2021 D.W. Brooks Awards Lecture

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at 3:30 p.m.


The D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards

How science, technology and innovation can accelerate the transformation of our agri-food systems 

For decades, humanity has struggled to end hunger and poverty and now the numbers are marching up. Where does science, innovation and technology fit in to the struggle to achieve zero hunger once and for all? How has this challenge of producing more food changed since COVID-19? How has e-agriculture advanced how we produce and consume our food and changed the face of farming around the world? More importantly, how do we get these scientific and technological innovations to the most under-resourced farmers?

These and more questions will be answered during a dynamic and interactive talk by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Chief Scientist Ismahane Elouafi at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 2.


Ismahane Elouafi, chief scientist of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

Ismahane Elouafi is the first chief scientist of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, a new position created within FAO’s core leadership structure.

She has nearly two decades of experience in agricultural research and development in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. She is internationally known for her work promoting neglected and underutilized crops, using non-fresh water in agriculture, and empowering women in science.

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Ismahane Elouafi


Dr. Ismahane Elouafi

Event Contact:

Regina Fitzpatrick Director of External Affairs
Dean and Directors Office
About the Lecture and Awards
The D.W. Brooks Lecture is named for the late D.W. Brooks, founder of Gold Kist, Inc. Brooks started Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies in 1941. He advised seven U.S. presidents on farm and trade issues. Among his many honors, he was the first inductee into the University of Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame. CAES hosts the annual lecture series and faculty awards for excellence celebration in his memory.
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