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WANDA Calls for a Food Bill of Rights at the Borlaug International Dialogue



Tambra Raye Stevenson Joins the Roundtable on Zeroing in on Health & Nutrition

in the Climate Era hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation



Des Moines, Iowa---In building momentum from the White House Conference on Hunger Nutrition and Health and recent NPR interview, WANDA calls for adopting a Food Bill of Rights as leaders convene at the World Food Prize Foundation’s 2022 Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue this week from October 18-20th in Iowa.


The World Food Prize Foundation's Borlaug Dialogue brings together thought leaders worldwide to address the pressing challenges that must be overcome to achieve food and nutrition security for all.


For WANDA, that means valuing people, the planet, and full participation in the global food economy. This year's featured speakers include WANDA’s CEO, Tambra Raye Stevenson who calls for the adoption of the Food Bill of Rights on the featured roundtable, “Zeroing in on Health & Nutrition in the Climate Era,” on Thursday, October 20, 2022.


Attendees can take action and sign the petition at iamwanda.org/foodbillofrights. “Now more than ever, we must double down on ensuring nutritious foods for all forms and that communities are driving and sustaining their local food economies and shaping their local food systems through civic participation and collective action. That’s why we call for a Food Bill of Rights that lays the foundation to inform current and future policies and key determinants of nutrition.”


Joining WANDA's CEO, additional roundtable speakers will provide insight to ensure nutritious foods are available, accessible, and affordable for all, which is vital to human health. Less nutrient-dense crops, zoonotic disease, and growing nutrition insecurity, threaten this global priority. To respond to these concerns, this session will focus on health and nutrition in the climate era.


Moderated by Dani Nierenberg, President of Food Tank, the additional panelists include:

  • Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director & 2018 World Food Prize Laureate at GAIN

  • Kristie Ebi, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at The University of Washington

  • Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, Research Program Leader & 2021 World Food Prize Laureate at WorldFish

  • Tambra Raye Stevenson, Founder & CEO, WANDA

  • Gunhild Stordalen, Founder & Executive Chair at EAT

  • Mahalingam Govindaraj, Senior Scientist of Crop Development at HarvestPlus, Alliance of Bioversity International & CIAT

  • Christine Campeau, Global Advocacy Director at CARE

  • Kahheetah Barnoskie, Agronomy Graduate Student at Lincoln & Pawnee Seed Preservation Society & University of Nebraska

  • Jennifer Crall, Global Head Partnerships at Bayer


Through the Borlaug Dialogue, the World Food Prize Foundation helps build alliances in the struggle against world hunger and malnutrition, exploring topics such as climate-smart agriculture, potential climate change impacts on food’s nutritional qualities, and just transitions on the path to Net Zero. The outcomes of these roundtables will help to shape actions at future programs. In addition to “Zeroing in on Health and Nutrition in the Climate Era,” the other roundtable themes this year include:


  • The Triple C’s (COVID, Conflict, Climate) and More: Shocks, Recovery, Regeneration,

  • and Rejuvenation

  • Financing and Investments for Climate Action and Food System Transformation

  • Pathways for a Just Transition: The Road to 1.5 degrees C in the Context of Zero Hunger by 2030

The triple threat of COVID-19, conflict and climate demands addressing the multiple challenges the global food system faces now and in the future. The event will address scalable solutions for adaptation and mitigation to limit planetary warming below 1.5° C and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Interested participants can register and join virtually at https://bit.ly/3aWPg3z.



About WANDA


Founded on International Women’s Day in 2016, Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA) is on a mission to build a movement of 1 million women and girls of African descent to lead as food sheroes through education, advocacy, and innovation. Based in Washington, DC WANDA is a Black women-led social justice 501c3 nonprofit organization composed of women leaders, advocates and entrepreneurs working to strengthen our families, communities, and economies by transforming our food system. We transform our lives and our families through #foodfortheculture. Learn more at http://iamwanda.org.



About the World Food Prize Foundation


The World Food Prize Foundation elevates innovations and inspires action to sustainably increase the quality, quantity and availability of food for all. The Foundation supports this through a variety of innovative programs year-round including by: recognizing and rewarding individuals making exceptional achievements in addressing food security; convening global leaders in Des Moines each year to address the latest issues and innovations in food and agriculture; inspiring, recognizing and empowering students around the world by providing educational and professional experiences on pressing food security and agriculture issues; and addressing Iowa's challenges and successes in fighting hunger and poverty.



The Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue, known informally as the "Borlaug Dialogue," each year brings together individuals from more than 65 countries to address cutting-edge issues related to global food security and nutrition. The gathering convenes a wide array of scientific experts, policy leaders, business executives and farmers and has been called "the premier conference in the world on global agriculture." Through the Borlaug Dialogue, the World Food Prize Foundation helps build alliances in the struggle against world hunger and malnutrition. For more information on the Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue, visit the FAQ or contact dialogues@worldfoodprize.org.


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