May 24, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

230 South LaSalle Street

Chicago, IL 60604

REGISTER:  Global Midwest Alliance - Gleaning 2.0: Reducing Food Waste for a Food Insecure Planet


Global Midwest Alliance invites you to its first program in the Alliance's 2017 Innovation, Growth and Globalization Industry-Focused Series. Past food industry programs have focused on food safety, policy changes, science-based opportunities, global food production and sustainability, and food supply chain management in an era of transparency.


Food waste occurs along the entire supply chain from farm fields and animals to harvest, while in transit, storage, production, distribution and even consumption. Juxtaposed with these major losses that occur in food supplies through waste, the world faces a growing population where enormous problems exist in malnutrition along with the very real threat of greater food insecurity in the near future. Yet, this situation offers many innovative opportunities for businesses to create value, develop new technologies and uses for food waste, and provide additional jobs across the Midwest and around the globe. Through innovation and imagination, firms can provide sustainable solutions that will help feed the world.


Global Midwest Alliance will explore these themes on May 24 during this exciting morning program at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The program will feature a keynote speaker from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a group leading the charge in the U.S. to reduce food waste. We will present two panel discussions with distinguished speakers from across the supply chain, including a panel that will address the role of innovation, both within firms and across sectors, in reducing food waste. Another panel discussion will focus on opportunities for business growth and global openings to meet worldwide needs through reduction of food waste and promotion of sustainable practices.  


Join the Global Midwest Alliance and network with leaders from industry, government and other organizations as we pursue solutions to the food waste challenges facing the world.  For more information about food waste and efforts to overcome its impacts on the world, please visit these websites: or


The cost to attend this industry breakfast program is $95 per person, payable at the time of registration. Seats are limited.  Please REGISTER on or before May 22, 2017.  For more information, visit




8:00 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast and Qualified Introductions

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks


8:45 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: Top Five Innovations to Reduce Food Loss and Waste in the 21st Century

Elise Golan, Ph.D., Director for Sustainable Development, Office of the Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture


9:15 a.m.
Innovation and Technology Panel


10:15 a.m.

Networking and Coffee Break

10:30 a.m.
Growth and Global Opportunities Panel

11:30 a.m.
Questions and Closing Remarks



Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally recognized leader in innovation and business growth.  The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT.  Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business.  The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries.


The World Bank Private Sector Liaison Office (PSLO) network is a group of 160 business intermediary organizations in 107 countries around the world working to foster trade and investment between countries with the support of the World Bank Group’s products and services. PSLOs facilitate private sector access to World Bank Group business opportunities, services and knowledge, and act as the voice of the private sector in advising the World Bank Group on how to better engage companies on development issues.