GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY SYMPOSIUM 2017

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After years of incremental progress in the fight against poverty and malnutrition, eradicating hunger is now within our grasp.

Stability in the 21st Century

Global Food Security Symposium 2017

March 29-30 | Washington, DC

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Building on American ingenuity, international expertise, and historic bipartisan support for food security programming, the United States can help lead struggling nations from instability to prosperity and turn frontier markets into thriving partners.


Cochaired by Douglas Bereuter, president emeritus of The Asia Foundation, and Dan Glickman, former secretary of the US Department of Agriculture, this year's symposium will showcase the best of business, social, and policy innovation. Top visionaries from every sector will gather to generate the productive dialogue and actions necessary to ensure strides in global food security and agricultural development, and the Council will release its recommendations in a new report.

 

SPEAKERS

Gene Alexander

Chief Technical Officer, Body Surface Translations, Inc.
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William Asiko

Executive Director, Grow Africa, World Economic Forum
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Nick Austin

Director, Agricultural Development, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Kasey Bryant Bamberger

Partner/Manager, Bryant Agricultural Enterprise; Lead Farmer, Ohio, Farm Journal Foundation
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Douglas Bereuter

President Emeritus, The Asia Foundation; Former Member, US House of Representatives, Nebraska
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Catherine Bertini

Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Harsh Kumar Bhanwala

Chairman, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, India
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Alesha Black

Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Euler Bropleh

Founder & Managing Director, VestedWorld
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Tim Brosnan

Chair, Small Foundation
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John Castellaw

USMC (Retired); President, Farmspace Systems LLC
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Jason Clay

Senior Vice President, Markets and Food, World Wildlife Fund
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Ivo H. Daalder

President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Pablo Diego-Rosell

Senior Researcher, Gallup
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Bineta Diop

AUC Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security; African Union
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Gebisa Ejeta

Distinguished Professor; Director, Center for Global Food Security; Purdue University
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Elisabeth Fischer

Head, Good Growth Plan Customer Marketing, Syngenta Corporation
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Suzanne E. Fry

Director, Strategic Futures Group; National Intelligence Council
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Rikin Gandhi

CEO, Digital Green
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Dan Glickman

Vice President, The Aspen Institute; Former US Secretary of Agriculture
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Jason Hafemeister

Acting Deputy Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, US Department of Agriculture
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Krysta Harden

Vice President, Public Policy; Chief Sustainability Officer; DuPont Co.
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Jim Hershey

Executive Director, WISHH, American Soybean Association
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Aubrey Hruby

Cofounder, Africa Expert Network
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Astrid Jakobs de Pádua

Minister Counselor, Food and Agriculture; German Embassy Washington, DC
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Thomas Jayne

University Foundation Professor, Michigan State University
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Steve Johanns

CEO, Founder, Veriown
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Agnes Kalibata

President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
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A.G. Kawamura

Cochair, Solutions from the Land
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Jake Kendall

Director, Digital Financial Services Innovation Lab, Caribou Digital
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Anne W. Kepple

Senior Consultant, Statistics Division; UN Food and Agriculture Organization
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Niamh King

Vice President, Programs and Strategic Content, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Katharine Kreis

Director, Strategic Initiatives; Lead, Nutrition Innovation; PATH
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Jesse Larios

Manager, Foster Feed Yard, Lead Farmer, California, Farm Journal Foundation
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Josette Lewis

Associate Director, World Food Center, University of California-Davis
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Edward Luce

Chief US Commentator and Columnist, Financial Times
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Andrew Mack

Principal, AMGlobal Consulting
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John Dramani Mahama

Former President, Republic of Ghana
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John M. Mandyck

Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation
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Jerry Moran

Member, US Senate (R-KS)
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Alaa Murabit

High-Level Commissioner, SDG Global Advocate, United Nations
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Wairimu Muthike

Head of Business Development, ACRE Africa
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Femi Oke

