2014 Global Food Security Consortium/ Leroy & Barbara Everson Symposium

"Closing the Yield Gap"

More than 180 individuals attended the GFSC and Leroy & Barbara Everson Seed & Biosafety Symposium held April 29-30, 2014, at the Gateway Hotel in Ames.

The symposium focused on innovation in science for global food security.  It consisted of three sessions examining seeds and crops, animals, and sustainable intensification.

Videos of the symposium


Session One: Seeds and Crops

-Kenneth Cassman, Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Agronomy, University of Nebraska, Backcasting Global Food Security: Justification for a Global Yield Gap Atlas

-John MacRobert, Seed Systems Specialist, CIMMYT Africa, Current Developments in African Seed Industry

-Harish Reddy, Secretary, National Seed Association of India, Current Developments in Indian Seed Industry

-Marja Thijssen, Senior Advisor Plant Genetic Resources and Seed Systems, Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation, Integrated Seed Sector Development

-Panel Discussion – Saharah Moon Chapotin, Division Chief, Research, Office of Agricultural Research and Policy, US Agency for International Development, Moderator

Session Two: Animals

-Henning Steinfeld,Chief, Livestock Information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch, FAO, Closing the emission gap – global livestock and climate gases

-Jimmy Smith, Director General, International Livestock Research Institute, Closing the livestock yield gaps in the developing World: imperatives for people and the planet

-Donald Nkrumah, Senior Program Officer, Agricultural Development – Livestock Genetics, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Closing the yield gap: smallholder livestock production and productivity growth

-Panel Discussion – Mike Brown, Senior Director, Global Market Access leader for US and Canada, El an Co Animal Health, Moderator

Session Three: Sustainable Intensification

-Jerry Glover, Senior Sustainable Agricultural Systems Adviser, US Agency for International Development

-Steven Leath, President, Iowa State University

-World Food Programme Representative

-Caspar Ammann, NCAR Scientist, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Climate Change and Sustainable Intensification

-Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, United States Department of Agriculture