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Wednesday, October 17 • 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Setting the Stage - One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World Sustainably?

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Speakers Include:

Sir Gordon Conway - Professor of International Development, Imperial College London
Gebisa Ejeta - Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics & International Agriculture, Purdue University
Susan Godwin - Smallholder Farmer, Nigeria
Jane Karuku - President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Roger Thurow (Moderator) - Senior Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

As the global population stretches past seven billion, so will the total number of hungry people in the world continue to grow. Nearly one billion people today lack a sufficient caloric supply to maintain a minimum daily energy requirement. This is largely a product of the uneven distribution of food, arable land, and other resources—there is arguably enough food to feed the entire world population, but not everyone has equal access to the means to procure or produce it. The pressures of climate change will affect the entire food supply chain, but will be disproportionately felt by smallholder farmers, who may also lack access to other resources and technologies.

This session will discuss on a high level the future landscape of feeding a growing population in a world affected by environmental, geopolitical, technological and other pressing challenges.

Specifically, this conversation will explore the following:
- How can we put current issues in perspective with regard to the future? Where should we prioritize?
- What do we have to look forward to in terms of developments to combat global hunger?
- What are some important questions regarding this issue that have yet to be asked?
- What does it really mean to cultivate effective partnerships? Why are some effective and some not?
- How do we advance agricultural development while minimizing environment impact?
- How do we bring all interests and stakeholders to the table in an equitable manner?

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Gordon Conway

Professor of International Development, Imperial College London
Gordon Conway trained in agricultural ecology, attending the universities of Bangor, Cambridge, West Indies (Trinidad) and California (Davis). In the 1960’s he was a pioneer of sustainable agriculture developing integrated pest management programs for the State of Sabah in Malaysia... Read More →
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Gebisa Ejeta

Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics & International Development, Purdue University
Gebisa Ejeta is Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics and International Agriculture at Purdue University. Professor Ejeta also serves as Executive Director of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security.  His research is focused on the genetic improvement of sorghum... Read More →
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Susan Godwin

Smallholder Farmer, Nigeria
Married and the mother of two boys and three girls, Godwin was recognized earlier this year as the 2012 Female Food Hero in Nigeria. Oxfam and three other organizations launched the Female Food Hero competition as a way to recognize women for their essential contribution to food security... Read More →
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Jane Karuku

President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Mrs Karuku, President of AGRA, is a Kenyan with over 20 years of experience most of which have been in the agriculture sector. Mrs Karuku joined AGRA on April 16, 2012 from Telkom Kenya, where she was the Deputy Chief Executive and Secretary General since July 2010. During her tenure... Read More →
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Roger Thurow

Senior Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Roger Thurow joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he served as a Journal foreign correspondent, based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of... Read More →

Wednesday October 17, 2012 1:40pm - 2:55pm CDT
Iowa Ballroom (2nd Floor) Downtown Des Moines Marriott