Special Event

Millions Fed - London

Nov 23, 2009 - 09:30 pm to 11:00 pm UTC

Hosted By the APPG Agriculture and Food for Development

Learning from successes in agricultural development is now more urgent than ever. Progress in feeding the world’s billions has slowed, while the challenge of feeding its future millions remains enormous and is subject to new uncertainties in the global food and agricultural systems.

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), with support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, embarked on a project to identify and assess interventions in agricultural development that have substantially reduced hunger and poverty; to document evidence about where, when, and why these interventions succeeded; to learn about the key drivers and factors underlying success; and to share lessons to help inform better agricultural policy and investment decisions in the future. Following a rigorous review process, the project ultimately identified 20 proven successes in agricultural development. This event will present what worked, why it worked, and what we can learn from these successes.

Camilla Toulmin is director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); David J. Spielman is research fellow in the Knowledge, Capacity, and Innovation Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Peter B. R. Hazell was formerly director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division at IFPRI and is now retired and living in the UK; Peter Roeder is an independent veterinary consultant specializing in control of transboundary animal diseases; Rajul Pandya‐Lorch is chief of staff in the Director General’s Office and head of the 2020 Vision Initiative at IFPRI; and Christie Peacock is chief executive of Farm Africa.

Complimentary copies of the booklet, Highlights of Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development, will be available at the event.