The 2012 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue - Transforming the Global Food Security Agenda

With the pressing environmental and demographic challenges facing a hungry world, we have seen a growing push toward international collaboration between institutions, disciplines, public and private sectors and countries. The 2012 Borlaug Dialogue at this year’s World Food Prize highlighted the role of partnerships and their importance in confronting hunger challenges by driving forward cutting edge research and application at the intersection of science, education and enterprise.

Beginning Wednesday, October 17, the three-day dialogue, addressed key questions on how partnerships can confront hunger. Within this dialogue, the key issue of promoting nutrition across the entire value chain from producer to consumer was highlighted, alongside other issues: 

  • Setting the Stage – What will a future landscape of a hungry world look like and how will we feed it sustainably
  • Working Capital – Leveraging global financial tools to empower smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs 
  • Measuring Success – From stockholder to smallholder, what are the common indicators for a successful partnership 

Keynote presentations and lively and engaging "conversation" sessions also focused on these areas, featuring expertise and diverse perspectives of governmental leaders, policymakers, CEOs and executives from agribusiness and NGOs, scientific and academic experts, development leaders and young leaders from around the world.

The World Food Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world.

The Prize was awarded to Dr. Daniel Hillel this year, for his role in conceiving and implementing a radically new mode of bringing water to crops i­­n arid and dry land regions - known as “micro-irrigation.”

Dr. Hillel’s pioneering scientific work in Israel revolutionized food production, first in the Middle East, and then in other regions around the world over the past five decades.  His work laid the foundation for maximizing efficient water usage in agriculture, increasing crop yields, and minimizing environmental degradation. 

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