The 11th annual Global Farmer Roundtable took placein Des Moines, Iowa October 10-12, once again during the week of the World Food Prize Symposium. It was once again an exciting week full of activity and learning experiences for everyone.

Dr. Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes of the University of Missouri moderated the roundtable discussions for the fourth time. Thirteen farmersfive women and eight menwith diverse production backgrounds comprised this year’s invitees, including the countries of Nepal and Rwanda for the first time. That takes the Global Farmer Network to about 150 agriculteurs de 48 des pays.

This marked the first time the roundtable was held after Truth About Trade & Technology re-brandeditselfas Global Farmer Network (GFN) shortly after the year began. The focus of the organization in recent years become more synonymouswith the global farmers who’ve attended the roundtablethey played a larger role in activities and helped the non-profit organization grow in its scope and influence. The organization had become the Global Farmer Network in everything but name, so it was only natural to make that change early in 2016.

2016 Global Farmer Roundtable participants and new members of the Global Farmer Network:

Argentine Ms. Maria Beatriz Pilu Giraudo
Brésil- Monsieur. Lcio Alamy
Canada Mr. Joas Van Oord
Inde Mr. Pavitar Pal Singh Pangli
Indonésie Ms. Arie Sulistyani
Mexique Ms. Georgina Gutierrez
Népal Mr. Bishnu Hari Poudyal
Nouvelle-Zélande Ms. Jane Smith
Rwanda Mr. Pierre Kamere Munyura
Espagne Mr. Francisco Manuel Fernandez Camas
Royaume-Uni Mr. Jake Freestone
États Unis Mr. Richard Fordyce
Zimbabwe Ms. droit Mashumba


2016 Prix ​​Kleckner

Argentinian farmerMaria Giraudo was the recipient of the 2016 Prix ​​Kleckner. A fifth generation farmer, Giraudo and her family adopted no-till agriculture more than three decades ago and now over ninety percent of her country’s farmland uses the practice. She is the tenth recipient of the award first given in 2007 and received the honor at an event the evening of October 11.

Read more about Maria Giraudo and the other Klecker Award recipientsici.

Media coverage from the week’s activity:

  • Food Heroes Celebrated at World Food PrizeCelebrating 30 Years of Impact: Farmers and the World Food Prize Laureates Who Changed Their Lives – droit Mashumba (GFN, Zimbabwe) and PPS Pangli (GFN, Inde) sur oct 12 panel with WFP Laureates Prof. MS Swaminathan and Dr. Howard Bouis that was moderated by Julie Borlaug.
  • Farm FuturesNo-till farmer from Argentina wins Kleckner Award oct 11 on Maria Giraudo (2016 Prix ​​Kleckner, Argentine).
  • Nouvelles de Brownfield Ag Farming Challenges Differ Around the Globe oct 11 includes audio/radio interviews.
  • AgWeb, Farm JournalArgentine farmer fights for no till agriculture, wins Kleckner Award oct 12.
  • Réseau radio ruraloct 12 interview with Mary Boote about the Global Farmer Network.
  • Radio de l'OMS, Des Moines – Jake Freestone (GFN, Royaume-Uni) and Richard Fordyce (GFN, Missouri) guests oct 13 on The Big Show.
  • MU Earth (Univ. Missouri) – multiple articles including Coffee fuels farmer and community growth on Pierre Munyura (GFN, Rwanda), Zimbabwe farmer empowers female farmers to scale up and work together on Ruramiso Mashumba (GFN, Zimbabwe).
  • AgWeb, Farm JournalA Farewell to Farms: Why Some Youth Dont Consider a Future in Farming oct 14.
  • Réseau radio agroalimentaire de l'IowaFarming without help from government oct 15 quotes Jane Smith (GFN, Nouvelle-Zélande).
  • Campo (Argentine) – Pilu Giraudo, premiada en Des Moines oct 16.
  • Nouvelles de Brownfield AgMissouri Agriculture Update with Director Fordyce oct 20 with Richard Fordyce (GFN, Missouri); discussion of GFR starts off radio interview.
  • High Plains / Midwest Ag JournalFarming is a tough job all around the world quotes numerous GFR folks oct 25.
  • Réseau radio agroalimentaire de l'Iowa Post Brexit, UK short term profitability is good; long term is uncertain oct 31 quotes Jake Freestone (GFN, Royaume-Uni) – Listen here.
  • Otago Daily Times (Nouvelle-Zélande) – Global Farmer Network amazingoct 31 on Jane Smith participation.


Looking for a speaker to be on a panel or to talk at your event? Check out theLes agriculteurs page Web. You can follow Global Farmer Network on Twitter@World_Farmers où les membres alternent régulièrement les publications de leurs fermes à travers le monde.