August 21, 2015

Dordt College will host Global Agriculture Summit 2016

What does it mean to “feed the world and end poverty”?

In March 2016, Dordt College, Partners Worldwide, the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service, and World Renew are bringing together an international group of leaders from the fields of agriculture, business, community development, and the Christian academy for an intensive two-day Global Agriculture Summit on how Christians, farmers, and NGOs can work together to restore our world. Attendees will connect, become equipped and organize to take action as they focus on alleviating hunger and poverty.

summit-2016-logo-text-transp“The summit is a common vision of Dordt College and Partners Worldwide leaders. Together the co-hosts of the summit will use their common passions and expertise in agriculture and business in service to God to further alleviate poverty and hunger” said Dordt College agriculture professor and summit coordinator, Dick Joerger. “We’re combining our efforts, assets, and skills to bring together people who are called and determined to really make a difference in the world.”

David Beckmann, World Food Prize laureate and president of Bread for the World, will be one of the conference keynote speakers.

Providing the latest best practices in everything from agricultural production and marketing to sustainable community development and the theology of food, the summit will equip people to grow their communities and connect those with a passion to heal our world with those who can help turn that passion into reality. Above all, it will inspire all who attend with the firm truth of the Gospel: that Christ is restoring the whole of creation and has invited us to join him in that work.

“We believe that business and agriculture are essential partners to end poverty,” said Roxanne De Graaf, Partners Worldwide’s director of strategic initiatives, and summit coordinator. “This conference is a way for us to combine our resources and get leaders in this area together in one place to create connections and inspiration for change.”

This will be the biggest international gathering of Christian agriculturists, community developers, businesspeople, and NGOs in the world. But these leaders are not traveling around the world just to talk—they are coming to make connections, establish partnerships, and nurture relationships that result in action.

Be part of this inaugural summit to work toward using the resources of agriculture to build flourishing, vibrant communities around the world.

Find out more about the Global Agriculture Summit at Interested presenters can submit a proposal to lead a workshop or seminar at, and online registration will open in the fall. For information about sponsoring the summit, and for additional information about the conference and its partners, please check the event website.

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