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 greenhousesbut, 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:

  • ArgentinaMr. Pedro Manuel Vigneau
  • CanadaMr. Jake Leguee
  • ChinaMs. Lili Duan
  • DenmarkMr. Knud Bay-Smidt
  • HondurasMr. Jose Joaquin Rosales
  • IndiaMs. Sujatha Sridhar
  • MaliMr. Amadou Sidibe
  • New ZealandMs. Mel Poulton
  • NigeriaMr. Chibuike Emmanuel
  • South AfricaMr. Motlatsi Musi
  • TanzaniaMr. Charles Chenza
  • UgandaMr. Kaahwa Jean Rwamukaga
  • United KingdomMr. Andrew Osmond
  • United States, MarylandMs. 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. Hes 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 theGlobal Farmer Roundtable:

Innovations to Improve Smallholder LivelihoodsDevex 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 Farmerblog by Jake Leguee (GFN, Canada) The 2017 Global Farmer Roundtable Oct 9.

AgriMarketingAfrican 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 GeorgiaAfrican Motlatsi Musi Named Kleckner Award Winner Oct 18.

Successful FarmingInternational Group of Farmers Foresees Protectionism Oct 17.

Successful Farming4 Ways to Effectively Advocate for Farmers Oct 18.

Rural Radio NetworkMID-DAY Oct 18 At this years 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 ShowAndrew 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 DailyRaising Catfish In Nigeria Oct 19 [approx 10:30 min mark] interview with Chibuike Emmanuel (GFN, Nigeria).

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

Ag News DailyInternational 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 Journals Ag ProBiotechnology Advocates Argue Science Vital for Small Farm Livelihood Oct 20.

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

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

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

Ag News DailyFarming 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 RegisterTheres 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 groups president Pedro Vigneau attending.

Ag News DailySouth 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 governmentsFillmore farmer part of Global Farmer Roundtable on Jake Leguee (GFN, Canada) Nov 2.

Iowa Farmer TodayPanel 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 theFarmers webpage. You can follow Global Farmer Network on Twitter@World_Farmers where members regularly rotate posts from their farms around the world.