Past Events

  • 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.

  • Date: 
    January 12, 2010
    11.00 am – 12.00 pm

    Millions Fed - Seattle

    Presenter(s): 
    Prabhu Pingali, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; David Spielman, IFPRI; Rajul Pandya-Lorch, IFPRI
    Location: 

    Seattle, Washington

  • Date: 
    December 11, 2009
    16:30-18:00

    Synergies between agricultural mitigation and adaptation to climate change

    East African experience

    Presenter(s): 
    Claudia Ringler, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI; Glwadys Aymone Gbetibouo, Center for Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis, University of Pretoria
    Location: 

    Liva Weel room, Bella Center, COP-15
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    COP-15 Side Event

    Adaptive capacity for African farmers is low due to dependence on rainfed agriculture and poverty. Policymakers and researchers from Ethiopia and Kenya will discuss adaptation strategies sought and the potential for incorporating mitigation in agriculture into climate negotiations.

    Food and drink will be served at the event.

  • Date: 
    December 3, 2009
    12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

    The Financial and Economic Crash of 2008 and its Impact on Food and Agriculture in Developing Countries

    Presenter(s): 
    Ross Garnaut; Ousmane Badiane; Justin Lin; Shenggen Fan. Chair: Joachim von Braun.
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    The financial and economic crash of 2008 was immediately succeeded by a global recession that is leading to significant paradigm shifts in the global policy agenda. It has slowed, and in some cases reversed, the progress in output growth, trade, foreign investments, and poverty and hunger reduction. Moreover, the financial crisis emerged on the shoulders of the preceding fuel and food price crises that already exacerbated the vulnerability of the poor and hungry people in developing countries.

  • Date: 
    November 25, 2009
    09:30 – 13:30

    Millions Fed - Addis Ababa

    Presenter(s): 
    Dr. Hakim Elwaer (African Union Commission) – Opening and Closing Remarks; Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere (IFPRI) -- Welcome remarks; David Spielman (IFPRI) -- Overview; Rajul Pandya-Lorch (IFPRI) -- Lessons Learned; Hon. Ato Tefera Derebew, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ethiopia -- Keynote address
    Location: 

    Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa

    Abstract

    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.

  • Date: 
    November 23, 2009
    4.30 pm – 6.00 pm. Followed by Reception

    Millions Fed - London

    Presenter(s): 
    Camilla Toulmin – Introductory Remarks; David J. Spielman – Overview; Peter B. R. Hazell – The Green Revolution; Peter Roeder – Eradicating Rinderpest; Rajul Pandya‐Lorch – Lessons Learned; Christie Peacock – Reflections on Implications
    Location: 

    Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Room
    (Just Off Westminster Hall)
    Houses of Parliament
    London SW1A 0AA

    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.

  • Date: 
    November 19, 2009
    12:15 pm – 1:45 pm A light lunch will be available at 11:45 am

    Global Hunger Index: Reducing Gender Inequality, Reducing Hunger

    Presenter(s): 
    Klaus von Grebmer, IFPRI; Agnes Quisumbing, IFPRI; Cheryl Morden, IFAD
    Location: 

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

    Abstract