Past Events

  • Date: 
    October 5, 2009
    12:15 – 1:45 P.M. A light lunch will begin at 11:45 a.m.

    Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change in the Developing World: What will it Cost?

    Presenter(s): 
    Speaker: Gerald Nelson, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI; Commentator: David Waskow, Director, Climate Change Program, Oxfam America; Chair: Mark Rosegrant, Division Director, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

  • Date: 
    September 29, 2009
    9:00 - 11:00

    Understanding WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Domestic Support

    WTO Public Forum 2009 - Session 12

    Location: 

    Geneva, Switzerland

    Organized by: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

    Abstract

    Formulating new rules for agricultural domestic support to reduce international market distortions remains one of the critical challenges facing the multilateral trade system. High food prices in 2008, although dampened by subsequent global developments, brought renewed attention to domestic support in a different way: how can agriculture be strengthened to meet future food demand and environmental goals?

    The presenters and discussants will focus on four issues:

  • Date: 
    September 15, 2009
    12.15 pm – 1.45 pm; Lunch served from 11.45 am, panel begins at 12.15 pm

    Regional Inequality and Harmonious Development in China

    Presenter(s): 
    Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University; Carl Riskin, Columbia University; Xiaobo Zhang, IFPRI; Shenggen Fan, IFPRI; Chair: Joachim von Braun
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    China’s spectacular achievements in economic growth and poverty reduction have been accompanied by growing inequality, which not only jeopardizes its equitable development goals but also threatens its social compact and thus, the political basis for future economic growth. Chinese policymakers and scholars are questioning this growth pattern and have launched reviews and policy initiatives to address the issues.

  • Date: 
    September 1, 2009
    12:15–1:45p.m. Lunch will be served at 11:45am

    School Feeding Programs: Evidence and Policy Lessons

    Presenter(s): 
    Harold Alderman (World Bank); Don Bundy (World Bank); Dan Gilligan (IFPRI); Chair: Joachim von Braun
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

  • Date: 
    August 12, 2009
    12:15–1:45 pm. Lunch will be served at 11:45am.

    Pakistan: A Crisis within the Crises

    Internally Displaced Persons of the Swat and Buner Districts

    Presenter(s): 
    Sohail Jehangir Malik, Nadeem Ul Haque, John Mellor; Chair: Joachim von Braun
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

  • Date: 
    July 27, 2009
    12:00-2:00 pm

    Reflections on The Global Food Crisis

    How Did It Happen? How Has It Hurt? And How Can We Prevent The Next One?

    Presenter(s): 
    Derek Headey, IFPRI; Miguel Robles, IFPRI; Nicholas Minot, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

  • Date: 
    July 24, 2009
    12:15-1:45 - lunch will be served from 11:45

    Smart Input Subsidies and Sustainable Agricultural Development

    Presenter(s): 
    Nick Minot (IFPRI); Derek Byerlee (World Bank); Balu Bumb (IFDC); Karen Brooks (World Bank); Chair: Joachim von Braun
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    Agricultural input subsidies were commonly used to alleviate poverty in rural areas in the 1960s and 70s. However, these types of subsidies were abolished in the late 1980s as part of structural-adjustment programs implemented by development agencies. As a result, fertilizer use in Africa plummeted significantly. Today, the low use of fertilizer and other inputs has made that agricultural productivity in Africa not kept pace with population growth and has severely affected food security on the continent.

  • Date: 
    June 25, 2009
    3:30 - 5:00pm

    Climate Change -- Adaptation and Poverty

    Presenter(s): 
    Mahabub Hossain, Executive Director, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (Bangladesh); Raul Montemayor, General Secretary, Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives Inc. (Philippines); Camilla Toulmin, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development (United Kingdom)
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

  • Date: 
    June 11, 2009
    3:00 - 4:30 pm

    Strengthening Social Entrepreneurship

    An Innovative Approach to the Teaching of Food Policy Analysis

    Presenter(s): 
    Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Cornell University
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    “The Social Entrepreneurship Approach” developed by Per Pinstrup-Andersen at Cornell University in collaboration with IFPRI, Copenhagen University and Wageningen University, aims to instill in the students a social entrepreneurship mindset and to strengthen their analytical capacity and judgment on the basis of verifiable evidence.

  • Date: 
    May 28, 2009
    12:45 - 1:45pm

    Dealing with Climate Change

    The Need to Include Agriculture and Land Use

    Presenter(s): 
    Ross Garnaut, Chair of the IFPRI Board of Trustees & Professor of Economics, the Australian National University; William Hohenstein, Director, Global Change Program Office, USDA; Gerald Nelson, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    Chair: Joachim von Braun, Director General, IFPRI

    Lunch served from 11.45 am, panel begins at 12.15 pm

    Abstract

    To meet mitigation and adaptation goals, international climate negotiations must include agriculture. In the lead up to Copenhagen, negotiators will meet next in Bonn in early June. Panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities for integrating agriculture into the climate change negotiations.