2011 Globale Farmer Tavola rotonda

Ottobre 11-12, 2011 – Des Moines, Iowa USA


  • Dr. Robert ThompsonVisiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University, SR. Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois.


  • Australia – Heather Baldock
  • Australia – Jeff Bidstrup
  • BrasileRichard Dijkstra
  • EgittoSalah Hegazy
  • GhanaAnthony Botchway
  • HondurasIsidro Matamoros
  • IndiaVijay Kapoor
  • Kenia – Gilbert Arap Bor (2011 Kleckner Commercio & Tecnologia Advancement Award)
  • MessicoFranciso Gurria
  • SveziaOtto von Arnold
  • Stati Uniti, Iowa – Dean Kleckner, Chairman TATT
  • Stati Uniti, Missouri Mike Geske
  • Stati Uniti, Il Dakota del sudLaura Nielson


Agricultural producers representing ten countries from five continents gathered in Des Moines, Iowa USA during the two-day 2011 Globale Farmer Tavola rotonda. The event hosted by Truth About Trade & Tecnologia (TATT) was held October 11-12. Joining the farmers for the first day of events and the discussion moderated by Dr. Robert Thompson were agricultural ministers and media from several African nations.

The Global Farmer Roundtable was conducted during the week of The World Food Prize Symposium (Ottobre 12-14) which allowed the dozen farmers attending to also take part in the Borlaug Dialogue, Laureate Award Ceremony, and other side events held during the week.

“It was exciting to have another high caliber discussion with the individuals who were invited this year,” said Mary Boote, executive director of Truth about Trade and Technology (TATT). TATT, an NGO that promotes free trade and agricultural biotechnology through farmer-led educational initiatives, organizes and hosts the Roundtable.

Boote pointed out that this year’s participating farmers join an exisiting network of over 80 farmers from more than 50 countries who have taken part in a Roundtable discussion during the past six years. The first Global Farmer Roundtable was held in 2006.

Gilbert arap Bor from Kenya was the 2011 recipient of the Kleckner Trade and Technology Advancement Award for his willingness to speak out on behalf of developing world farmers whose voice often goes unheard. Bor draws from personal experience, sapendo che cosa è come sbarcare il lunario in un mondo in via di sviluppo. He has seen first-hand how other farmers around the world have access to technologies like biotechnology that allow them to be more economically viable and more productive than all other forms of farming now practiced in Kenya.

“Kenyan farmers must participate in the global economy by embracing and using new technologies, including those concerned with seed development. They must not be left behind by political talk, “said Bor. “They should be participating in producing enough food for their people’s consumption, among other crops that improve their economy.”

Bor was presented the award on October 11 following a dinner event. The gathering was also addressed by Jose W. Fernandez, USA. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, and with a keynote address given by Professor Calestous Juma of Harvard University.

Fernandez’s, whose remarks can be read here, talked in part about the need for putting regulatory systems in place to help facilitate trade and “pave the way for the greater use of biotechnology”. Juma ha dichiarato that farmers should be given the choice to use technology which can transform their lives, and that unfortunately much of the discussion on biotechnology in Africa has focused on risk instead of benefits.

Photos from the Global Farmer Roundtable can be found at TATT’s Media Center / Photo Album or on TATT’s Facebook page.

Read commentaries written by some of the farmers who have participated in the RoundtableTATT Guest Commentary.

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Dean Kleckner

Dean Kleckner (1932-2015) was Chairman Emeritus of Truth About Trade & Tecnologia (TATT). Sig.. Kleckner presieduta come il Presidente dell'organizzazione da 2000 a 2012, prima della quale ha servito sette termini di due anni come Presidente della American Farm Bureau Federazione. Prima di diventare presidente AFBF, è stato Presidente di Iowa Farm Bureau per dieci anni. Ha servito sul Consiglio dell'ufficio americano Farm di amministrazione durante quel tempo. Come un forte sostenitore del protezionismo ridotta e più libero commercio in tutto il mondo, Sig.. Kleckner era il contadino solo su Stati Uniti. team consultivo per i negoziati GATT quando hanno cominciato a settembre 1986 in Uruguay. Sig.. Kleckner servito su Stati Uniti. Comitato consultivo del commercio, nominato dal Presidente Reagan primo, riconfermato dal Presidente Bush, e riconfermato due volte dal Presidente Clinton. In quel ruolo, ha frequentato riunioni di organizzazione mondiale del commercio in Canada, Singapore, Bruxelles, Geneva, Cancun e Hong Kong. Durante la sua carriera di agricoltura, Sig.. Kleckner generato mais, semi di soia e maiali su una 350 azienda agricola di famiglia acri vicino a Rudd, Iowa.

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