Past Events

  • Date: 
    October 18, 2013
    12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EDT (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

    2013 Global Hunger Index Launch Event

    The Challenge of Hunger: Building Resilience to Achieve Food And Nutrition Security

    Presenter(s): 
    Speakers: Connell Foley, Director of Strategy, Concern Worldwide | Derek Headey, Research Fellow, Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, IFPRI | Wolfgang Jamann, General-Director, Welthungerhilfe | Chair: Gwendolyn Stansbury, IFPRI.
    Location: 

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

    Resilience is the central theme of the 2013 Global Hunger Index, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute, Concern Worldwide, and Welthungerhilfe. For the eighth straight year of calculating the Index, global hunger has improved overall, falling by one-third.

  • Date: 
    September 27, 2013
    12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EDT (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

    23rd Annual Martin J. Forman Memorial Lecture

    Stepping into the SUN: Successes and Constraints from On-the-Ground

    Presenter(s): 
    Shawn K. Baker, Interim Director, Nutrition in the Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Chair: Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI.
    Location: 

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

    The June 2013 Lancet series underscores that tackling the burden of malnutrition is one of the greatest challenges the global community faces in ensuring the survival and healthy development of our children. Events in 2008 have catalyzed renewed interest in nutrition – resulting in the Scaling Up Nutrition movement.

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  • Date: 
    September 26, 2013
    12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EST

    Transforming Agriculture in Africa

    The Insiders’ Perspective

    Presenter(s): 
    Opening remarks: Jonathan Shrier, Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security, Deputy Coordinator for Diplomacy for Feed the Future. Speakers: Khalid Bomba, CEO of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency | Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI | Yaya Olaniran, chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) | Chair: Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Head 2020 Vision Initiative and Chief of Staff, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile initiatives to promote agricultural development in Africa. These initiatives attempt to address one of the most pressing development challenges in Africa: increasing farm productivity amidst an expanding population, smaller farm sizes, and increasing levels of soil degradation. In the international development community, there appears to be a consensus that overcoming this challenge is the key to reducing poverty, generating nonfarm employment, and triggering a process of structural transformation.

  • Date: 
    June 24, 2013
    12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EDT (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

    Food, Forests, and Landscapes

    Protecting Ecosytems, Feeding the Future | CIFOR-IFPRI Event

    Presenter(s): 
    Speakers: Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI; Peter Holmgren, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research; Geeta Sethi, World Bank. Chair: Gwendolyn Stansbury, Division Director, Communications and Knowledge Management, IFPRI.
    Location: 

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

    The world faces the complex challenge of providing nutritious and affordable food to a rising population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, without depleting scarce natural resources. In the past, efforts to increase availability of food have led to expanding agriculture, standing in conflict with other land uses. More than 50 percent of Earth’s forests have now disappeared, creating an array of environmental and social problems. Yet, more than one third of the food produced worldwide is going to waste.

  • Date: 
    June 4, 2013
    6:00 PM CST

    IFPRI 2012 Global Food Policy Report China Launch and Reception

    Presenter(s): 
    Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI
    Location: 

    Yashi Restaurant
    Grand Building of the Friendship Hotel
    Beijing, China

    This special event hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will debut IFPRI’s flagship 2012 Global Food Policy Report (Overview in Chinese).

  • Date: 
    May 21, 2013

    Tackling food security and nutrition in Egypt: challenges and opportunities

    Launch of the findings from the 2011 Household, Income, Expenditure and Consumption Survey

    Location: 

    Salon Vert, Cairo Marriott, Zamalek, Cairo

    Abstract

    The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics of Egypt (CAPMAS), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and IFPRI will launch findings from the 2011 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIECS) data detailing poverty, food security and nutrition trends in Egypt and their implications for policymakers and programming.

  • Date: 
    May 15, 2013

    Economic Transformation in West Africa

    What It Means for Food Security and Poverty Reduction

    Location: 

    King Fahd Palace Hotel
    Dakar, Senegal

    West Africa has sustained a solid pace of growth for nearly two decades—a welcome change after years of stagnation and decline. The strategic question remains, however: How can the region build on this success to accelerate economic transformation and broaden growth, especially to provide regional food security?

  • Date: 
    May 2, 2013
    3:30 pm to 5:00 pm EDT (A cocktail reception will immediately follow the event at 5:00 pm); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

    Policymakers’ Responses to Food Price Crises

    Results from a 14-Country Political Economy Study

    Presenter(s): 
    Speaker: Per Pinstrup-Andersen, H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Applied Economics at Cornell University. Chair: Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
    Location: 

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

    Increasing food price volatility since 2007, which is likely to continue and possibly amplify in the future, presents a major challenge for the world’s policymakers. While much has been written about the nature and causes of food price fluctuations since 2007, little is known about the processes that led to the policy responses and the relative power, behavior, and influence of the participating stakeholder groups. Understanding how and why governments responded as they did will help enhance existing knowledge of the political economy of food price policy and assist governments in their policymaking as they confront future food price fluctuations.

  • Date: 
    May 1, 2013
    12:15 pm to 2:00 pm EDT (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

    D8 Open Data for Agriculture: G8 Side Event at IFPRI

    Presenter(s): 
    Melanie Bacou, IFPRI, HarvestChoice; Neil Fantom, World Bank, Development Data Group; Kathleen Flaherty, IFPRI, Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI); Perri Al-Riffai, IFPRI, ArabSpatial; Johannes Keizer, FAO, Information Systems Officer; Soonho Kim, IFPRI, Food Security Portal; Daniel Mason-D'Croz, IFPRI, International Model for Policy Analysis of Agricultural Commodities and Trade (IMPACT); Indira Yerramareddy, IFPRI, Dataverse
    Location: 

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

    Open Data is a hot topic in agricultural development. The topic has garnered so much interest that G8 leaders are holding an International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture on April 29 and 30. The following day, May 1, IFPRI shared its own wealth of Open Data at “D8”.

  • Date: 
    April 18, 2013
    12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EDT (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

    Input Subsidy Programs in Developing Countries

    What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why?

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Shenggen Fan, IFPRI. Speakers: Thomas Jayne, Michigan State University; Shahidur Rashid, IFPRI; Derek Byerlee, World Bank (Ret.); Simeon Ehui, The World Bank.
    Location: 

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

    After having been largely eliminated by structural adjustment programs in the 1980s and 1990s, many African countries have reintroduced large-scale input subsidy programs. The subsidy programs’ benefits, however, are highly contested, and there remains a lack of recent and high-quality research to inform policy discussion and guide research on more targeted “smart” subsidy programs implemented recently across the region.