Special Event

Food Security and Nutrition in an Urbanizing World

Jun 6, 2017 - 09:00 am to 05:30 pm CEST

Hyper-urbanization and its implications for food security and nutrition in urban and rural areas is an urgent concern that has gained increasing attention over the years. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), SNV Netherlands Development Organization, and Welthungerhilfe are jointly organizing a one-day event in Brussels on the eve of the European Development Days to explore the challenges and opportunities of urbanization from a variety of perspectives. Discussions will focus on disentangling myths about urban food security, rethinking informal markets, innovations and investments in rural-urban linkages, and sharing lessons learned from cases studies in Cambodia, Kenya, and Nepal. 


Master of Ceremony
Teunis van Rheenen, Head of Partnerships and Business Development, (IFPRI)

9:00 - 9:30 am

Coffee and Registration

9:30 - 9:45 am

Opening Session

Roberto Ridolfi, Director, Sustainable Growth and Development, DG DEVCO, European Commission (EC)

9:45 - 10:25 am

Keynote Interview on International Responses to Urbanization

• Morgane Danielou, Vice President of Operations, Emerging Ag
• Brave Ndisale, Deputy Director, Social Protection Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (TBC)
• Gerda Verburg, Coordinator, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement

10:25 - 10:55 am

Launching the 2017 Global Food Policy Report

Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI
Regina Birner, Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development, University of Hohenheim

10:55 - 11:15 am

Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:15 pm

Disentangling selected myths on urban food security

Chair: Till Wahnbaeck, Chief Executive Officer, Welthungerhilfe
• "Urban-rural linkages and multi-locational household livelihoods" Einhard Schmidt-Kallert, Technical University Dortmund
• "The urbanization experience in Zimbabwe: A closer look at challenges and opportunities"
Rodney Mushongachiware, Agricultural Partnership Trust

12:15 - 13:15 pm


For the complete agenda, please access the link below. For any questions, please contact Jenna Ferguson, j.ferguson@cgiar.org