International Journalist and Moderator, NABJ
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Jehiel Oliver

Founder/CEO, Hello Tractor
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Lisa Palmer

Journalist and Author; Senior Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center
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Rajul Pandya-Lorch

Chief of Staff, Director General’s Office. International Food Policy Research Institute
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Jerry Parkes

CEO, Injaro Investments Limited
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Martin Parr

Programme Manager, GODAN Secretariat; Head of Open Data, CABI
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Rhiannan Price

Senior Manager, Seeing a Better World Program, DigitalGlobe
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Natalia Pshenichnaya

Head, mNutrition, GSMA
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Khaoula Ramdi

Investment Director, Investisseurs et Partenaires
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Sarah Richardson

Founder, Chief Scientific Officer, Ignition Genomics
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David T. Ruchiu

Africa Director, Farm Concern International
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Sunil Sanghvi

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
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Sharon Schmickle

Independent Journalist
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Dan Schmitz

Regional Head R&D and Scientific Affairs, Americas; Global Head of Product Dev., Abbott
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Liz Schrayer

President and CEO; US Global Leadership Coalition
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Matt Shakhovskoy

Executive Director, Initiative for Smallholder Finance
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Amb. Daniel Speckhard

President and CEO, Lutheran World Relief
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Anna Swaithes

Corporate Sustainability Adviser
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Roger Thurow

Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Mark Titterington

Global Head, Corporate Affairs, Syngenta Corporation
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Ann M. Veneman

Former Executive Director, UN Children’s Fund; Former United States Secretary of Agriculture
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Devry Boughner Vorwerk

Corporate Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cargill
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William Warshauer

President and CEO, TechnoServe
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Margaret M. Zeigler

Executive Director, Global Harvest Initiative
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REPORT

As the new administration and Congress debate the appropriate balance of US diplomacy, foreign assistance, and military strength in light of modern security challenges, the Council has issued a report on how US efforts to fight food insecurity around the world can provide increased security and economic vitality at home. To learn more about the links between food security and global stability, explore the interactive.

AGENDA

For the first time, the symposium will be a two-day event. Prior to the full day of presentations and report release on March 30, the Council will offer an additional day for participants to engage in solution sessions with global partners.

Wednesday, March 29

10:00 a.m.

Morning Solution Session

Voices from the Field

Location: Off-site venue. Location details available in registration confirmation email.
 

2:00 p.m.

Concurrent Afternoon Solution Sessions

Select ONE of the following options:
 

Building Africa’s Capacity & Human Capital

Location: Off-site venue. Location details available in registration confirmation email.
 

Themes: Capacity building, education, entrepreneurship and financing, building the pipeline of next generation leaders, public-private partnerships
 

How to attract and train the next generation of agricultural leaders? The world’s growing demand for food not only requires financial capital, it requires talented, well-equipped human capital in both the public and private sector to drive transformation. How attracted are talented young people to entrepreneurship in the food and agribusiness sector and what else is needed to attract even more? How are public sector activities such as extension, R&D, and higher education involving and attracting young people to meet current needs and build the pipeline of future leaders?  And finally, what are the innovative public-private partnerships that are emerging to build Africa’s 21st century food and agricultural system?
 

New Approaches to Using Big Data

Location: Off-site venue. Location details available in registration confirmation email.
 

Themes: Open data and data sharing, mobile and satellite data capture, innovative partnerships, the use/application of agricultural data and sustainable productivity/soil health, machine learning and predictive analytics
 

Mobile technology, satellites, and independent research are providing an ever-growing plethora of data and knowledge. And yet, access and decision-oriented analysis remain significant obstacles, prohibiting innovation and the creation of new solutions. Sharing this information among all stakeholders – civil society, governments, the private sector, and farmers – is vital to the socioeconomic transformation of countries battling food insecurity across the globe. Syngenta is a leader in collecting and sharing information for sustainable productivity with their Good Growth Plan. Efforts to establish a global platform for shared agricultural data that leverage new multisector collaborations and innovation are changing agriculture. How do we build a culture of transparency and reproducibility? How can we create a better way to curate and share the data to create real impact?   
 

