2020 Borlaug Dialogue Roundtables recordings

The 2020 International Borlaug Dialogue (October 12-16), offered a week of half-day sessions in a virtual setting. Every second day (12+14+16/10) offered roundtable sessions.

Most recordings of the roundtable sessions were posted on the World Prize Foundation YouTube channel begin of December 2020. 

October 12, 2020

Opening Session | Translating Science to Action

The 2020 Borlaug Dialogue was launched on October 12 with the 2020 World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Rattan Lal and Former Vice President of the United States, Mr. Al Gore. As pioneers in addressing anthropogenic climate change, Dr. Lal and Vice President Gore shared a wealth of knowledge and a long-standing commitment to this work. They examined the emergence of carbon positive agriculture and negative emission technologies, as well as the policy actions needed to further elevate soil health as a critical innovation.
  • Dr. Rattan Lal – 2020 World Food Prize Laureate 
  • Mr. Al Gore – Former Vice President of the United States, 
Climate, food systems and resilience correlate as climate variability acutely impacts agricultural productivity and food availability. Carbon sequestration removes atmospheric carbon for the long-term, mitigating global warming and pollution effects. Agriculture, small and large, has the potential – and the responsibility – to promote carbon sequestration and reduce carbon emissions. This roundtable considered carbon market models and applications of carbon payment systems globally to explore the potential of carbon markets to drive innovations towards climate-positive agriculture.

  • Gabriel Carballal, Farmer, Uruguay, Global Farmer Network
  • Liam Condon, Member of Board of Management and President of the Crop Science Division, Bayer AG
  • Erik Fyrwald, Chief Executive Officer, Syngenta Group
  • Elwyn Grainger-Jones, Managing Director, CGIAR Institutional Strategy and Systems, and Executive Director, CGIAR System Organization
  • Dr. Rattan Lal, 2020 World Food Prize Laureate; Distinguished Professor at The Ohio State University
  • Tamara Marcus, Sustainability Manager, Linn County, Iowa
  • Debbie Reed, Executive Director, Ecosystems Services Market Consortium
  • Sally Rockey, Executive Director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Since the onset of COVID-19, an unprecedented amount of capital has been mobilized globally for relief efforts. Governments across the world have developed multi-billion and trillion-dollar packages to aid those most affected, boosting employment, prioritizing resources for medical practice and research. However, mechanisms to allow innovators in the food system to access these newly mobilized monies are weak. This roundtable delved into the conditions, mechanisms and ambition needed to fund technologies and innovations that strengthen the resilience of food systems.

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  • Hilary Barry, Founder and Secretary General, LadyAgri Impact Investment Hub
  • Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Howard W. Buffett, Professor, Columbia University
  • James C. Collins Jr., CEO, Corteva Agriscience
  • Sara Eckhouse, Executive Director, Foodshot Global
  • Hon. Ted McKinney, Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Dr. Purvi Mehta, Head of Asia for Agriculture, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria
  • Tony Siantonas, Director, Scaling Positive Agriculture, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP)
The press and media play an integral role in making science and policy digestible and accessible to the public; in times of crisis, this responsibility is even greater. This panel considered the opportunities that press and media leaders have to shape the discourse around food security and resilience.
  • Dr. Alexa Lamm, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, University of Georgia; 2020 Borlaug CAST Communication Award Winner
  • Lazarus Lynch, Writer, Artist, Activist, Son of a Southern Chef
  • Adam Roberts, Midwest Correspondent, The Economist

Roundtable | Safe, Affordable, Nutritious Food Year-Round: Global Aspirations to Local Application for Nutrition

Recognizing the global call to achieve safe, affordable, nutritious food year-round, our food systems must deliver on multiple fronts; delivering nutrition is non-negotiable. While we must address needs at the global level, we also must focus on national and subnational efforts to deliver nutrition interventions at the local level. The most vulnerable individuals, including pregnant and lactating women and children in the first 1,000 days of life, must be at the core of policies reducing under-nutrition. Sustainable food systems also are non-negotiable. 

This roundtable considered the trade-offs between different diets that must address these issues to fill significant and diverse nutrition gaps.
  • Shawn Baker, Chief Nutritionist, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Dr. Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University
  • Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, GAIN
  • Dr. Mario Herrero, Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO
  • Dr. Renata Micha, Independent Expert Group Chair, Global Nutrition Report
  • Ndidi Nwuneli, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition
  • Dr. Prabhu Pingali, Professor, Cornell University
  • Polly Ruhland, Chief Executive Officer, United Soybean Board
  • Dr. Pedro Sanchez, Research Professor, University of Florida
  • Dr. Salma Sultana, 2020 Borlaug Field Award Recipient; Founder & Chairman, Model Livestock Advancement Foundation
  • Dr. Madhura Swaminathan, Chairperson, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation

October 16, 2020

Special Session | The Road to the 2021 Food Systems Summit

The upcoming Food Systems Summit 2021 provides the opportunity to advance food security and agriculture, locally and globally. This session invited leaders and stakeholders to discuss the path to the Summit and the needed vision and actions for food systems transformation.

Disruptions to the food system often have disproportionate impacts on under-resourced communities. There are many systemic barriers to accessing inputs, capital and information which create deep inequities that impact livelihoods, culture and food sovereignty. This roundtable explored the impacts of shocks like COVID-19 on the most vulnerable people within the food system and consider the systemic changes needed to increase access and build equity.
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  • Dr. Jim Barnhart, Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future, Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, USAID
  • Catherine Bertini, Distinguished Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Stefan Caspari, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Grain and Protein, AGCO
  • Marie Haga, Associate Vice-President of the External Relations and Governance Department, IFAD
  • Dr. Ed Mabaya, Senior Research Associate, Cornell University
  • Ruramiso Mashumba, Chief Executive Officer, Mnandi Africa and Farmer, Zimbabwe, Global Farmer Network
  • Xavier Morgan, Territory Manager, Hormel Foods Corporation and Co-Chair, Inspired Giving Campaign Committee
  • Dr. Raj Paroda, Chairman, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS)
  • Dr. Claudia Sadoff, Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact, and Executive Management Team Convener, CGIAR System Organization
  • Janie Simms-Hipp, Chief Executive Officer, Native American Agriculture Fund
  • Dr. Roy Steiner, Senior Vice President, Food Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Caitlin Welsh, Director of the Global Food Security Program, CSIS

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