Monday, October 15, 2012

You're invited to lunch! RSVP today!

In the prior blog post, we learned a little about Dr. Borlaug and hinted at his ongoing legacy. One element of his spirit lives on in the annual World Food Prize and this year’s 2012 Borlaug Dialogue being held from October 17th through the 19th at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown Hotel.

Under the theme of "Partnerships & Priorities: Transforming the Global Food Security Agenda", stakeholders will explore topics such as: the future landscape of a world living with chronic hunger, agriculture’s role in environmental conservation, integrating nutrition across the spectrum for hungry people, leveraging global financial tools to empower smallholder farmers, minimizing post-harvest waste, and emerging technologies that will continue to shape a food future.

From their website: “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 will highlight 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.” One such institution (you guessed it!), Oxfam America, will have a much larger presence than ever before. And, there’s a great opportunity for you (yes, YOU!) to join us!

“Creating the Menu for a Well-Fed World: Partnership in Action” - October 17th, 2012

Join Oxfam America, the 30 Project, and Chef José Andrés at a luncheon at the opening of the World Food Prize, 11:30am to 12:30pm in the Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs Rooms, Downtown Marriott. Attendees will be served a “meal with a story” prepared by the culinary staff of the Marriott, and will hear remarks from Oxfam America CEO, Ray Offenheiser; 30 Project President and Founder, Ellen Gustafson; and Chef José Andrés. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP required. Click here.

For a complete listing of the keynote presentations, panels, and conversation sessions, click here.

Tomorrow is World Food Day – get excited!

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