Past Events

  • Date: 
    September 26, 2014
    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.

    Innovations in Science and Policy

    Transforming the Rural Sector for Improved Food Security

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Gwendolyn Stansbury, Division Director, Communications and Knowledge Management Division, IFPRI | Speakers: Robert Bertram, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, USAID | Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI | Robert S. Zeigler, Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
    Location: 

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

    IFPRI-IRRI Policy Seminar

  • Date: 
    September 25, 2014

    The CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014

    Delivering solutions to realize the Sustainable Development Goals and Global Climate Agenda

    Presenter(s): 
    H.E. Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Republic of Nigeria; H.E. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal Minister of State for Environment, Peru and UNFCCC COP20 President; Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); Johan Rockström Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre; Frank Rijsberman Chief Executive Officer, CGIAR Consortium
    Location: 

    New York City at the Faculty House at Columbia University

    Abstract

    The year 2014 marks an historic opportunity to communicate the importance of research on sustainable agriculture to stakeholders involved in the climate change and development policy processes.

  • Date: 
    September 11, 2014
    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.

    Building Resilience in the Face of Climate Change and Weather Shocks

    Presenter(s): 
    Moderated by: Dan Glickman, Co-chair, Global Agricultural Development Initiative, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs | Panelists: Rachel Kyte, Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, The World Bank | Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University | Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI | John McDermott, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, IFPRI.
    Location: 

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

    As the food system grows more fragile, climate change and increasingly volatile weather are reducing agricultural productivity globally. There is an urgent need for strategies to build resilience for the world’s farmers to adapt to these changing conditions.

  • Date: 
    September 4, 2014
    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.

    Boserup and Beyond

    Mounting Land Pressures & Development Strategies in Africa

    Presenter(s): 
    Opening Remarks: Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI | Speakers: Derek Headey, Senior Research Fellow in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, IFPRI | Thomas Jayne, Professor, International Development Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University | Milu Muyanga, Assistant Professor, International Development Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University.
    Location: 

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

    Evidence collected in the above titled special issue of the journal Food Policy shows that rising rural population densities and shrinking farm sizes in large parts of Africa are profoundly affecting farming systems as well as the process of economic transformation. These impacts are largely under-appreciated in the current discourse on development issues in the region.

  • Date: 
    July 22, 2014
    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.

    CANCELLED: Tackling Soil Health Problems in Africa South of the Sahara

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Maximo Torero, Division Director, Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, IFPRI | Speakers: Tekalign Mamo, State Minister of Agriculture, Government of Ethiopia | Joshua Woodard, Assistant Professor & Zaitz Family Faculty Fellow, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University | Shahidur Rashid, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI | Closing Remarks: Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    The policy seminar scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, from 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm at IFPRI has been cancelled. We regret the inconvenience.

    Human health and soil health are related. Humans get nutrition from food; food gets nutrition from the soil. This linkage is critically important for food security and for the global food system. In much of Africa south of the Sahara, farmers are harvesting more nutrients from the soil than they are putting in. Both scientists and farmers lack information about soil types and missing soil nutrients.

  • Date: 
    July 16, 2014
    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.

    21st Century Agricultural Policies

    The 2013 EU CAP and 2014 US Farm Bill

    Presenter(s): 
    Welcome: Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Head 2020 Vision Initiative and Chief of Staff | Chair: Kim Elliott, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development | Speakers: Jean-Christophe Bureau, Professor, AgroParis Tech; Carl Zulauf, Professor, Ohio State University; David Orden, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI & Professor, Virginia Tech | Discussants: Shahid Rashid, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI; Vince Smith, Professor, Montana State University & Director of Agricultural Policy Research, American Enterprise Institute | Closing Remarks: Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI.
    Location: 

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

    With the 2013 EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the US Agricultural Act of 2014, two major actors in world markets with longstanding high levels of farm support have set their assistance programs for agriculture for the first fifth of the 21st century. They have chosen divergent paths.

  • Date: 
    June 18, 2014 - June 19, 2014

    Mechanization and Agricultural Transformation in Asia and Africa

    Sharing Development Experiences

    Location: 

    Beijing, China

    The International Food Policy Research Institute and The National School of Development at Peking University are jointly organizing a workshop on agricultural mechanization in Asia and Africa in Beijing.

  • Date: 
    June 11, 2014
    11:00 to 13:00 (CEST)

    Berlin Launch of IFPRI’s 2013 Global Food Policy Report

    Presenter(s): 
    Moderator: Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Head 2020 Vision Initiative and Chief of Staff, IFPRI | Speakers: Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI | Stefan Schmitz, Head of the Unit: "A world without hunger", Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) | Rafaël Schneider, Deputy Head of Policy and External Relations, German Agro Action | Tassilo Galitz, Senior Manager Public/Government Affairs Europe Crop Protection, BASF | Dirk Messner, Director of the German Development Institute (DIE) | Opening and closing remarks: Hans-Joachim Preuss, Managing Director, German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH
    Location: 

    Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
    Reichpietschufer 20
    10785 Berlin Germany

    Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI, will introduce the recent report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on Global Food and Development Policy (2013 Global Food Policy Report) in Germany. The report analyzes key trends and events of global food and development policies of the past year. He will highlight new research results and findings, and examine key challenges and opportunities. Additionally Shenggen will discuss a program of action for the coming years.

  • Date: 
    May 15, 2014 - May 17, 2014

    Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security

    IFPRI 2020 Conference

    Location: 

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    The IFPRI 2020 Conference, held May 15-17, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will bring together policymakers, practitioners, and scholars to discuss how resilience can be strengthened for food and nutrition security.

  • Date: 
    May 6, 2014
    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.

    A Post-Bali Food Security Agenda

    Presenter(s): 
    Welcome: Gwendolyn Stansbury, Division Director, Communications and Knowledge Management Division of IFPRI | Chair: H.S. Dillon, Indonesia's Presidential Special Envoy for Poverty Alleviation | Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI | Stefan Tangermann, Professor Emeritus, University of Gottingen, Germany | Marcelo Regunaga, Professor, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Former Secretary of Agriculture, Argentina) | David Laborde, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI | Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    Global food markets have turned their attention from demand to supply constraints. In this context, many governments face an acute need to address food security concerns, with some having improved their business models to encourage improved efficiencies while also being mindful of natural resource sustainability. The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Ninth Ministerial Conference, which was held last year in Bali, Indonesia, acknowledged that there are a number of options to improve food security that the WTO and the wider international community could consider.