In response to the critical issues of Ebola and instability in the Middle East, keynote speakers at the 2014 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue will examine how these developments relate to farming, food systems and agricultural outputs in affected countries.
Several international leaders are scheduled to attend the event, Oct. 14-17, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa,
Slated to participate in a panel on agriculture in Africa, Ministers of Agriculture from Sierra Leone and Liberia will attend, and the President of Sierra Leone is scheduled to give a keynote address.
Kanayo Nwanze of the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development also will open the symposium Oct. 15, highlighting the importance of continued investment in agriculture during times of crisis.
In his keynote, Dr. Nwanze will highlight latest global crises, including that of Ebola, are a wake-up call to leaders around the world that problems in one part of the world will ultimately affect all of us, even when we live thousands of miles away.
While it is imperative to deliver emergency relief to those in desperate need today, Nwanze will discuss looking to the future for prevention of war and health tragedies before they become catastrophes of poverty and hunger.
Dr. Nwanze - a Nigerian national and head of the International Fund for Agriculture Development - will outline how, with continued long-term support, we can shift from a crisis-to-crisis approach by putting in place measures that ensure our world's food security.
Other current issues such as the political instability in the Middle East and its impact on food security will also be discussed with experts from the U.S. State Department, WFP noted.
For more information on the conference, visit The World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue agenda page.