This year and next year mark two significant anniversaries – the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA Double Helix and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, respectively. These two important dates set the stage for the 2013 Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium & World Food Prize Laureate Ceremony taking place Oct. 16 – 18 in Des Moines, Iowa.
At this year’s Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium, also known as the Borlaug Dialogue, the global agriculture community will come together to honor the achievements of Dr. Borlaug and recognize the many advances that have stemmed from our growing understanding of genetics. As a way of honoring Dr. Borlaug and keeping his dream alive, the Borlaug Dialogue will address the current and emerging critical topics that face the agriculture community.
Government leaders, policymakers, CEOs and executives from agribusiness and non-governmental organizations and scientific, academic and development experts from around the world will be contributing to this diverse dialogue focused on three subjects: biotechnology, sustainability and climate volatility. More specifically, the Borlaug Dialogue will address:
- Advances in science-based innovation that can improve agriculture as a whole, specifically in the face of growing climate volatility.
- Harnessing tools and technologies to encourage enhanced human development, increase food security and ensure better nutrition and health.
- Agro-ecology and sustainable agriculture perspectives will be discussed in addition to land tenure, land management, emerging innovations in food traceability and precision agriculture.
Taking place in tandem with the Borlaug Dialogue is the 2013 World Food Prize Laureate Ceremony, where three innovative scientists will be honored, including Dr. Marc Van Montagu, and Dr. Mary Dell-Chilton and Monsanto’s own Dr. Robert Fraley.
Throughout next week, we will delve deeper into these topics that are being discussed at the Symposium. We encourage you to check this blog daily and visit the World Food Prize website for updates.