Measuring Improvements in Diet Quality While Building Sustainable and Productive Food Systems

Location: Off-site venue. Location details available in registration confirmation email.
 

Themes: Food security, nutrition and diet quality, tracking development progress, sustainable and productive food systems
    
How do we measure what matters to food and nutrition security so we know whether we’re on track or are in need of course correction? Accurate metrics on key indicators such as micronutrient status or diet quality can be cumbersome and expensive to obtain, but they are essential to develop appropriate strategies that will improve human health and well-being at scale. New approaches to data collection in food and nutrition security and new uses of existing technologies are starting to unravel some of these traditional challenges, but methodological and other challenges still remain that must be unlocked. This will be especially important as the world aims to track progress against SDG 2, which includes indicators related to both sustainable agricultural production and ending all forms of malnutrition under one goal. As incomes continue to rise and diets continue to change, the triple burden of malnutrition – undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency and obesity – must be tracked clearly and addressed uniquely if we are to achieve our global goals by 2030.

Thursday, March 30

7:30 a.m.

Registration Opens

Location: Ronald Reagan Building, Atrium Hall
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20004

 

8:30 a.m.

Welcome

Ivo H. Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
 

8:35 a.m.

Report Presentation – Stability in the 21st Century: Global Food Security for Peace and Prosperity

Since World War II, the United States has led the fight to end global hunger and malnutrition. Impressive gains have been made, especially since the food price spike in 2008, but the job is not finished. Achieving global food security is still squarely in American interests and should be renewed as a centerpiece of foreign policy. This overview will review the critical pillars of action that will advance food security through policy and through thoughtful action by the private sector, research community, and civil society.  

 

Alesha Black, Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs 
 

8:45 a.m.

Reflections – 2017 Report and Recommendations

Douglas Bereuter, Cochair, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; President Emeritus, The Asia Foundation

Alesha Black, Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
 

8:50 a.m.

Introduction

Douglas Bereuter, Cochair, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; President Emeritus, The Asia Foundation
 

Special Remarks

Senator Jerry Moran, Member, US Senate (R-KS)
 

9:00 a.m.

Discussion - National Security is Food Security: Strategic Leadership and a Moral Imperative

The international political and economic system is at an impasse. Existing and emerging security threats abound and durable solutions are often challenging to identify. Steadily increasing youth populations, rising unemployment, natural resource pressures, and unprecedented migration loom large as challenges that could further undermine progress in the coming years. However, historically, population booms have also provided fuel to accelerate development. Indeed, rates of poverty and food insecurity have held steady or declined in recent years, signaling potential to gain further momentum. Investments in agricultural development are not only instrumental to food and nutrition security, poverty alleviation, and broader economic development—they contribute to our collective desire to realize greater peace and security. How might food and nutrition security become a more central component to national security strategies? What might we do to plan and act in anticipation of evolving food security challenges in the face of continued demographic shifts and increased migration?

 

Chair: Ed Luce, Chief US Commentator and Columnist, Financial Times

                   

Panelists:
Douglas Bereuter, Cochair, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; President Emeritus, The Asia Foundation
John G. Castellaw, USMC (Retired); President, Farmspace Systems LLC
Ivo H. Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Suzanne E. Fry, Director, Strategic Futures Group, National Intelligence Council 

 

9:50 a.m.

Fireside Chat          

Bineta Diop, AUC Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, African Union

Interviewed by Femi Oke, Host, International Journalist and Moderator, NABJ
 

9:55 a.m.

Fireside Chat          

John Dramani Mahama, Former President, Republic of Ghana

Interviewed by Femi Oke, Host, International Journalist and Moderator, NABJ
 

10:05 a.m.

Break      
 

10:25 a.m.

