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2023 Borlaug Dialogue

October 24, 2023 - October 26, 2023

The Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue, also known as the “Borlaug Dialogue” and the “premier global agriculture conference,” addresses contemporary issues related to nutrition and food security. The dialogue brings together more than 2,000 people from over 60 countries. The conference lasts three days and assembles scientists, policymakers, business executives and farmers to strengthen partnership to tackle hunger and malnutrition.

Florence Ochieng harvests green maize on her 105-acre family farm near Kitale, Transnzoia. (Photo: CIMMYT)

The 2023 theme Harnessing Change takes on the significant repercussions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic on food and nutrition security. Conversations will focus on making use of innovations and diversification to build robust and shock-proof food systems.

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CIMMYT and CGIAR participation at the 2023 Borlaug Dialogue: 

Tuesday, October 24 | 3-3:40 p.m. (CDT) | Main Stage Session

MasAgro: Taking it to the Farmer

CIMMYT and CGIAR speaker: Bram Govaerts, CIMMYT director general and Lindiwe M. Sibanda, CGIAR system board chair

This panel discusses CIMMYT’s implementation of MasAgro, showcases farmer testimonials from Mexico and Africa, and highlights the support from CGIAR and the U.S. Special Representative for Global Food Security on the project’s expansion and impact.

Tuesday, October 24 | 6-7:30 p.m. (CDT) | World Food Prize Hall of Laureates

Global Food Security is National Security: How Hunger and Malnutrition Abroad Make the U.S. Less Safe 

CIMMYT speaker: Bram Govaerts, CIMMYT director general

This panel discussion highlights the nexus between food insecurity and national security and how agricultural research and innovation can mitigate these concerns.

Wednesday, October 25 | 9:15-9:55 a.m. (CDT) | Main Stage Session

A Vision for Harnessing Change 

CIMMYT speaker: Lindiwe M. Sibanda, CGIAR system board chair

This session explores innovative strategies to adapt to global transformations. Experts discuss multidisciplinary approaches to address challenges in food security, agriculture, and climate change, aiming to shape a resilient and sustainable future for all.

Wednesday, October 25 | 7:45 – 8:45 a.m. (CDT) | Iowa Events Center

Harnessing Innovation to Rapidly Respond to Crises

CIMMYT and USAID speakers: Bram Govaerts, CIMMYT director general; Kevin Kabunda, chief of party AID-I southern Africa; Dina Esposito, USAID Global Food Crisis coordinator and assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Resilience, Environment and Food Security 

The panel will focus on the Accelerated Innovation Delivery Initiative (AID-I) Rapid Delivery Hubs announced by U.S. President Joe Biden at the 2022 United Nations General Assembly to mitigate the food security crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine in food importing countries of the Great Lakes and southern Africa regions.

Thursday, October 26 | 2:25-3:25 p.m. (CDT) | Iowa Events Center, room 307 and 318

CGIAR Latin America session: “Maximizing Latin America and the Caribbean’s Contributions to Global Agriculture and Biodiversity Solutions” 

CIMMYT and CGIAR speakers: Bram Govaerts, CIMMYT director general and Joaquin Lozano, regional director, Latin America and the Caribbean, CGIAR

This session focuses on amplifying Latin America and the Caribbean’s role in global agriculture and biodiversity solutions. It delves into regional innovations, contributions, and collaborative efforts to enhance sustainable agricultural practices and biodiversity conservation worldwide.


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October 24, 2023
October 26, 2023
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