IFAMA 25TH ANNUAL 2015 WORLD FORUM & SYMPOSIUM
Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA | June 14 - 17, 2015
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Become the Solution: Food Security 2050 is a new initiative designed to engage the collective knowledge and experience of conference attendees in order to find strategic solutions to the complex issue of global food security. The overarching challenge facing humanity today is how to prepare ourselves to feed the 9 billion people who will inhabit the earth
in 2050. Under the umbrella of food security, the IFAMA 2015 conference examined three major themes:
People: Flow of Talent in the Food and Agribusiness Sector
2015 Forum Co-Chairs: Vincent Amanor-Boadu and Michael Boland
2015 Symposium Scientific Research Papers
Twenty First Century Careers in Food and Agriculture; No Longer Just Cows and Plows
The food and agriculture sector continues to battle age-old perceptions about what it means to have a career in agriculture. These perceptions remain so deep that food and agriculture careers remain off the radar for many students (and their parents) searching for meaningful, interesting and well-paying careers. This session will help attendees understand why the shortage exists, what is currently in place for addressing it and how we can elevate food and agriculture career options in the minds of parents and teens making important educational and career decisions. Participants will be invited and encouraged to actively participate in the discussion.
Speaker: Mary Kay Delvo, Director of Membership and Development, Minnesota AgriGrowth Council (Presentation)
Master of Ceremonies: Mary Shelman, Director, Agribusiness Program, Harvard Business School
Welcome: Thad Simons, President, IFAMA
A New Model: Raj Vardan, Vice President, Olam International
Keynote Address: Mary Bohman, Administrator, Economic Research Service, USDA
The future of ensuring global food security in the face of changing climate conditions is going to be driven by local production. Smallholder producers will become increasingly the center of attention as resource constraints tighten. And finding innovative approaches to promote linkages of smallholder farmers to local, regional and global agri-food chains will be critical in ensuring success of the 2050 Global Food Security Agenda. The panelists in this Roundtable explore the opportunities and the challenges of ensuring smallholders have effective market access. They will also challenge the audience to discover innovative processes that may be used to ensure market access for smallholder farmer once achieved is profitably sustainable.
Moderator: Eugenia Serova, Director of the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division, FAO
Recruitment and getting new employees onboard quickly has become critical for food economy firms. A low unemployment rate coupled with the ‘LinkedIn” phenomena and retirement of a cohort of employees has made these key issues for competitiveness. This Roundtable brings a number of industry leaders living with these challenges to explore how to develop effective onboarding solutions to ensure sustained competitiveness of organizations.
Moderator: Michael Boland, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Minnesota
From knowing where pests are emerging to how much fertilizer is required for a particular corn plant in the field; agricultural production is being transformed into a data-intense system that demands new knowledge and new skills. This Roundtable brings a panel that is deeply involved in the implementation of big data in agricultural production to explore the embedded opportunities to leverage. READ PANEL BIOS
Moderator: Eric Jackson, President-Ag Services, Conservis (Presentation)
Michael Boehlje, Purdue University (Presentation)
How can we ensure that the world’s farmers adopt safe and sustainable agricultural practices quickly enough to generate the needed volume of quality food within the earth’s limitations? Existing on-farm standards and assessments differing in requirement, scope, and means of verification result in increased cost, complexity and duplication for farmers. A number of initiatives seek alignment and harmonization, breaking down barriers to broad adoption of good agricultural practices. Discover from a panel of signatories themselves how one such initiative, the Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security through Good Agricultural Practices, stands to address these challenges to supporting safe and sustainable agriculture, and also the hurdles, which must be overcome to make a difference in the World of Standards. READ PANEL BIOS
Moderator: Kristian Moeller, CEO of FoodPLUS and President of GLOBALG.A.P. North America Inc. GLOBALG.A.P; and
Gregory Baker, Director, Food & Agribusiness Institute, Santa Clara University
In the 25 years since the International Agribusiness Management Association was founded changes in technology, globalization and climate have significantly impacted academia and industry. An association founded in 1990 operated in a profoundly different world. Today we enjoy connectivity and information that could not have been imagined. Global politics, population trends and economic growth in the developing world are changing the face of agribusiness. And new challenges of data management and climate change are driving the development and adaptation of new technologies. In this session IFAMA takes a brief look back and a long look forward at the organization's unique role as a nexus of industry, academia and young talent in a changing world. This interactive session taps the energy, perspective and curiosity of two bright young minds in agribusiness to lead a conversation with IFAMA's past and future leadership.