Discussion – Transforming Economies

The number of people living in extreme poverty has decreased significantly in the past 20 years. And while this is a story of great progress, growth is not always inclusive or evenly distributed, which can widen gaps between rural and urban areas, women and men, and those with access to education, information, and capital—and those without. What can be done to make ongoing economic transformation more inclusive? What technologies, policies, and programs are most promising for rural populations and how are these affecting farm families, the development of small and medium enterprises, and women and young people in particular? What actions in the public and private sector stand to have the greatest impact on inclusive growth and what trends are emerging that merit attention?


Chair: Ann M. Veneman, Former Executive Director, UN Children’s Fund; Former Secretary, US Department of Agriculture


Panelists:
Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, India
Thomas Jayne, University Foundation Professor, Michigan State University
Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) 

 

11:10 a.m.

Emerging Solution

Role of Adaptive Micro-Insurance Products and Distribution Channels in Enabling Agri-Development

Wairimu Muthike, Head of Business Development, ACRE Africa
 

11:15 a.m.

Discussion – Impact, Investment, and Finance: Right Capital, Right Time

The world’s farmers face an estimated $200 billion gap in unmet finance, most of whom farm small plots. Without this capital, farmers cannot invest in new tools, inputs, or labor saving technologies that could propel them from subsistence producers to profitable, market-oriented business people. The agriculture sector has long been seen as unattractive for its high risk and low profit margins relative to other industries and yet it’s understood that significant growth is possible and anticipated in light of rising incomes and diversifying diets. A holistic transformation of the food system requires financing across all components of the value chain, from farmers, to cooperatives, to SMEs, and banks. Why is matching the right capital at the right time to the right part such a challenge? What are the innovations that might unlock impact and access to finance at scale, from use of philanthropic funds to mobile money, special purpose investment vehicles, to new initiatives at traditional banks?

Chair: Aubrey Hruby, Cofounder, Africa Expert Network

Panelists:
Tim Brosnan, Chair, Small Foundation
Jerry Parkes, CEO, Injaro Investments Ltd.
Khaoula Ramdi, Investment Director, Investisseurs et Partenaires
Matt Shakhovskoy, Executive Director, Initiative for Smallholder Finance 

 

12 noon

Emerging Solution

Future Possibilities at the Intersection of Ag and Fintech
Jake Kendall, Director, Digital Financial Services Innovation Lab, Caribou Digital

 

12:05 p.m. 

Luncheon
 

1:05 p.m. 

Flash Talk and Fireside Chat

Food Foolish: The Hidden Connection Between Food Waste, Hunger and Climate Change
John M. Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation
Interviewed by Femi Oke, Host, International Journalist and Moderator, NABJ

 

1:15 p.m. 

Flash Talk and Fireside Chat

Partnering for Impact: Improving Lives Through Nutrition Science  
Dan Schmitz, Regional Head Nutrition R&D and Scientific Affairs Americas and Global Head of Product Development, Abbott
Interviewed by Femi Oke, Host, International Journalist and Moderator, NABJ

 

1:25 p.m. 

Discussion – Leveraging the Power of R&D

As the climate changes, agriculture must also change and adapt to increased temperatures, more erratic rainfall, flooding, and increased pests and diseases. Increased population growth will also require greater productivity from a finite natural resource base. The only way to stay ahead of these dynamics is to invest in R&D to find durability. Public investments in R&D are critical for scientists engaged in blue sky research—potentially groundbreaking studies that could take decades to understand—and applied science that can help us respond to the next rapidly moving threat. Both play a critical role in helping America’s farmers compete globally while simultaneously offering breakthroughs that have increased food and nutrition security in some of the world’s most vulnerable places. What differentiates public R&D efforts from those of the private sector? How have partnerships between public research in the United States and international research institutions been beneficial at home and abroad, and what does the next generation of public research in partnership look like globally?

