutrition, and health must all be linked together.
- How the yield gap was bridged
- National demonstrations
- Mainstreaming local preference
- Research networks
- Farm schools
- Components of the Green Revolution
- Public policies
- Farmers' enthusiasm
Hon. Charles Rivkin, United States Assistant Secretary of State; John Hamre, President and CEO for Center for Strategic and International Studies; Amb. Daniel Speckhard, President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief
- Agriculture is the cornerstone of our economy.
- Ebola and ISIS are rooted in the same problem...corrupt and unstable governments.
- Problems are horizontal, countries are vertical.
- Science may have the answers, but man can destroy quickly if policies are not in place.
- Reasons why countries are wealthy
- Quality of agriculture
- Human resources (cities, factories, roads, etc.)
- Intangibles (education, stability of currency, judicial system, etc.)
- The biggest part of our problems are politics.
The Smallholder's Lifeline: Innovations in Agro-Financing and Insurance Moderator: Per Pinstrup-Andersen, 2001 World Food Prize Laureate
Ndidi Nwuneli, Co-Founder of African Alliance for Capital Expansion; Jimmy Smith, Director General of International Livestock Research Institute; Kurt Weinberger, President of International Association of Agricultural Production Insurers; Mohammed Amin Adam, Executive Director of Africa Centre for Energy Policy; Marco Ferroni, Executive Director of Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
- Agriculture has been, is, and will be the most important sector in the world.
- We must support smallholder farms with credit and protection against risk.
- In order for insurance to be successful you need cooperation between government and private.
- We need to unleash livestock sector. So restricted with policy. Animal agriculture makes up 40% of agriculture.
- Processing food can cut down major waste of food in Africa.
- We need to invest in agriculture. This can be done through insurance.
Borlaug's Dream for Wheat: Technology and Collaboration to Confront Rust Disease Moderator: Ronnie Coffman, International Professor of Plant Breeding at Cornell University
Catherine Feuillet, Senior VP Trait Research with Bayer CropScience; Hans-Joachim Braun, Director of the Global Wheat Program; Indu Sharma, Project Director of Directorate of Wheat Research; Mahmoud Sohl, Director General of International Center for Agriculture Research in Dry Areas; Goodarz Najafian, Wheat Breeder and Director General of Seed and Plant Improvement Research Institute in Iran
- Fungicide can help prevent rust if you know it is coming.
- Our biggest challenge with rust is complacency.
- One challenge is getting rust resistant seed to farmers quickly.
- Carrying forward Borlaug's legacy: Green to Gene Revolution
- Regional collaboration is needed to meet the challenges in South Asia.
- Rust is heading east.
Laureate Luncheon Address Sanjaya Rajaram, 2014 World Food Prize Laureate
- There is a certain knowledge base that cannot be learned in the classroom. You must be in the fields.
- Nothing is constant. We must learn from history, but not get lost in the past.
- Policy is needed for fair markets for farmers.
- Has tried to dedicate his life to something that would make a real difference.
- Private and public must work together.
- We must increase production on the land we have with reduced water usage and better nutrient management.