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ASABE Co-Hosts World Food Prize Event

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Des Moines, Iowa - ASABE partnered with the Council on Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) to host an event highlighting CAST’s Communication Award and ASABE’s Global Engagement efforts. The event took place October 18, 2017, as one of the official side events of the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation. 

ASABE presented a panel discussion entitled “Designing the Road out of Poverty: Ensuring Resource Access.” The panel addressed the critical role of water and energy in producing adequate food, and the competing demands for those resources. The discussion ended with a Q & A session, providing each speaker with an opportunity to provide specifics about what works best for sustainable food production.

ASABE President Stephen Searcy opened the session with remarks on ASABE's Global Engagement Activities. The panel was then introduced and discussion moderated by Indrajeet Chaubey, associate dean and director of international programs in agriculture, Purdue University. Panelists included Margaret Catley-Carlson, member, Advisory Committee of World Food Prize; Timothy Williams, director for Africa, International Water Management Institute; David Baltensperger, department head, soil and crop sciences, Texas A&M; and Geoff Graham, vice president, plant breeding, DuPont Pioneer.

Also among the panelists was Jayson Lusk, 2017 winner of the Borlaug CAST Communication Award (BCCA), who was honored at a separate World Food Prize side event. Distinguished Professor and Head of the Purdue University Department of Agricultural Economics, Lusk is a consummate communicator who promotes agricultural science and technology in the public arena using multiple forms of media to advocate for science. His blog explores how innovation and growth in agriculture are critical for food security and global progress. His most recent book, Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology Are Serving Up Super Foods to Save the World, explains how science and innovation are linked with feeding the growing global population.

BCCA recipients are science/ag experts who demonstrate an ability to communicate through written material, public presentations, and various forms of media. The honor is presented annually by CAST, and this year the award was sponsored by Syngenta. Visit the CAST website at www.cast-science.org for updated information about the award, including nomination forms for the 2018 Borlaug CAST Communication Award.

The World Food Prize highlights the efforts of many to ensure that we can feed the global population, both now and in the decades to come. The competition for resources is more and more recognized as a primary determinant of our ability to meet those future food needs.

ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. 

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