Chair: Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Chief of Staff, Director General’s Office, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Panelists:
Nick Austin, Director, Agricultural Development, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dan Glickman, Cochair, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Former Secretary, US Department of Agriculture
Josette Lewis, Associate Director, World Food Center, University of California-Davis

 

2:00 p.m. 

Flash Talk

They Studied It Before It Was Cool: How Basic Research Enables Advanced Technology
Sarah M. Richardson, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Ignition Genomics   

 

2:05 p.m. 

Emerging Solution

Hyper Innovation Lies in the Hands of the Invisible Woman
Steve Johanns, CEO and Founder, Veriown  

 

2:10 p.m. 

Discussion – Measuring Impact for Sustainable Human Development: Unleashing the Power of the Private Sector

Public policy plays a huge role in shaping a safe, productive, and resilient food system, but much of the activity is driven by the private sector. As the world looks to achieve food and nutrition security by 2030, increasing productivity sustainably and eliminating all forms of malnutrition, the private sector has increasingly stepped up to play a role and even changed the way they are doing business in response to consumers and civil society. What is the evolving view of the business community’s role in sustainable development, and how is it contributing to poverty alleviation and food security? How is civil society working with the private sector and at times, acting as a critic? New platforms for collaboration between the private sector and other actors are evolving as are mechanisms for demonstrating accountability to customers, suppliers, and a broader set of global stakeholders. What can we learn about scaling up from these experiences and what does the next wave of public-private partnership look like for food and nutrition security?

Chair: Sunil Sanghvi, Senior Partner; Director, McKinsey Center for Agricultural Transformation and Food Security, McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Panelists:
Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Markets and Food, World Wildlife Fund
Mark Titterington, Global Head, Corporate Affairs, Syngenta
Anna Swaithes, Corporate Sustainability Adviser 

 

2:55 p.m. 

Emerging Solution

Mobile Solutions for Smallholders
Natalia Pshenichnaya, Head, mNutrition Programme, GSMA M4D

 

3:00 p.m. 

Video Launch – “The Last Hunger Season Revisited”
 

3:05 p.m. 

Fireside Chat

Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Interviewed by Femi Oke, Host, International Journalist and Moderator, NABJ

 

3:10 p.m. 

Introduction

Dan Glickman, Cochair, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Former Secretary, US Department of Agriculture
 

Special Remarks

Jason Hafemeister, Acting Deputy Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, US Department of Agriculture
 

3:15 p.m. 

Discussion – Farming, Food, and the Future of Work

How will the next generation participate in the transformation of agriculture and food systems? As youth populations expand rapidly in emerging economies, governments see them as a potential engine for progress, including for food security. But with the emergence of greater technological advancements in agriculture and other sectors, fewer workers are needed. What’s the real story about the interest of the next generation in this sector and the prospects available to them for meaningful work on the farm and off?

Chair: A.G. Kawamura, Cochair, Solutions from the Land

Panelists:
Kasey Bryant Bamberger, Third Generation Ag Owner, Partner and Manager, Bryant Agricultural Enterprise; Colead Farmer, Ohio, Farm Journal Foundation
Krysta Harden, Vice President, Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont Co.
Alaa Murabit, High-Level Commissioner, Sustainable Development Goals Global Advocate, United Nations; MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow
William Warshauer, President and CEO, TechnoServe 

 

3:55 p.m. 

Emerging Solution

The Next Generation: ‘Lyft’ for Tractors
Jehiel Oliver, Founder & CEO, Hello Tractor 

 

4:00 p.m. 

Fireside Chat

Daniel V. Speckhard, President and CEO, Lutheran World Relief; Former US Ambassador, Greece and Belarus   
Interviewed by Femi Oke
, Host, International Journalist and Moderator, NABJ
 

4:05 p.m. 

Discussion – Still in the US Interest: Global Agricultural Development in the 21st Century

The United States played a historic role reducing global hunger in the last century because the moral imperative was bolstered by a strong economic case. Producers, commodity groups, and businesses know that growing incomes abroad also translates to new market opportunities for American business, small and large. But it’s not just good economic sense; individual Americans have also shown their support for ending hunger by being among the most generous in the world in their giving to civil society and faith-based organizations.

