National Hog Farmer

Gates Foundation Expert Dr. Gregg BeVier to Address Role of Agriculture and Veterinarians in Combating World Hunger

When: Tuesday, September 21, at noon

Where: RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota (see map below)

Event is free and open to the public!

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Join us at the first ever Distinguished Lecture held in conjunction with the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine’s 37th annual Allen D. Leman Swine Conference. Dr. Gregg BeVier, senior program officer of agricultural development for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will present “Bringing Prosperity to the Smallholder African Farmer through Livestock.”

Over two billion people on the planet earn less than $2 a day, and 80 percent of the global population earns less than $10 a day. This type of abject poverty leads to a difficult cycle of under-nutrition, poor health care, and inadequate educational opportunities. Veterinarians who specialize in agriculture and food systems can play a key role in helping developing nations rise from poverty.

During his lecture, BeVier will address world poverty and hunger, solutions to hunger, and world food systems through the use of business case studies. As seen with many developing nations, a rapid rise from poverty is virtually impossible without first increasing agricultural productivity. Veterinarians who specialize in agriculture and food systems are essential in building poverty stricken countries. BeVier will touch on development of capable, sustainable food systems within the context of animal welfare, ecosystem health, sustainability, cost, and One Health—an international effort to forge collaborations between physicians, veterinarians, and other health-related disciplines.

About BeVier

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation in 2009, BeVier had 27 years of experience as a business executive, managing an international genetics business, an integrated livestock operation (Premium Standard Farms), and a division of a global animal health business for Merial. He earned his D.V.M. and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois.

Background on the Allen D. Leman Conference

Dr. Allen D. Leman was a veterinarian who, along with Dr. Jim Hanson created this conference to bring swine veterinarians, producers, research scientists, industry experts, government officials, and leading producers from around the world together to share their ideas and collaborate. During the event, experts share and learn about topics ranging from swine diseases to production to consumer issues through trade show and scientific poster exhibits. This year’s conference will be held September 18 – 21.