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The Iowa Chinese in Agriculture (ICIA), a non-profit and volunteer-based 501(c)3 organization, was established in 2006. ICIA members consist of professionals in research, education, production, and business in agriculture across Iowa. ICIA’s mission is to provide a platform to serve our local communities and to organize Chinese culture related events/activities to improve member’s after-work life (and at-work life). ICIA also to foster a favorable environment for attracting, retaining, and motivating world  class agricultural professionals to work in Iowa.

ICIA Representatives Attended 2009 World Food Prize Events PDF Print E-mail
Written by Deng Lang, Dong Zhanshan, Zhang Jian and Zou Jijun   
Friday, 06 November 2009 22:28

 

Deng Lang, Dong Zhanshan, Zhang Jian and Zou Jijun attended the 2009 World Food Prize (WFP) event in Des Moines, Iowa during October 13-16. Bill Gates, global ag ministers, UN agency leaders gathered in Des Moines for the 2009 WFP event to honor legacy of Borlaug who passed away on September 12, 2009. This year’s WFP was the largest attendance with 65 countries yet for the event with over 45 notable speakers from more than 15 countries addressing food’s link to global security. Speakers at the 2009 WFP event include: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton (via Video Conference), U.S. Secretary Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Egyptian Minister of Agriculture Amih Abaza, Canadian Minister of Agriculture Gerry Ritz, Dutch Minister of Agriculture Gerda Verburg, Jeffrey Sachs Director of the Earth Institute, Josette Sheeran Executive Director of the UN World Food Program, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi, chairman, president & CEO of Archer Daniels Midland Co. Patricia Woertz and DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman. More info could be found at www.worldfoodprize.org

 

 

Bill Gates gave the keynote address at the World Food Prize Symposium — saying there is no reason why we can’t have productivity and sustainability together. Gates criticized those “voices [that] are instantly hostile to any emphasis on productivity.” He added that we need to develop crops that can survive extreme growing conditions, such as drought, floods, pests, and disease. He noted that the Gates Foundation includes “transgenic approaches because we believe that they can help address farmers’ challenges faster and more efficiently than conventional breeding alone.”

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed Gates’ support of plant biotechnology — in a taped speech at the World Food Prize Symposium she said biotechnology will play a “critical role” in combating hunger, and will be one of the main tools the United States will use to help countries produce more food.

Mr Yan Weibin, Chief Executive Officer of Longping High-Tech Agriculture as invited speaker attended the session of “Conversation: Trends and threats in global agricultural yields.”

The context for the conference is that global leaders are increasingly viewing food and nutrition as critical factors underpinning national and international security in the face of economic, political, and environmental crises worldwide. The same challenges confront experts working in international agriculture and rural development, while food insecurity and malnutrition continue to rise around the world. These challenges and the reactions they have drawn from world leaders have led some to call into question the effectiveness of existing global institutions and systems in ensuring the availability of food on community and national levels.

We joined in the welcoming reception on Oct 14 at the “Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates.” His son and daughter, Bill Borlaug and Jeanie Laube, also attended the event and helped uncovered the huge oil-painted Norman Borlaug portrait. Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates will be restored from the century-old Des Moines Public Library Building in the downtown will serve as a museum to recognize great achievements in agriculture; a convocation center at which to hold the World Food Prize International Symposium - the Borlaug Dialogue; a home for the expanded Global Youth Institute; an educational facility featuring interactive displays on hunger and food security; and a conference center and community hall available to other groups and organizations for their meetings and events.

Gebisa Ejeta, an Ethiopian-born Purdue University plant breeder who dramatically increased sorghum yields of a crucial African food crop was formally awarded $250,000 of the 2009 World Food Prize held in the Iowa State Capital with a traditional ceremony on October 15. The ceremony was tinged with sadness by the recent death of the award’s founder, Norman Borlaug in September 2009, but livened by traditional dancers and a performance by a pop star flown in from the laureate’s home land. In his brief acceptance remarks, Ejeta said Borlaug’s “indomitable spirit” should guide agricultural scientists and humanitarians to “work toward his eventual goal of eradicating hunger from the face of the earth.” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack read a letter of congratulations to the scientist from President Barack Obama. Miss Iowa 2009, Anne Michael Langguth, who went to China as part of the World Food Prize Foundation’s youth intern program 6 years ago, performed a violin solo for the ceremony.

 

ICIA members with Weibin Yan, President of Yuan LongPing High-Tech Agriculture Co., Ltd

 

 

Deng Lang, President of ICIA and Jijun Zou, Board Director of ICIA with Dr Gebisa Ejeta, Winner of 2009 World Food Prize

 

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