Past Events

  • 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.

  • Date: 
    May 19, 2009 - May 21, 2009

    Delivering Agricultural Biotechnology to African Farmers

    Linking Economic Research to Decision Making

    Location: 

    Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda

    Co-sponsored by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST), and Science Foundations for Livelihoods (Scifode)

  • Date: 
    April 30, 2009
    12:00 – 2:00 pm - Lunch served at 12:00 pm, panel begins at 12:30 pm

    Implications of the Financial Crisis for Developing Countries

    Presenter(s): 
    Máximo Torero, Director, MTID, IFPRI; Ousmane Badiane, Africa Director, IFPRI; John Hoddinott, Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, PHND, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    Regional Commentators: Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla, Executive Director for Argentina and Haiti, Inter-American Development Bank; Stephen Mink, Lead Economist, Agriculture and Rural Development, World Bank

    Chair: Joachim von Braun, Director General, IFPRI

    Abstract

  • Date: 
    April 23, 2009
    3:30 - 5:00pm

    The Beauty and the Beast

    Unveiling the Beauty of Statistics for a Fact-Based World View

    Presenter(s): 
    Hans Rosling, Karolinska Institutet
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    There are no longer two types of countries in the world. The old division into industrialized and developing countries has been replaced by 192 countries on a continuum of socio-economic development. Many Asian countries are now improving twice as fast as Europe ever did. A new gap may form between 5 billion people moving towards healthy lives with education, cell phones, electricity, washing machines and health service and more than 1 billion people stuck in the vicious circle of absolute poverty and disease.

  • Date: 
    April 17, 2009
    11:30am - 12:30pm

    Controversial Issues on the Role of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs to Improve Nutrition

    19th Annual Martin J. Forman Memorial Lecture and Luncheon

    Presenter(s): 
    Santiago Levy, Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank
    Location: 

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

    Abstract