"Challenges and Opportunities in International Agriculture" panel discussion

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Lory Student Center North Ballroom

Humanity faces significant challenges in meeting global food, feed, fiber, and energy demands as our population trends toward 9.5 billion by 2050. Panelists involved with the recently created Borlaug Training Foundation will discuss these challenges from the ecological, technological, and human capacity perspectives that come into play in the international agriculture arena. They will share their experiences and insights on how these issues can be addressed and what is needed to optimize our ability to meet the challenges facing international agriculture. Panelists will make brief statements followed by audience participation through Q&A.


Raj Khosla - Dr. Raj Khosla is a Professor of Precision Agriculture at Colorado State University. He also shares administrative responsibilities with the College of Agricultural Sciences as the Assistant Dean of International Programs. In 2012, Dr. Khosla was named the Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences and was appointed as the Senior Science Advisor on Food Security to the U.S. Department of State. In 2011, he earned NASA board membership to the US “Presidential Advisory Board on Positioning, Navigation and Timing” to work on the US space based GPS policy. Earlier in 2008, Dr. Khosla was named the CSU Monfort Professor. Dr. Khosla’s main focus of research has been “Management of in-field soil and crop spatial variability using innovative technologies (such as GPS, GIS, and Remote-sensing) for precision management of crop inputs across large and small scale farming systems. He currently has projects in multiple countries and is championing efforts to enhance crop input use efficiency, productivity, profitability, and sustainability of large and small scale agricultural production systems. He has been invited globally to over 2 dozen countries and has trained scientists from numerous places in his Precision Agriculture laboratory. Dr. Khosla is the Fellow of American Society of Agronomy; Fellow of Soil Science Society of America; Fellow of Soil and Water Conservation Society and Honorary Life Fellow of International Society of Precision Agriculture. Dr. Khosla is the Founder and Founding-President of the International Society of Precision Agriculture.


Jeanie Borlaug Laube - Jeanie is the daughter of Norman Borlaug, the Nobel Prize Laureate commonly referred to as the “the father of the Green Revolution” or “the man who saved a billion lives.”  She resides in Dallas, Texas.  Jeanie is a philanthropist and teacher of children.  She has served as Chair of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative since October 2009, which is an international consortium of over 1,000 scientists from hundreds of institutions working together to reduce the world’s vulnerability to stem, yellow, and leaf rusts of wheat, facilitate sustainable international partnerships to contain the threat of wheat rusts, and to enhance world productivity to withstand global threats to wheat security. 

Peter Raven - Dr. Peter Raven became a member of the California Academy of Sciences and while still a youth, Dr. Raven went on to graduate with a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1957 and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1960.  Subsequently, Dr. Raven went on to teach at Stanford University.  After teaching at Stanford University, Dr. Raven went on to become the President and Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden in 1971 until he retired in 2011. From 1993-1996 he also served on the board of trustees for Science Services (now Society for Science & the Public).  Currently Dr. Raven serves on the advisory council of CRDF Global (an "independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration.”). On May 29,2014 he was awarded a Honorary Doctor of Science from Harvard University.

Adrian Dubock - Adrian Dubock has a PhD (vertebrate Zoology, Reading University), and is British and Swiss. After the UK Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food he joined ICI in 1977. In 2001 he joined Syngenta in Switzerland as Global Head Mergers and Acquisitions, Ventures and Intellectual Property Licensing. Adrian has lived in four and worked in more than 90 countries with a broad range of agri-business development, strategic and operational responsibilities. For 15 years he also worked his 52 hectare UK grass farm with 320 sheep. Retiring from Syngenta December 2007, he joined the Advisory Board of the Freiburg Institute of Advances Studies, Albert-Ludwigs- Universität, Germany (2008-2014). In 2013 he was named by Scientific American World View as one of “three agbiotech experts …. for possible solutions to address the global hunger crisis”: recognised personally for bringing philanthropy to industry and with two others in employing science in the service of humanity. In 2000 he proposed the architecture of the Golden Rice project, and concluded all related negotiations. He works with the inventors to bring the humanitarian not-for-profit vision to fruition. In April 2015 he collected from the White House a Patents for Humanity Award, for the Golden Rice project, and the project leadership of Peter Beyer, Adrian Dubock, and Ingo Potrykus. In April 2016 he participated in a WHO/FAO consultation on micronutrient biofortification.

Amor H. Yahyaoui - Amor H. Yahyaoui received his BSc (Agronomy) and MSc (Breeding and Genetics) at Oregon State University (USA), and PhD (Plant Pathology) at Montana State University (USA). Amor worked in Tunisia (1987-1998) as Professor at ESA-Kef University of Tunis II, where he run the College of Agriculture and coordinated USAID projects for dryland with MIAC and Oregon State University Projects. He joined ICARDA in 1998 as senior cereal pathologist then became IPM project manager and ensured after Rajaram the coordination of ICARDA-CIMMYT Wheat Improvement Program (ICWIP) for Central West Asia and North Africa.  Amor played a major role in enhancing research on yellow rust and established the regional yellow rust conference. While at ICARDA, Amor continued supervision of graduate student research. In 2011 Amor joined CIMMYT as Wheat Training Officer where he encouraged women participation in wheat training and has been hosting the Women in Triticum Awardee for scientific visit to CENEB (Centro Experimental Norman E. Borlaug) at Obregon.   Amor’s publication are in area pathology, IPM, research development  involving graduate student research projects and research developed conducted with collaborators at advanced research institutions. Amor’s main research teaching interests include disease resistance in wheat and barley, genetic diversity in cereal crops, host-parasite interactions, and virulence diversity in plant pathogens. Major area of teaching includes plant pathology, epidemiology, integrated pest management, and crop breeding.

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