Past Events

  • Date: 
    April 8, 2010
    12:15 pm – 1:45 pm. You are invited to join us for a light lunch beginning at 11:45 am

    The New Politics of Food & Farming

    Presenter(s): 
    Speaker: Robert Paarlberg, Wellesley College; Commentator: Regina Birner, IFPRI; Chair: Rajul Pandya-Lorch, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

  • Date: 
    April 7, 2010
    2:00 - 3.30 pm

    Alleviating the worst of poverty with water, resilience and innovation

    Presenter(s): 
    Claudia Ringler, IFPRI Senior Research Fellow; Alain Vidal, Director, CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food; Larry Harrington, Research Director, CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food; Amanda Harding; Management Team member, CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) aims to increase the resilience of social and ecological systems through better water management for food production. In its second research phase, from 2009-2013, it focuses on key water-for-food development challenges within large river basins of key importance for smallholder water and food security.

  • Date: 
    April 6, 2010
    12:00 - 2:00 pm

    WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Support

    Political Economy, Experience and Prospects for the EU, US and Japan

    Presenter(s): 
    David Orden, IFPRI; Yoshihisa Godo, Meiji Gakuin University; Bob Young, American Farm Bureau Federation
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

  • Date: 
    March 22, 2010 - March 24, 2010

    Fostering Growth and Reducing Poverty and Hunger in Asia and Latin America

    Opportunities for Mutual Learning and Cooperation

    Location: 

    Swissotel, Lima, Peru

    An International Conference hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Universidad del Pacifico

  • Date: 
    March 4, 2010
    12:15 pm – 1:45 pm. You are invited to join us for a light lunch at beginning at 11:45 am

    Creating Shared Value: The New Concept of Corporate Social Responsibility

    Presenter(s): 
    Speaker: Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman, Nestlé S.A.; Chair: Klaus von Grebmer
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    In the context of the most recent economic downturn, the role of business in society has come under increasing scrutiny. Moreover, models of corporate engagement that are more philanthropically oriented have been subject to mounting pressure. This Policy Seminar proposes a new approach, which replaces the more traditional descriptions of “corporate social responsibility” with “Creating Shared Value” - a concept initially developed by Harvard’s Professor Michael Porter and championed by Nestlé, a global leader in Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company.

  • Date: 
    February 23, 2010
    12:15 – 1:45pm (lunch will be served at 11:45am)

    Inequalities and Conflict

    Choosing Policies for Peace

    Presenter(s): 
    Speaker: Frances Stewart; Commentator: Regina Birner
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    Violent conflict in multiethnic societies in the developing world is a pre-eminent problem of the 21st century. Horizontal inequalities among religious or ethnic groups, in political, social, economic or cultural dimensions, are an important catalyst of such conflicts. This seminar will identify policies to reduce such inequalities and discuss how to routinely incorporate them into the development agenda.

  • Date: 
    February 4, 2010
    12:30 -- 2:00 pm

    Better Rural Services through Decentralization?

    What are the Policy Options?

    Presenter(s): 
    Ehtisham Ahmad; Pranab Bardhan; James Manor; Dilip Mookherjee; Stephen N. Ndegwa. Opening Remarks: Shenggen Fan. Chairs: Regina Birner and Christian Henning
    Location: 

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

    A policy panel discussion in conjunction with the IFPRI-University of Kiel research workshop, “Inside the black box: The political economy of local governments and their role in rural development”

    Abstract

    Decentralization, by “bringing government closer to the people,” has a unique potential to improve the provision of public services, such as water, health, education, and agricultural extension, particularly in rural areas, which have long been neglected by central governments. Improving these services is crucial to reaching the Millennium Development Goals.

  • Date: 
    February 3, 2010 - February 4, 2010

    Inside the Black Box

    The political economy of local governments and their role in rural development

    Location: 

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

    Organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC and the University of Kiel (EU-E-VAL Project), Kiel, Germany

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  • Date: 
    January 29, 2010
    12:15 pm – 1:45 pm - Please join us for a light lunch beginning at 11:45 am

    Innovations for Insuring Poor People

    Presenter(s): 
    Panelists: Michael Carter, University of California, Davis; Lena Heron, USAID; Ruth Vargas Hill, IFPRI. Chair: Maximo Torero, Director, Markets, Trade and Institutions Division, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    Risk and poverty are inextricably linked. Poor people often live in environments characterized by high weather and disease risk, and it is poor households that have the fewest tools to deal with drought, floods, and disease when they occur. Breaking the link between risk and poverty by insuring poor people both lessens the affliction of poverty and allows poor people to participate in income growth.

  • Date: 
    January 19, 2010
    12:15 pm – 1:45 pm. Please join us for a light lunch beginning at 11:45 am

    Copenhagen and Beyond

    Three Perspectives on Agriculture and Climate Change

    Presenter(s): 
    Panelists: William Hohenstein, USDA; David Waskow, Oxfam America; Gerald Nelson, IFPRI; Chair: Mark Rosegrant, Director, Environment and Production Technology Division, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    The climate change negotiations in Copenhagen:

    A. failed miserably,
    B. were rescued at the last minute, or
    C. resulted in a promising set of new initiatives that will ultimately lead to a binding international treaty.

    William Hohenstein (USDA), David Waskow (Oxfam), and Gerald Nelson (IFPRI) will provide perspectives on which of these three outcomes ultimately prevailed, how to remove the brackets in the negotiating text, and what the future might hold for policies and programs for agricultural climate change adaptation and mitigation.