Chair: Alesha Black, Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Panelists:
Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Corporate Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cargill
Jim Hershey, Executive Director, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, American Soybean Association
Jesse Larios, Manager, Foster Feed Yard; Lead Farmer, California, Farm Journal Foundation
Liz Schrayer, President and CEO, US Global Leadership Coalition

4:45 p.m. 

Fireside Chat with Next Generation Delegates

Olamide Bisi-Amosun, Youth Development and Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, PhD
Alesha Black, Director, Global Food and Agricultural Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Zoë Campbell, Interdisciplinary: Animal Health, Social Sciences, Economics, Washington State University, PhD

 

4:50 p.m. 

Wrap-Up

Catherine Bertini, Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs 
 

4:55 p.m. 

Remarks

Alesha Black, Director, Global Food and Agricultural Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
 

5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Hosted by RTI International

6:00 p.m.

Reception Adjourns

COMMENTARY

Leading up to this year's symposium, the Council is excited to announce the launch of a new blog series, A Food Secure Future. Over the next eight weeks, the series will explore the challenges that threaten global food security and the opportunities that exist to overcome hunger and malnutrition once and for all.

The Promise and Power of Agricultural Development

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Warding Off Instability and Conflict
 

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Innovation in the Face of Evolving Threats
 

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Engaging Youth in Global Agriculture

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Social Entrepreneurship in India

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African Accountability to Food Security

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G7 and G20 Action on Agriculture

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Capitalizing on Technological Innovation

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NEXT GENERATION

  • Next Generation Delegates

  • Rapporteurs

  • Social Media Ambassadors

We are pleased to announce the Next Generation Delegation 2017, comprised of 20 exceptional students from universities throughout the United States and across the globe studying agriculture, food, health, and related disciplines. In addition, we are also pleased to announce our outstanding rapporteurs and social media ambassadors.

Oluwafemi Ajayi
University of Hohenheim
Olamide Bisi-Amosun
Purdue University
Zoë Campbell
Washington State University
Sam Coggins
University of Sydney
Caitlin Colegrove
Tufts University
Isabelle Foster
Stanford University
Shashank Gaur
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Emma Gibson
Carleton University
Margaret Hegwood
Purdue University
Michaela Hoffelmeyer
Iowa State University
Pongpun Juntakut
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Heather Kelahan
Columbia University
Vitor Machado de Oliveira Fernandes
University of São Paulo
Donald Mizambwa
Kyoto University
Rasesh Mohan
Harvard University & University of Pennsylvania
Sarahi Morales
Texas Tech University
Thomas Poole
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Morgan Shrader
Iowa State University
Joel Tumwebaze
Auburn University
John Woog
Georgetown University

We are pleased to announce the Next Generation Delegation 2017, comprised of 20 exceptional students from universities throughout the United States and across the globe studying agriculture, food, health, and related disciplines. In addition, we are also pleased to announce our outstanding rapporteurs and social media ambassadors.

Oluwafemi Ajayi
Univ. Hohenheim
Olamide Bisi-Amosun
Purdue University
Zoë Campbell
Washington State University
Sam Coggins
University of Sydney
Caitlin Colegrove
Tufts University
Isabelle Foster
Stanford University
Shashank Gaur
University of Illinois
Emma Gibson
Carleton University
Margaret Hegwood
Purdue
University
Michaela Hoffelmeyer
Iowa

State
Pongpun
Juntakut

U. Nebraska
Heather Kelahan
Columbia University
Vitor Machado
Univ. São Paulo
Donald Mizambwa
Kyoto University
Rasesh Mohan
Harvard/UPenn
Sarahi Morales
Texas Tech University
Thomas Poole
University of Illinois
Morgan Shrader
Iowa State University
Joel Tumwebaze
Auburn University
John Woog
Georgetown University

Rapporteurs are a new opportunity this year. They will play an important role by attending pre-symposium working group "Solution Sessions" in Washington, DC, and capturing key themes and outcomes discussed.


