Doctoral Candidate Susan Karimiha Speaks at The 2019 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue

Susan Karimiha at the 2019 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa


Des Moines, IA - LSU School of Leadership and Human Resource Development doctoral candidate, Susan Karimiha, recently spoke on a panel about agriculture as peacebuilding in post-conflict settings in Latin America as part of the 2019 World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa. The panel was co-hosted by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) and the International Agriculture Section of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

The panel was focused on post-conflict reconstruction and agriculture as a peacebuilding tool.  Susan spoke about data from her dissertation interviews which suggested that when farmer’s feelings of trust and safety are affected, the job performance of farmers is impacted by causing people to abandon farms, alter their work hours or fear leaving their homes, or by impacting their motivation.

Susan described speaking on the panel at the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue as a growth opportunity.

“I learned a lot from the questions and comments from people who listened to the panel, and my co-panelists who spoke about agriculture in South Africa and Rwanda, which allows me to grow as a professional. Also, I was able to expand my network and build relationships at the dialogue.” 

Faculty and students in the LSU School of Leadership and Human Resource Development research a variety of topics related to leadership and human resource development challenges throughout the world.

About the 2019 Borlaug Dialogue  and the World Food Prize

The Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium, known informally as the "Borlaug Dialogue," each year brings together over 1,200 people from more than 65 countries to address cutting-edge issues related to global food security and nutrition. The three-day conference 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. The 2019 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium will once again convene an exceptional array of distinguished international leaders, farmers, agribusiness executives, scientists, non-governmental organizations, and development experts to address the most critical issues facing global food security. The theme for the 2019 Symposium, “Pax Agricultura: Peace Through Agriculture,” will address the increasingly intersectional issues of food security, conflict and development. With topics ranging from religion, diplomacy, climate, scientific innovation, and corporate leadership, this year’s Dialogue will serve as an opportunity to take stock of the current state of global agriculture and food security.

The World Food Prize is the foremost international honor recognizing -- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs -- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The World Food Prize has become a week-long set of events drawing over 1,000 participants from over 50 countries. In addition to the Laureate Award Ceremony, the World Food Prize series of events include the: Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium; Global Youth Institute for high school students; Iowa Hunger Summit; Laureate Lecture Series; and presentation of the Dr. Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation.

About the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development

The LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) offers programs dedicated to producing world-class practitioners, leaders, and instructors in human resource and leadership development. The BS, MS, PhD, and certificate programs are designed to develop the leadership, planning, analytical, problem solving, and change management capabilities that today's globalized organizations need to be successful. Additionally, SLHRD also offers two master’s programs and a certificate program, of which are 100% online. The School is housed within the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

About the College of Human Sciences & Education

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.


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