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, أيوا, 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 الدول.

Roundtable in progress.

For the fifth time, دكتور. 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… لكن, 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:

  • الأرجنتين – السيد. Pedro Manuel Vigneau
  • كندا – السيد. جيك Leguee
  • الصين – Ms. ليلى دوان
  • الدنمارك – السيد. كنود خليج-سميت
  • هندوراس – السيد. خوسيه خواكين روزاليس
  • الهند – Ms. سوجاثا سريدار
  • مالي – السيد. أمادو سيديبي
  • نيوزيلاندا – Ms. ميل بولتون
  • نيجيريا – السيد. Chibuike ايمانويل
  • جنوب أفريقيا – السيد. نائب حاكم
  • تنزانيا – السيد. تشارلز Chenza
  • أوغندا – السيد. Kaahwa جان في كاغا
  • المملكة المتحدة – السيد. أندرو أوزموند
  • الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية, ماريلاند – Ms. Jennifer Schmidt


2017 جائزة Kleckner

Motlatsi Musi the 2017 الفائز بجائزة Kleckner.

جنوب أفريقيا صغار المزارعين Motlatsi Musi was the recipient of the 2017 جائزة Kleckner. 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. Hes one of the farmers appearing in the documentary تطور الغذاء narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. This is our new fight for justice, he says.

السيد. 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 هنا.



Media coverage from the week’s activity at theمزارع المائدة المستديرة العالمية:

Innovations to Improve Smallholder LivelihoodsDevex and CropLife International hosted أكتوبر 18 event during World Food Prize that included Motlatsi Musi (2017 جائزة Kleckner, S. أفريقيا).

AgriOrbit (جنوب أفريقيا) – SA farmer receives Kleckner Award أغسطس 8 on Motlatsi Musi (2017 جائزة Kleckner, S. أفريقيا).

A Year In The Life Of A Farmerblog by Jake Leguee (GFN, كندا) The 2017 Global Farmer Roundtable أكتوبر 9.

AgriMarketingAfrican Motlatsi Musi Named Kleckner Award Winner أكتوبر 17.

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

Brownfield Ag News Global Farmers Share Similar Concerns أكتوبر 17, includes audio interviews with Pedro Vigneau (GFN, الأرجنتين) and Jake Leguee (GFN, كندا).

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

Growing GeorgiaAfrican Motlatsi Musi Named Kleckner Award Winner أكتوبر 18.

Successful FarmingInternational Group of Farmers Foresees Protectionism أكتوبر 17.

Successful Farming4 Ways to Effectively Advocate for Farmers أكتوبر 18.

Rural Radio NetworkMID-DAY أكتوبر 18 At this years Global Farmer Roundtable, many participants echo many of the same concerns including trade [Audio Link]

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

جيني شميت (ماريلاند) and Andrew Osmond (المملكة المتحدة) at WHO Radio.

أكتوبر 18 (Radio Iowa/Brownfield).

WHO Radio, The Big Show – أندرو أوزموند (GFN, المملكة المتحدة) 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 أكتوبر 19.

Ag News DailyRaising Catfish In Nigeria أكتوبر 19 [approx 10:30 min mark] interview with Chibuike Emmanuel (GFN, نيجيريا).

Iowa Agribusiness Radio NetworkCanadian farmers need NAFTA too أكتوبر 20 with Jake Leguee (GFN, كندا).

Ag News DailyInternational Farming أكتوبر 20 [at intro/start and approx 12:15 min mark ] interviews with Mel Poulton (GFN, نيوزيلاندا) and Pedro Vigneau (GFN, الأرجنتين).

Farm Journals Ag ProBiotechnology Advocates Argue Science Vital for Small Farm Livelihood أكتوبر 20.

Iowa Agribusiness Radio NetworkCombating consumer distrust, one farmer at a time أكتوبر 23.

Agri Marketing, Weekly Update4 Ways to Effectively Advocate for Farmers Oct 23.

Farm Journal AgTechBiotechnology Advocates Argue Science Vital for Small Farm Livelihood أكتوبر 24.

Ag News DailyFarming Around the World! أكتوبر 26 [approx 13:25 min mark] interviews with Jose Rosales (GFN, هندوراس) and Andrew Osmond (GFN, المملكة المتحدة).

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

دي موين التسجيلTheres more than one way to raise pigs successfully أكتوبر 30 quotes from the Global Farmer Roundtable.

Aapresid (الأرجنتين) – Aapresid participo del Global Farmer Network نوفمبر 1, with the groups president Pedro Vigneau attending.

Ag News DailySouth African Agriculture نوفمبر 1 (approx 17 min mark) includes conversation with Motlatsi Musi (2017 جائزة Kleckner, S. أفريقيا).

Weyburn Review (كندا) – Agriculture needs to be higher priority for governmentsFillmore farmer part of Global Farmer Roundtable on Jake Leguee (GFN, كندا) نوفمبر 2.

مزارع ايوا اليومPanel brings global perspective to ag trade issues نوفمبر 4.


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