Kelsey Bachenberg, MA, International Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
 

Kristina Estrada, BS, Crop and Soil Sciences, Virginia Tech
 

Victorino Floro IV, MA, Global Human Development, Georgetown University
 

Sarah Piccini, MA, International Economics and International Development, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
 

Swetha Ramachandran, MA, International Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
 

Marie Spiker, PhD, Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
 

Social Media Ambassadors play an integral role in supporting the symposium via digital platforms and driving engagement, outreach, and dissemination in the lead-up to the event. Ambassadors will also help to fuel online discussion by live-tweeting throughout the event.
 

Syed Ahmad Nafisul Abrar, BA, International Business, Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, @NafisulAbrar

Nana Anima Akrofi, MPhil, Agribusiness, University of Ghana, Legon, @anaminaj16

Angora Franck-Hervé Aman, MSc, Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition, University of Ibadan, @AngoraAman

Edward Amartey-Tagoe, MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, @ttaaggooee

Abulude Ifeoluwa Ayodeji, BS, Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, @brotherlove01

Alemayehu Dekeba Bekele, PhD, Development Studies, Radboud University, @alemayehudekeba

Elinor ZE Brett, MA, Food Studies, American University of Rome, @elzebrelle


Lee Davies, MS, Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, Tufts University, @LeeADavies_

Sarpong Frederick, PhD, Food Science, Jiangsu University

Shitu A. Gabriel, PhD, Agricultural Extension, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, @gabriel_shitu

Yohannes Ayalew Hailemicael, MS, Veterinary Medicine, Ataturk University, @AyalewYohannes

Samuel Douglass Karyah, MBA, Cuttington University Graduate School

Elyssa B. Lewis, Dual-MS, International Agricultural Development and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, @ElyssaLewis

Topanga McBride, Dual-BS, Agricultural Communications and Journalism and Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, @reallifetopanga

Sonia Minhas, PhD, Development Studies, Institute for Social and Economic Change, @sminhas

Tiroyaone Albertinah Mogotsi, PhD, Ecology, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resource, @AlbertinahMogot

Nicholas A. Mueth, PhD, Molecular Plant Sciences, Washington State University, @ColeMueth
 

Joram Ndagga, BS, Business Studies, Kyambogo University, @joramndagga
 

Victoria Ndanyi, MSc, Food Science & Technology, University of Nairobi, @victoriandanyi

Ram Chandra Neupane, BSc, Agriculture, Nepal Agriculture and Forestry University, @RC_Neupane
 

Elizabeth Ninelah, Bachelor Candidate Sociology, Moi University, @ninnellah

Ahmad Oates, MS, Economics and Policy Analysis, DePaul University, @goodkidchicity
 

Ekpah Ojonugwa, BSc, Microbiology, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, @davisugwa
 

Babatunde Emmanuel Olarewaju, MPhil, Obafemi Awolowo University, @babat2011

Bernard Oloo, PhD, Food Science Technology, Egerton University, @bnoloo83


Jana L. Phan, PhD, Plant Genetics, University of Adelaide, @pllthuy
 

Sudhanshu Purwar, MS, Production and Protection of Plants, University of Milan, Italy
 

Hannah Quellhorst, MS, Entomology, Purdue University, @greeklizzie
 

Paul Stainier, BA, Applied Mathematics and Food Systems, Harvard College, @paul_stainier
 

Johanes Michael Surjadi, BS, Food Science and Technology, Bogor Agricultural University, @djohanes_
 

Iwong Emmanuel Udie, MA, Development Studies, Uganda Martyrs University, @Impactgrid

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Global Food Security Symposium 2016

Growing Food for Growing Cities

The 2016 symposium brought together key multidisciplinary stakeholders to discuss transformations to the global food system necessary to feed growing cities. Participants explored ideas to facilitate business investments and economic opportunities that can benefit small-scale farmers and urban consumers alike. At the symposium, the Council released a major report recommending specific actions that the US government can take to advance food security in an urban world.

