Breakfast Keynote Address: Mehmood Khan
- Fastest growing markets are outside the United States.
- Do not be put off by challenge.
- Diversity is key to success. Diversity of thought, not the way someone looks.
- If you want to move things forward have a diverse team with diverse backgrounds with diverse education.
- Do things that are right, because it is what should be done. Do not do the right things for just accolades.
The Case For Conservation Agriculture: Sir Gordon Conway, Howard Buffett, Kofi Boa, Alejandro Lopez Moriena
- The greatest asset a farmer has is soil.
- You can do a lot of things right, but if you don't with soil the other things don't count.
- We need to utilize crop rotations and cover crops to try and emulate what nature did years ago on that ground.
- No-till, rotations, and cover are the key principles to soil conservation.
- The disk is the greatest compaction tool ever.
- There is not a magic formula when it comes to crop rotations. There are different rotations for different locations and climates around the globe.
- In developing countries the first step in conservation is cover in some way, shape, or form.
- We must educate and show others the benefits of conservation practices. We must change the culture and way that people think.
The Orange Revolution: A Novel Approach to Traditional Challenges: Pamela Anderson, Maria Andrade, Jan Low, Robert O.M. Mwanga
- We need to focus on all crops and livestock in order to combat hunger.
- Sweet potatoes provide Vitamin A and energy to many children in developing countries.
- Sweet potatoes survive better in drought conditions than corn or soybeans.
- Farmers are selling 15% of their sweet potato crop in Africa as a cash crop.
- Can have a sweet potato crop in three months.
- One sweet potato vine cutting could give you 10-15 more cuttings to plant your next field.
- We need a nutrition education component to accompany implementation of growing sweet potatoes.
Borlaug 2.0: Louise Fresco, Monty Jones, M.S. Swaminathan, Ronnie Coffman
- Today our debate is about diversity, not only for minds but for crops and diets.
- We should not shy away from more modernized agriculture, even in developing countries.
- Had Norman Borlaug been here today he would have liked to see the Green Revolution get to Africa.
- Key Points from the Borlaug Dialogue
- Maintain interest in agriculture
- Work together
- Invest more in agriculture
Laureate Luncheon Address: Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
- There are two things that plague the poor:
- Lack of resources
- Lack of solidarity among themselves
- In Bangladesh hunger is considered a season like American autumn.
- The poorest of poor can, if given the right assistant, get out of poverty.
- The government didn't want to learn from us, so I had to set up a university.
- We urged people to diversify starting with small vegetable gardens beside their homes.
It was a great three days that will keep us discussing these issues and more importantly push us to action to end global hunger!