Past Events

  • 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

  • Date: 
    November 12, 2009
    12.15 pm – 1.45 pm. Light lunch available from 11.45 am

    Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development

    Presenter(s): 
    Rajul Pandya-Lorch, IFPRI; David J. Spielman, IFPRI; Prabhu Pingali, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Raul Montemayor, Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives Inc.; Chair: Joachim von Braun, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    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: 
    October 30, 2009
    11:45 am -1:30 pm

    The Other Green Revolution

    Farmer-led Change in the Sahel 1980-2010

    Presenter(s): 
    Mr. Yacouba Sawadogo, Dr. Chris Reij, Dr. Edwige Botoni, and Ms. Sakina Mati Chair: Rajul Pandya-Lorch
    Location: 

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

    A successful example of achieving food security while adapting to climate change, catalyzed by farmers and scaled-up by effective aid.

    Abstract

    After the devastating droughts of the 1970s and 1980s, African farmers in the Sahel region mobilized to reclaim their land from the encroaching desert. 30 years later, their work has secured 13 million acres of farmland, fed three million people, recharged village wells, and supplied useful and valuable tree products. Despite growing populations and the threats of climate change, food security has improved in the Sahel region.

  • 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.