The State of Food & Agriculture 2012

Investing in Agriculture for a Better Future

Date: 
January 22, 2013
Time: 
12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EDT (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time

Presenter(s): 
Chair: Shenggen Fan, Director General IFPRI; Speakers: Sarah Lowder, Economist, FAO; Michele McNabb, President, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa; Tewodaj Mogues, Research Fellow, IFPRI; Keith Wiebe, Deputy Director of the Agricultural Development Economics Division, FAO.
Contact/RSVP: 

RSVP to Simone Hill-Lee - s.hill-lee@cgiar.org, 202-862-8107

Location: 

International Food Policy Research Institute
2033 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
Fourth Floor Conference Facility

US Launch of The State of Food and Agriculture 2012, hosted by The International Food Policy Research Institute, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa

Quantity or quality? When it comes to investment in agriculture, a growing number of development experts vote for the latter. While the conventional approach to reducing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition has long been investing more, new evidence shows that targeted, fully informed investment works better, according to the latest edition of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) annual flagship report, The State of Food and Agriculture 2012: Investing in Agriculture for a Better Future. The report was launched in Rome in December, and IFPRI, FAO, and the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa are pleased to host the U.S. launch of this important publication.

Keith Wiebe and Sarah Lowder will provide a general overview of the report. Tewodaj Mogues, will present background work on the impacts and political economy drivers of public investments in agriculture. Michele McNabb will discuss models for inclusive and responsible investment in smallholder farming.