- Rob Vos, director, Agricultural Development Economics (ESA), Economic and Social Development Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
- Daniel Gilligan, deputy division director of Poverty, Health, and Nutrition, IFPRI
- Katrin Park, division director, Communications and Knowledge Management, IFPRI
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on reducing poverty have been met by many countries, yet many others lag behind and the post-2015 challenge will be the full eradication of poverty and hunger. Many developing countries increasingly recognize that social protection measures are needed to relieve the immediate deprivation of people living in poverty and to prevent others from falling into poverty when a crisis strikes.
Rob Vos will share highlights of The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2015 making the case that social protection measures will help break the cycle of rural poverty and vulnerability, when combined with broader agricultural and rural development measures.