• The CEOs of many of the world’s major agribusiness companies: DuPont, Elanco, Kemin Industries, Monsanto, Novus International and Syngenta; and
• Researchers, non-profit leaders and smallholder farmers from around the globe.
DeVore presented a paper on the theme, “Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime: A Call to Action” and participated in roundtable discussions with experts in industry, science, academia and policy. Research for the paper focused on major issues in global agriculture, development and food security in developing countries. Participants also helped with a hands-on service project packaging meals for Outreach International, a hunger-fighting organization that serves people in Iowa and abroad, toured an Iowa farm and took part in an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to experience the realities of global hunger and poverty.
Created by Dr. Norman Borlaug and Iowa businessman John Ruan in 1994, the Global Youth Institute today receives major support from Clay Mathile and the Mathile Institute for the Advancement of Human Nutrition. The program was developed to challenge and inspire participating student-teacher teams to identify ways of alleviating hunger and to expose the students to opportunities and careers in food, agriculture and natural resource discipline.
At the Global Youth Institute, DeVore interacted with students and teachers from Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as Bangladesh, China, Mexico, Nigeria, Turkey and South Africa.