2017 Global Farmer Roundtable


The 12th annual Global Farmer Roundtable held Oct 17-18 again coincided with the week of the World Food Prize Symposium and Borlaug Dialogues in Des Moines, Iowa, giving the participants a fabulous opportunity to interact, network, and share their perspective as farmers with others attending.  With this year’s edition, the Global Farmer Network now has over 170 members that hail from over 50 nations.

Roundtable in progress.

For the fifth time, Dr. Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes of the University of Missouri acted in the role as roundtable moderator, moving the lively dicussion amongst the fourteen farmers.  The four women and ten men encompassed a wide range of farm and production experiences ranging from aquaculture to developing greenhouses… but, as their predecessors before them, they discovered they share quite a bit more in common than they realized beforehand (see links to media stories below).


Laureate award evening at the Iowa State Capitol.


2017 Global Farmer Roundtable participants & new members of the Global Farmer Network:

  • Argentina – Mr. Pedro Manuel Vigneau
  • Canada – Mr. Jake Leguee
  • China – Ms. Lili Duan
  • Denmark – Mr. Knud Bay-Smidt
  • Honduras – Mr. Jose Joaquin Rosales
  • India – Ms. Sujatha Sridhar
  • Mali – Mr. Amadou Sidibe
  • New Zealand – Ms. Mel Poulton
  • Nigeria – Mr. Chibuike Emmanuel
  • South Africa – Mr. Motlatsi Musi
  • Tanzania – Mr. Charles Chenza
  • Uganda – Mr. Kaahwa Jean Rwamukaga
  • United Kingdom – Mr. Andrew Osmond
  • United States, Maryland – Ms. Jennifer Schmidt


2017 Kleckner Award

Motlatsi Musi the 2017 Kleckner Award winner.

South African smallholder farmer Motlatsi Musi was the recipient of the 2017 Kleckner Award.  Raised during the apartheid era, afterwards Musi found his road out of poverty with agriculture and now finds himself in a new activist role concerning biotechnology. He’s one of the farmers appearing in the documentary “Food Evolution” narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. “This is our new fight for justice,” he says.

Mr. Musi is the eleventh recipient of the award first given in 2007 and was honored at an event held October 17.

Read more about Motlatsi Musi and the other Kleckner Award recipients here.



Media coverage from the week’s activity at the Global Farmer Roundtable:

Innovations to Improve Smallholder Livelihoods – Devex and CropLife International hosted Oct 18 event during World Food Prize that included Motlatsi Musi (2017 Kleckner Award, S. Africa).

AgriOrbit (South Africa) – “SA farmer receives Kleckner Award” Aug 8 on Motlatsi Musi (2017 Kleckner Award, S. Africa).

A Year In The Life Of A Farmer – blog by Jake Leguee (GFN, Canada) “The 2017 Global Farmer Roundtable” Oct 9.

AgriMarketing – “African Motlatsi Musi Named Kleckner Award Winner” Oct 17.

Farmers from Tanzania, India, and South Africa taking media questions.

Brownfield Ag News – “Global Farmers Share Similar Concerns” Oct 17, includes audio interviews with Pedro Vigneau (GFN, Argentina) and Jake Leguee (GFN, Canada).

WAWK Radio (NE Indiana) – “Global Farmers Share Similar Concerns” Oct 17 (Brownfield Ag News)

Growing Georgia – “African Motlatsi Musi Named Kleckner Award Winner” Oct 18.

Successful Farming – “International Group of Farmers Foresees Protectionism” Oct 17.

Successful Farming – “4 Ways to Effectively Advocate for Farmers” Oct 18.

Rural Radio Network – MID-DAY Oct 18 “At this year’s Global Farmer Roundtable, many participants echo many of the same concerns including trade…” [Audio Link]

KMCH Radio (E. Iowa) – “Farmers Hold Panel Discussion at World Food Prize Event

Jennie Schmidt (Maryland) and Andrew Osmond (United Kingdom) at WHO Radio.

Oct 18 (Radio Iowa/Brownfield).

WHO Radio, The Big Show – Andrew Osmond (GFN, UK) and Jennie Schmidt (GFN, US-Maryland) appeared live Oct 19 on widely heard station in Des Moines.

KGLO Radio (N Iowa) – “Canadian farmer discusses NAFTA at World Food Prize event” Oct 19.

Ag News Daily – “Raising Catfish In Nigeria” Oct 19 [approx 10:30 min mark] interview with Chibuike Emmanuel (GFN, Nigeria).

Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network – “Canadian farmers need NAFTA too” Oct 20 with Jake Leguee (GFN, Canada).

Ag News Daily – “International Farming” Oct 20 [at intro/start and approx 12:15 min mark ] interviews with Mel Poulton (GFN, New Zealand) and Pedro Vigneau (GFN, Argentina).

Farm Journal’s Ag Pro – Biotechnology Advocates Argue Science Vital for Small Farm Livelihood” Oct 20.

Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network – “Combating consumer distrust, one farmer at a time” Oct 23.

Agri Marketing, Weekly Update – “4 Ways to Effectively Advocate for Farmers” Oct 23.

Farm Journal AgTech – “Biotechnology Advocates Argue Science Vital for Small Farm Livelihood” Oct 24.

Ag News Daily – “Farming Around the World!” Oct 26 [approx 13:25 min mark] interviews with Jose Rosales (GFN, Honduras) and Andrew Osmond (GFN, UK).

KMALand Radio (SW Iowa) –  “Combating consumer distrust, one farmer at a time” Oct 29 (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network)

Des Moines Register – “There’s more than one way to raise pigs successfully” Oct 30 quotes from the Global Farmer Roundtable.

Aapresid (Argentina) – “Aapresid participo’ del Global Farmer Network” Nov 1, with the group’s president Pedro Vigneau attending.

Ag News Daily – “South African Agriculture” Nov 1 (approx 17 min mark)  includes conversation with Motlatsi Musi (2017 Kleckner Award, S. Africa).

Weyburn Review (Canada) – “Agriculture needs to be higher priority for governments – Fillmore farmer part of Global Farmer Roundtable” on Jake Leguee (GFN, Canada) Nov 2.

Iowa Farmer Today – “Panel brings global perspective to ag trade issues” Nov 4.


Looking for a speaker to be on a panel or to talk at your event?  Check out the Farmers webpage.  You can follow Global Farmer Network on Twitter @World_Farmers where members regularly rotate posts from their farms around the world.

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