October 18, 2019 Amb. Kenneth Quinn
In October 2019, at the final Borlaug Symposium Session that he ever organized, Ambassador Quinn gathered an array of distinguished international experts to discuss critical global food security issues and their impact on national security. Participating were: Dr. Shenggen Fan, the Director of IFPRY from China, John Negroponte, the former U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Dr. Ismail Serageldin of Egypt and Josette Sheeran, the President of the Asian Society and former Executive Director of the World Food Programme. In a riveting discussion moderated by Ambassador Quinn, the panelists outlined the two central issues that will dramatically impact Global Food Security as the world population approaches 9 billion. Those issues are: climate change and the US-China bilateral relationship. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Quinn referred to the theme of the 2019 Borlaug Dialogue-- Pax Agricultura, Peace through Agriculture. He noted that the international community's ability to sustainably produce and distribute enough nutritious food to feed 9 to 10 billion people, would depend on several key factors including preventing conflict and dealing with other global destabilizing issues such as, diseases and sars which can jump from animals to humans, thus foreshadowing the Corona Virus outbreak of 2020.