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Global Food Security Symposium 2015

Healthy Food for a Healthy World: Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Improve Global Nutrition

The 2015 symposium addressed food systems for improved health. At the symposium, the Council also released a study recommending ways the US can leverage its research institutions, deploy development and trade tools, and engage with business to improve health and nutrition globally.

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Healthy Food for a Healthy World: Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Improve Global Nutrition


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Global Food Security Symposium 2014

Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of Weather Volatility and Climate Change

Global leaders convened at the 2014 symposium to chart a course for how the US government—in partnership with business, civil society, and international organizations—can advance global food security in the face of weather volatility and climate change. The Council also released a report urging US government to integrate climate change adaptation into its global food security strategy.
 

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Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate


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Global Food Security Symposium 2013

Capitalizing on the Power of Science, Trade, and Business to End Hunger and Poverty: A New Agenda for Food Security

The 2013 symposium convened senior leaders from across sectors to chart a course for how science, trade, and business can be mobilized to advance food and nutrition security. The event featured the release of a new study endorsed by the Global Agricultural Development Advisory Group that defined next steps for the United States on global agricultural development.
 

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Advancing Global Food Security: The Power of Science, Trade, and Business


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Global Food Security Symposium 2012

Advancing Food and Nutrition Security at the 2012 G8 Summit

The 2012 symposium brought together senior global leaders to discuss new G8 efforts on food security and the opportunity and benefits of private sector investment in African agriculture and food sectors. President Barack Obama, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, His Excellency Professor John Evans Atta Mills, His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, His Excellency Dr. Boni Yayi, His Excellency Meles Zenawi, Bono, and other dignitaries addressed over 700 attendees.
 

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2012 Progress Report on US Leadership in Global Agricultural Development


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Global Food Security Symposium 2011

Progress to Date and Strategies for Success 2011

The 2011 symposium evaluated progress on the US government’s global food security strategy and examined how best to overcome potential obstacles to success.

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2011 Progress Report on US Leadership in Global Agricultural Development


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Global Food Security Symposium 2010

Progress to Date and Strategies for Success 2010

The 2010 symposium sought to build and sustain the gathering momentum for change in US food security and agricultural development policy. The event featured the release of the Feed the Future Guide, the implementation strategy for the US government’s global hunger and food security initiative.
 

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Feed the Future Guide


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Global Food Security Symposium 2009

Chicago Council's Global Agriculture Development Report Release

The 2009 symposium saw the release of a Council report that assessed the risks posed by rural poverty and food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. It endorsed a call to action for the United States government to work with governments and other institutions in those regions to increase agricultural productivity, market access, and incomes for smallholder farmers. The report was developed and endorsed by a bipartisan group of national leaders with experience and expertise on food and agriculture, development, foreign policy, and international organizations.
 

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Renewing American Leadership in the Fight Against Global Hunger and Poverty


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PAST SPEAKERS

Fighting hunger and boosting development is just as important in Ethiopia as it is in Minnesota.

—  Amy Klobuchar, US Senate (D-MN)

 

Agriculture is arguably the most strategic sector on the continent because it delivers two to three times the return on investment, in terms of improved economic well-being, as other sectors, represents 32 percent of Africa’s GDP; and employs 65 percent of the working population. Most importantly, it is the sector where the poorest on the continent are most likely to be engaged in their struggle to survive.

— Tony Elumelu, Heirs Holdings

History has shown that the power of agricultural development to lead people out of poverty is well-established.

— Rodger Voorhies, Gates Foundation

So many of the problems that we must address...with regard to human privation and poverty, can be approached with existing technologies.

— Mitch Daniels, President, Purdue University; Former Governor of Indiana