2021 Borlaug Dialogue: Gaining Momentum: Food systems transformation in the Decade of Action

  • Date
    19.10.21 > 23.10.21
  • Time
    12:00 am > 12:00 am
  • Location

A hybrid convening of food system leaders and champions to explore partnerships and strengthen alliances in the fight against world hunger and malnutrition.

Date: Tuesday-Saturday, 19-23 October 2021

From 19 to 23 October, we celebrated WorldFish’s Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health Shakuntala Thilsted who was honored with the 2021 World Food Prize for her influential work on nutrition, fish, and aquatic food systems.

The award ceremony coincided with a series of Borlaug Dialogues, exploring actions to transform food systems to deliver improved nutrition, resilient ecosystems and secure livelihoods for millions of vulnerable people.

Along with Thilsted, WorldFish’s Director General Gareth Johnstone and other representatives joined an array of scientific experts, policy leaders, business executives and farmers to help build alliances and address global food and nutrition security across the globe.

Below is a list of Borlaug Dialogues with WorldFish participation.


Tuesday, 19 October 2021

  • Shakuntala Thilsted and Tana Lala-Pritchard joined the Roundtable Expert Discussion at the ‘Virtual Global Youth Institute (GYI)’ – Watch the recording
  •  Shakuntala Thilsted gave a Borlaug Lecture on ‘Aquatic foods for nourishing nations’ at the Iowa State University – Watch the recording
  • WorldFish hosted a Borlaug Dialogue on ‘Aquatic foods for healthy people and planet’ – Watch the recording
  • Shakuntala Thilsted joined a Feed the Future Fish Innovation Lab hosted Borlaug Dialogue on ‘Using fish to mitigate malnutrition’ – Watch the recording


Wednesday, 20 October 2021

  • Shakuntala Thilsted joined an Indo-American Association of Iowa’s hosted Borlaug Dialogue – Click here to learn more
  • Shakuntala Thilsted joined a FAO hosted Borlaug Dialogue on ‘Promoting more sustainable aquaculture and fisheries for improved global food and nutrition security’ – Click here to learn more
  • Arun Padiyar joined a Michigan University hosted Borlaug Dialogue on ‘Innovations in partnerships in global fisheries and aquaculture’ – Click here to learn more
  • CGIAR’s Claudia Sadoff joined a Roundtable Discussion on ‘Research and Innovations’ – Watch the recording


Thursday, 21 October 2021 

  • Shakuntala Thilsted joined the CGIAR & WFPF Partnership and 50th Anniversary event – Watch the recording
  • Gareth Johnstone joined a Roundtable Discussion on ‘Gender Equity & Equitable Livelihoods’ – Watch the recording
  • Shakuntala Thilsted joined a Spotlight session on ‘Advancing Women & Children Further Fast’ with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Director of Gender Equality Division, Anita Zaidi – Click here to learn more
  • Mohan Chadag joined a workshop on ‘Antimicrobial Resistance: Preventing the silent pandemic in food systems’ – Watch the recording


Friday, 22 October 2021 

  • Shakuntala Thilsted was awarded her 2021 World Food Prize at the Laureate Award Ceremony – Watch the recording
  • Shakuntala Thilsted joined a CGIAR hosted Borlaug Dialogue on ‘Research and innovation for a Decade of Action’ – Click here to learn more
  • Shakuntala Thilsted joined a Roundtable Discussion on ‘Nutrition-sensitive Food Systems’ – Watch the recording
  • Shakuntala Thilsted joined 2020 World Food Prize Laureate Rattan Lal and USAID’s Rob Bertram and Mike Michener in a conversation on ‘Nutrition & Climate Change’ – Watch the recording


Saturday, 23 October 2021 

  • CGIAR’s Kundhavi Kadiresan joined a Roundtable Discussion on ‘International Cooperation’ – Watch the recording
  • Shakuntala Thilsted joined the closing ceremony of the ‘Virtual Global Youth Institute (GYI)’ – Watch the recording


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