Moderator: Will Secor, PhD Student, University of Minnesota
The focus of this round-table session is on enhancing productivity through effective talent cultivation and management. The session will explore the current state of knowledge around effectiveness in developing the professional workforce (as opposed to labor) to optimize performance and take on increasing levels of responsibility and leadership. Each panelist brings a unique perspective to the discussion that will be highlighted in the session. The session will touch address the topics of performance management, talent development, leadership, succession, etc. READ PANEL BIOS
Moderator: Allan Gray, Land O'Lakes Chair for Food & Agribusiness and Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University; and,
Mike Gunderson Associate Director for Research, Center for Food and Agricultural Business, Purdue University
Business analytics includes the use of data collected in various supply chain activities – from consumers to logistics and distribution to manufacturing and input procurement. The panelists in this Roundtable will use several case studies examples of where such data has been used to improve competitiveness and explore the challenges and opportunities that emerging innovations in this area pose for the food manufacturers and retailers.
Moderator: Michael Boland, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Minnesota
There is a lot of hype about ‘big data’ from media, agricultural industry, and those who seek to sell tools and services. This Roundtable session challenges the unrealistic expectations and develops some sound realistic of how “big data” may enhance our industry’s capability to address the food security 2050 challenge.
Moderator: Terry Griffin, Kansas State University
The greatest challenge facing this generation will be feeding the 9 billion people that will populate the planet by 2050. The success of the green revolution in the 20th century has led to such improvements in efficiency such that less than 2% of the US population is farmers with a growing percentage of the population with no firsthand knowledge of where their food comes from. Yet more than 15% of the total U.S. workforce produce and process the U.S.’s food and fiber. According to the STEM Food & Ag council, there has been a 28.5% increase in university enrollment of students involved in the 6 major Agricultural STEM disciplines but demand continues to outpace supply. An aging workforce and record retirements of the baby boom generation exacerbate this shortage of agriculture STEM trained employees. The purpose of this roundtable is to engage in a discussion of the potential for public, private and policy maker collaborations to successfully engage and attract the next generation of STEM-educated leaders in agriculture capable of meeting the challenges of feeding the 9 billion.
Moderator: Chris Knight, Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Novus International
Luncheon Keynote: Michael Patrick, DuPont Pioneer
Michael Patrick is the Human Resources (HR) director for DuPont Pioneer. He joined DuPont in April 2012 as Human Resources director of Global Talent Acquisition and served as a member of senior HR leadership teams. Prior to joining DuPont, Michael was vice president - Staffing at Honeywell International, where he was responsible for leading the design and implementation of a global staffing Center of Excellence. Before that, he was director - Workforce Recruitment and Planning for Northrop Grumman Information Technology.
Michael holds an MBA from George Mason University, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Africa’s share of the global population in 2050 is projected to jump to 25% from its 2010 share of 15%. Africa will also experience the highest rate of urbanization. This means, Africa’s agriculture and food sector needs to discover innovative ways to leverage innovation and technology to ensure food security even as land and water resources become scarce in the face of climate change. This Roundtable explores the scientific, policy and education innovations that Africa and the world should be considering if Africa’s food security is going to be achieved by 2050 when it has nearly a billion people to feed.
Organized by: Ajuruchukwu Obi, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Fort Hare
Moderated by: Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Kansas State University
How should we be preparing the next generation of talent that will come into the food and agribusiness sector to ensure its ability to provide the world with the food it needs? This Roundtable session looks at the necessary changes and enhancements in the curricula and the pedagogies in our universities and colleges that would provide the food and agribusiness sector with the talent, skills and competences needed to be effective in feeding 9.2 billion people by 2050.
Moderator: Mary Shelman, Director, Agribusiness Program, Harvard Business School
The focus of this round-table is on improving efficiency, quality, timeliness, and safety through analysis of data. The session will explore the current state of “Big Data” with a focus on the analytics of the data rather than the collecting, storing, and managing aspects of Big Data. The session is less concerned with the amount of data being used and more concerned about how it is being used to improve company performance, supply chain performance, and supplier performance. This session will focus upstream from food manufacturing toward suppliers rather than downstream toward retailers and consumers. Topics will focus on enhancements in operations, logistics, business-to-business relationships, supply chain coordination, etc.
Moderator: Allan Gray, Land O'Lakes Chair for Food & Agribusiness and Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
Master of Ceremonies: Raj Vardan, Senior Vice President, Olam International
Transfer of Leadership: Thad Simons to Johan Van Rooyen, President, IFAMA