Policy Seminar

Innovations in Science and Policy

Transforming the Rural Sector for Improved Food Security
Sep 26, 2014 - 12:15 pm to 01:45 pm UTC

Transforming the Rural Sector for Improved Food Security

IFPRI-IRRI Policy Seminar

While food price shocks from 2007 onward brought food security back to center stage in global discussions, climate-related challenges affecting major food-producing areas—such as the rice sector in Asia—are likely to keep it there. At the same time, powerful social and economic drivers are transforming the nature of agriculture in developing countries. The challenge of producing more with less will require innovations in agricultural science and technology, as well as related policy innovations, to improve food security, promote sustainable rural development, and reduce poverty.

Join us as Robert S. Zeigler, Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), discusses the scientific advances that will impact the future of global rice supplies; Robert Bertram, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, USAID, discusses the Bureau’s science agenda and the role of innovation within the Feed the Future initiative; and Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI, offers his perspectives on the role of policy and institutional innovations in feeding the world and transforming the rural sector.