October 13, 2010, Des Moines, Iowa – “About 1 billion small farmers worldwide, many of them women, face drought, the effects of climate change and a lack of technology as they struggle to feed families on what they can raise on an acre or two of land.

Their problems will be the focus of this week’s World Food Prize symposium, as agriculture officials from around the world gather to talk about what can be done to fight hunger. As many as 60 farmers are expected to join agriculture officials from the U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan and Liberia, said Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation, which hosts the annual conference in Des Moines.”

This year’s World Food Prize laureates are David Beckmann, head of Bread for the World, and Jo Luck, head of Heifer International.

The Borlaug Dialogue is being held in conjunction with the World Food Prize Symposium. The late Norman Borlaug, 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former IFDC board member, established the World Food Prize.

Attending the symposium are IFDC board member Vo-Tong Xuan and Virtual Fertilizer Research Center board of advisor members Marco Ferroni, Ruth Oniang’o and Ajay Vashee.

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