Fostering Growth and Reducing Poverty and Hunger in Asia and Latin America

Opportunities for Mutual Learning and Cooperation

March 22, 2010 - March 24, 2010

Swissotel, Lima, Peru

An International Conference hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Universidad del Pacifico

Asia and Latin America have made great strides in economic development during the last 30 to 40 years, thanks to bold and innovative reforms. However, both regions still face great development challenges. Poverty, inequality, and food insecurity still persist. There is a tremendous opportunity for mutual learning between these two regions that could accelerate broad-based economic growth and catalyze further reductions in poverty and hunger in both regions.

This conference will allow policymakers, development practitioners, and researchers from both regions to discuss how and why certain development policy innovations worked or didn’t work in Asia and Latin America and to identify key lessons to apply in their countries and regions.

Opening Reception, March 22, 6-9 pm

Keynote Addresses

  • Liliana Rojas-Suarez, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, USA
  • Mohamad Ikhsan, Special Advisor to Vice President, Indonesia
  • Piero Ghezzi, Managing Director and Head of Economics and Emerging Markets Research, Barclays Capital, UK

Opening Remarks

  • Felipe Portocarrero, Rector, Universidad del Pacifico
  • Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI

Chair: Maximo Torero, Director, Markets, Trade and Institutions Division, IFPRI

Research Conference, March 23-24

Background Paper and Discussion Topics

  • Setting the Context
  • Macro Policies and Agriculture
  • Overall Growth Strategies
  • Agricultural Development Strategies
  • Social Protection
  • Trade and Investment
  • Learning Lessons and Looking Forward