अक्टूबर 14-15, 2008 – डेस मोइनेस, आयोवा संयुक्त राज्य अमेरिका

प्रतिभागियों:

Moderator Dr. Robert Thompson, Gardner Chair in Agricultural Policy, Univ. of Illinois

अर्जेंटीना Enrique Duhau
ऑस्ट्रेलिया Jeff Bidstrup
ब्राज़िल Sergio Bortolozzo
कनाडा Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel
कोलम्बिया Angela Cabal Barona
चेक गणतंत्र Stepan Cizek
जर्मनी Oliver Ransmann
होंडुरस Roger Padilla
हंगरी Csaba Machaty
भारत Mekala Velangan Reddy
आयरलैंड Jim McCarthy (Transcript / Audio)
इटली Giuseppe Elias
केन्या Alfred Nderitu
मेक्सिको – रूबेन शावेज
पुर्तगाल Gabriela Cruz
रोमानिया Valentin Petrosu
स्पेन Jose Romeo Martin
युगांडा Bruno Matovu
संयुक्त राज्य अमेरिका:

उत्तरी डकोटाAl Skogen
आयोवा Bill Horan, डीन Kleckner

Despite their differences in culture, crops raised and language, 20 farmers representing six continents agreed they must work together to break the barriers that stop their access to technology. The farmers discussed their ideas during a two-day Global Farmer Roundtable held in Des Moines, आयोवा, अमेरीका.

The 2008 Roundtable met October 14-15 and was the third time the event has been held. It was organized by Truth about Trade and Technology, an NGO that promotes free trade and agricultural biotechnology through farmer-led educational initiatives. It coincided with the World Food Prize Symposium and Dr. Norman Borlaug Dialogue.

The World Food Prize Symposium allowed global leaders to discuss issues that impact food production, खाद्य सुरक्षा, the environment, and global development over the long-term, said Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, विश्व खाद्य पुरस्कार फाउंडेशन के अध्यक्ष. The Roundtable focused on short-term issues that would make a difference for farmers in the next 5-10 वर्षों.

One of those issues, the farmers said, is access to GM crops. Not all farmers at the Roundtable have access because misinformation has put political barriers into place.

The group was inspired to form coalitions and actively challenge bans after hearing the story of Jeff Bidstrup, a Queensland, Australia farmer who was named this years recipient of the Kleckner Trade & Technology Advancement Award. The award honors a farmer for exemplary leadership, vision and resolve in advancing the rights of all farmers to choose the technology and tools that will improve the quality, quantity and availability of agricultural products around the world.

Bidstrup was successfully using GM cotton to overcome pest problems, but then anti-GM activists struck his country. Within a matter of weeks, five of the six Australian states banned GM food crops.

Bidstrup and other farmers organized a coalition of livestock and grain farmers who work to educate Australians about the benefits of biotechnology and to repeal moratoriums based on ignorance. Over the course of three years, they succeeded in persuading the governments of New South Wales and Victoria to lift their bans, which now allows farmers in three of the countrys states to use GM crops.
The farmers also shared ideas for better use of precision agriculture, information technology, and crop inputs.

The Roundtable was moderated by Robert Thompson, Gardner Chair in Agricultural Policy at the University of Illinois. डॉ. Pedro Sanchez, 2002 World Food Prize Laureate also joined the group as a guest moderator during a portion of the meeting.

इसके अतिरिक्त, TATT was extremely pleased to have Global Roundtable participant Jim McCarthy (आयरलैंड) invited to sit on a panel for The 2008 Borlaug Dialogue at The World Food Prize Symposium Conversation: Trends & Impacts of Rising Agricultural Production Costs & Rising Food Prizes with several other distinguished individuals. Robert Thompson also moderated the panel. Links to download the transcript, audio file, or PowerPoint presentation of the discussion are located above in the list of names (by Jim McCarthy) or on the World Food Prize वेबसाइट.

An overview of the discussion at the roundtable is available. Read the Whitepaper: Technology Access: Discussions Set Path for Advancing Farmer Interests