Today marked the final day of the 2020 Borlaug Dialogue. Read on for Farming First's compilation of the closing sessions - where equity, resilience and food systems topped the agenda - as well as highlights of the World Food Prize Laureate ceremony!


Dr. Rattan Lal, 2020 World Food Prize Laureate
Dr. Rattan Lal was celebrated on Thursday morning as the 2020 World Food Prize Laureate. A native of India and a U.S. citizen, Dr. Lal developed and mainstreamed a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that restores and conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change. Over his career spanning more than five decades and four continents, Dr. Lal has promoted innovative soil-saving techniques benefiting the livelihoods of more than 500 million smallholder farmers, improving the food and nutritional security of more than two billion people and saving hundreds of millions of hectares of natural tropical ecosystems.
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Day Three Themes: Equity and Food Systems
On the Borlaug Dialogue's final day, themes related to equity and access in global food systems were discussed. The speakers highlighted how certain populations are exceptionally vulnerable to disruptions in food systems, which can lead to lasting inequity unless tackled proactively. In a special session about the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, global leaders committed to collaborate and elevate food systems transformations in the months leading up to the crucial global convening. The event’s final roundtable examined how to strengthen under-resourced communities and make them more resilient to shocks such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
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New! Watch Our Post-Event Round-Up From Day Three
Farming First caught up with Barbara Stinson, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, to look back on the weekly highlights from the 2020 Borlaug Dialogue.
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2020 Iowa Hunger Summit
Join the World Food Prize Foundation from Monday to Wednesday next week, for a free virtual event exploring collaborative solutions for ending hunger and food insecurity in Iowa. Featuring conversations on the importance of racial equity within food systems and addressing the effects of Covid-19 on vulnerable and under-resourced populations, the 2020 Iowa Hunger Summit will include morning plenary sessions along with interactive afternoon breakout sessions.
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Farming First's top picks of news and content from the 2020 Borlaug Dialogue.
The Road to the 2021 Food Systems Summit

Next year, the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit will take place to raise global awareness and secure commitments on actions that transform our global food systems. In a session that discussed the path leading up to the event, participants discussed the actions needed to fulfill the vision set out by the 2021 Summit.
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Panel Discussed New Paper on Biofortification

Biofortification is the process of increasing the vitamin and mineral density of a crop. To coincide with the release of CAST's new issue paper on biofortification, a roundtable of experts provided the highlights of the report called “Food Biofortification—Reaping the Benefits of Science to Overcome Hidden Hunger”, and answered questions around the publication.
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Building Resilient Food Systems

In a session hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the Alliance to End Hunger, participants explored how to end hunger, malnutrition, and food insecurity before the end of the decade and the deadline of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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ABC News
Ohio State University Soil Professor Gets World Food Prize
Rattan Lal, a professor of soil science at Ohio State University, is this year’s recipient of the World Food Prize.
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The Daily Telegraph
Solution to Feeding the Developing World Wins $250,000 Prize
The winning scientist has said the pandemic should be used as an opportunity to reset our relationship with what we eat.
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Soil Prof Hits Pay Dirt: $250K Prize For Helping Farmers, Fighting Climate Change
Rattan Lal won a quarter of a million dollars for his scientific research on dirt. Or as he prefers to call it, "soil."
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Des Moines Register
Pioneer of Research on Sequestering Carbon in Soil is This Year's World Food Prize Laureate
Soil health is critical to meeting global challenges like eliminating hunger, says this year's World Food Prize winner.
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Science and innovation, along with the skills and resources to deploy them, can help farmers improve their productivity and sustainability.
Improving Farming Practices in Argentina
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Sharing Knowledge with Africa's Smallholders
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Putting Science at the Fore of Sustainability
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Photo credit: World Food Prize, UN Food Systems Summit 2021, Unsplash, FAO/Alliance to End Hunger, Associated Press, The Telegraph, Ken Chamberlain/Ohio State University, Des Moines Register


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