9 Billion and Counting

9 Billion and Counting: Abolishing Hunger

Monday, October 17, 2016

9 Billion and Counting,” hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, will include discussions with global food experts including a keynote address by 2016 World Food Prize Laureate Jan Low from the International Potato Center.

Additional presenters will include food industry leaders and University of Minnesota food and agricultural scientists. Following the symposium, the new campus Eldon Siehl Garden and Plaza, which honors winners of the Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture and features a bronze statue of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug, the U of M alumnus who led the “Green Revolution” that saved millions of people from starvation in the 1960s and ‘70s, will be unveiled. The day ends with a casual reception. 

The detailed schedule includes:

8:00 - 8:30 -   Coffee and Refreshments

  Area just outside of the St. Paul Student Center Theater 

8:30 - 8:45 -   Welcome to the University of Minnesota

  Dean Brian Buhr
  College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  St. Paul Student Center Theater

8:45 - 9:45 -   Borlaug Memorial Lecture

  Assuring Diet Quality as well as Quantity using Biofortified Sweetpotato and an Integrated Approach
  Jan Low, 2016 World Food Prize Laureate
  International Potato Center

9:45 - 10:15 - Recognizing Excellence in Agriculture and Food Security

10:15-10:45 - Coffee Break

10:45-12:15 - CFANS: Global Food Security Impacts

  Remarks from Provost Karen Hanson, University of Minnesota


Intermediate Wheatgrass: A Perennial Grain Crop
The role of agroecology in increasing food sovereignty
Translating Big Data Into Improved Crop Performance in Agricultural Systems
Maize Lethal Necrosis in Eastern Africa: Plant Disease, Food Security, Public Health and Climate Change
Witnessing a Hunger Free World
Global Food and Agricultural R&D: From the 20th to 21st Centuries
Myth Busters: Animal Agriculture Edition
Inland fish as food: potential, questions, and threats
Airborne Remote Sensing for Agricultural Production

12:30-2:30 - Lunch and Public-Private Partner Perspectives featuring Senator Amy Klobuchar

St. Paul Student Center, Northstar Ballroom

David Fiocco, associate partner, McKinsey & Company
Gabe Gusmini, Ph.D., research and development director of the Agro-Discovery Group at PepsiCo and adjunct associate professor, Agronomy and Plant Genetics, CFANS
Mary Wagner, senior vice president of Global Research and Development/Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory at Starbucks
Rob Zeaske, CEO, Second Harvest Heartland
Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President, The World Food Prize Foundation

3:00 - 3:30 - Eldon Siehl Garden and Plaza Dedication

South of 2005 Upper Buford Circle, St. Paul, MN 55108

Featuring Norman Borlaug statue
Norman E. Borlaug Medallion presentation by Ambassador Kenneth Quinn to President Eric Kaler

3:30 - 4:30 - Reception in the Borlaug Commons

Borlaug Hall

9 Billion and Counting

The clock is ticking on global food security. A changing global climate, shiing crop production patterns, diminishing natural resources, and a growing world population that’s projected to reach 9 billion by 2050 all point toward a world without enough food.

9 Billion and Counting, hosted by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, features discussions with global food experts including a keynote address by 2016 World Food Prize Laureate Jan Low from the International Potato Center.

Learn how researchers at the U of M are working to address the challenges of a growing world population and discover breakthrough solutions to ensure global food security and a healthy environment.

9 Billion and Counting videos


Thank you to our sponsors:


Minnesota Corn Growers

MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures