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Saturday, March 9 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Food Security = World Security

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With the world’s population set to reach 9.2 billion by 2050, global food production will have to increase 70 percent to meet the higher demand. Food shortages and a dearth of economic opportunities can exacerbate or prolong conflict, while conflict serves as a disincentive to investment and enterprise development. This session will highlight how Land O’Lakes’ USAID-funded programs in Kenya and Sri Lanka have helped communities move forward from conflict, by facilitating the development of market-driven dairy value chains that work through inclusive cooperative structures.

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Jon Halverson

Vice President of International Development, Land O'Lakes
Jon Halverson has 20 years of experience managing international business development, developing sustainable business, and leading executive strategy teams. In Africa, he successfully spearheaded some 70 food and agriculture investments and led a business development process that generated $38 million in sales. In 2009, Jon founded Africa Middle Market Fund and Frontier Markets Consulting.

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Mary Munene

Value Chain Coordinator, Land O'Lakes International Development
Mary Munene serves as the acting Chief of Party for the USAID Kenya Dairy Sector Competitiveness Project (KDSCP), which is implemented by Land O'Lakes International Development. A native of Kenya, Mary has more than 25 years of value chain expertise, and business and cooperative development experience. She is a tireless mobilizer who champions the business development service approach to effectively engage all actors along the value chain... Read More →
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Lakshitha Saji Prelis

Director for Children & Youth Programs, Search for Common Ground
Lakshitha Saji Prelis is the Director for Children & Youth Programs at Search for Common Ground (SFCG). He has over 20 years’ experience working in various conflict and transition environments in Africa and Asia, with a focus on youth. Prior to joining SFCG, Mr. Prelis was the founding director of the Peace-building & Development Institute at American University, and its satellite Peace-building Institute in Sri Lanka.
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Abdul Raheem Masthan Mohamed Saifullah

Founder and Director, Kinniya Vision
Mr. Saifullah established Kinniya Vision in 1996 with the aim of supporting poor, marginalized, war-affected families in Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee district. Through Land O’Lakes International Development’s USAID-funded Dairy Enhancement in Eastern Province program, Mr. Saifullah led trainings for community members on conflict resolution, gender sensitivity and business planning.

Saturday March 9, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Music Building: Sateren Auditorium, Augsburg

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