The Chair of the Food Forever Initiative and Vice President of Peru, HE Mercedes Araoz, had her first public engagement as Chair of the Initiative during the 2018 World Food Prize in Des Moines.
Her active participation in one of the largest food-related fora in the world started with a keynote speech about the importance of agricultural biodiversity in a side event organised by Corteva Agriscience, partner organization of Food Forever. Following this, the Vice President gave a welcome address at the inauguration ceremony of the Borlaug Dialogue, the central venue of the event and the platform where the most important people in the food and agriculture communities gather to showcase success stories, discuss pressing issues and find common ground to develop an integrated working agenda towards Zero Hunger before 2030.
Her Keynote Address during the third day of the Borlaug Dialogue coincided with World Food Day. During her 20-minute speech, the Vice President reflected on the first year of the Food Forever initiative, its main accomplishments and points of improvement, and sent a call to action to the audience of over 1,200 people, comprised of young students from leading universities such as Cornell, Marquette and Purdue. That same evening, the Vice President gave a short address to a group of young agriculture and food science university students in the Hall of Laureates, as a part of the World Food Prize Global Youth Engagement Program, before joining the rest of the high-level guests at the magnificent Iowa State Capitol, for the Laureate Ceremony that recognised the groundbreaking work of laureates Dr. David Nabarro and Dr. Laurence Haddad.