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Borlaug Dialogue Tackles Feeding 9B People in 2050

October 15, 2014

The 2014 Borlaug Dialogue international symposium opens today, October 15, until October 17, 2014 in Des Moines, Iowa. The symposium's theme is "The Greatest Challenge in Human History: Can we sustainably feed the 9 billion people in our planet by the year 2050?" focusing on the powers of intensification, innovation, and inspiration to support smallholder farmers and meet the need for nutritious food.

One of the highlights in the event is the awarding of the 40 Chances Fellowships to 4 young innovators under 40 years old, who will get US$150,000 as start-up funds to implement market and social entrepreneurship projects addressing hunger, poverty, and conflict in chosen African countries.

The Borlaug Dialogue will feature expertise and diverse views of government heads, policymakers, farmers, scientists, and leaders NGOs and private companies from around the globe. The speakers include Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of International Fund for Agricultural Development; Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture of the United States; and Florence Chenoweth, Minister of Agriculture in Liberia.

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