Borlaug Dialogue: Building Resilience Today for Improved Global Food Systems Tomorrow

Borlaug Dialogue: Building Resilience Today for Improved Global Food Systems Tomorrow

The Borlaug Dialogue is a Food Security Annual International Symposium organized by the World Food Prize Foundation. It brings diverse group of participants from international experts, policy leaders, business executives to farmers and end users in order to address current challenges on food security and nutrition. GAIN’s Executive Director, Lawrence Haddad, who has previously been awarded the 2018 World Food, will be leading one of the sessions this year on how the current pandemic and climate challenges are showcasing the current vulnerabilities of our current food system. GAIN along with other members of the nutritional communities are aiming to create more resilient food systems and adopt an increasingly proactive approach to promote improved nutrition for communities. Lawrence Haddad, the Executive Director of GAIN will be participating in the following sessions during the event and this includes:

  •  The future of research for development: a systems transformation approach for food, land and water systems – essential to deliver the SDGs in a climate crisis: Monday 12 Oct at 14:45 CEST. For more information, please click here
  •  Safe, Affordable, Nutritious Food Year Round: Global Aspirations to Local Application for Nutrition: Wednesday 14 Oct at 9.30 am CDT. For more information, please click here
  • Food Systems Dashboard Demonstration Workshop: Wednesday 14 Oct at 11:00 am CDT. For more information, please click here
  • 2020 World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony:  Thursday 15 Oct at 9:00 CDT. For more information, please click here
  • Building More Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems for Improved Global Food Security and Nutrition:  Thursday 15 Oct at 11:00 am CDT. For more information, please click here
  • Laureate Lounge: Friday 16 Oct at 7:00 am CDT. For more information, please click here


The combined challenges of climate change and a global pandemic magnify the weaknesses in our current global food systems, causing the global food security community to confront the need to feed up to 10 billion people by 2050. Achieving equity, sustainability and improved nutrition in the food systems requires swift evolution in our definitions, research, plans, approaches and practices to build resilience. The present examination of the global food systems and subsequent actions must address the growing pressures on natural resources, food supply, technology, labor and capital in order to break new ground. Building upon the momentum of the Sustainable Development Goals, the drive to enact global change through collaborative innovation is greater now than ever before.

We invite you to envision resilient food systems that are responsive, accessible, and fair to all. Creating resilience in food systems has become a core principle in global discussions. During the Dialogue, we will tackle structural vulnerabilities requiring immediate attention and reform. Resilient food systems equip stakeholders with the capacity to recover from shocks and mitigate the impacts of stressors such as pandemics, climate change, natural resource degradation, volatile markets, conflict, and natural disasters.

Shifting from reactive responses to proactive approaches is key to transforming the global food systems.