Past Events

  • Date: 
    December 10, 2013
    12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EST (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

    Post-2015 Development Agenda

    Food Security and Environmental Sustainability

    Presenter(s): 
    Panelists: S. Mahendra Dev, IGIDR | David Nabarro, UN | Sara Scherr, EcoAgriculture Partners; Video Remarks: Gerda Verburg, Committee on World Food Security (CFS); Moderated by Simon Maxwell, ODI; Opening Remarks: Fawzi Al-Sultan, IFPRI Board of Trustees; Closing Remarks: Shenggen Fan, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    Due to the federal government's closure and IFPRI's inclement weather policy, we regret that today's event has been cancelled. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Date: 
    November 25, 2013
    8:00 am to 19:00

    Partnering for Impact

    IFPRI-European Research Collaboration for Improved Food and Nutrition Security

    Presenter(s): 
    Full list of presenters available on the attached agenda.
    Location: 

    Thon Hotel EU
    Rue de la Loi 75
    Brussels, Belgium

    The all-day “Partnering for Impact: IFPRI-European Research Collaboration for Improved Food and Nutrition Security” workshop will highlight the achievements of the innovative research programs IFPRI and European partners have jointly undertaken. The workshop will also support critical dialogue between researchers, development partners, policymakers, and implementers; discuss new ideas, approaches, and strategies for achieving impact through food policy research; and further contribute to the development of a meaningful post-2015 research agenda.

  • Date: 
    November 22, 2013
    12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EST (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

    Beyond Gender Myths

    Closing the Knowledge Gap in Agriculture and Food Security

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Gwendolyn Stansbury, Division Director, Communications and Knowledge Management Division, IFPRI; Speakers: Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI | Agnes Quisumbing, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI | Terri Raney, Senior Economist, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) | Deborah Rubin, co-Director, Cultural Practice, LLC
    Location: 

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

    There is now growing recognition of the importance of attention to gender for agricultural productivity and food security. However, many “gender myths” persist; myths that either underestimate or overstate the importance of women’s roles and resources. In order to close the gender gap in productivity or assets, there is a need to close the knowledge gap. This policy seminar will present evidence gathered for a new volume of studies titled "Gender in Agriculture and Food Security: Closing the Knowledge Gap".

  • Date: 
    November 5, 2013
    1:30 PM -- 5:00 PM (Kigali, Rwanda)

    Using ICT to Promote Smallholder Business Credibility

    Through Improved Social Capital and Commercial and Technical Skills of Producer Organizations

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Ousmane Badiane, IFPRI; Speakers: Stephen Muchiri, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation | Fhumulani Machau, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions | Alioune Mbow, West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development | Andrea Bohn | Getaw Tadesse | Professor Kah
    Location: 

    Kigali Serena Hotel
    Boulevard de la Revolution
    Kigali 250, Rwanda
    Phone:+250 250 597 100

    AgriConneXions is a program on: “Using ICT to Promote Smallholder Business Credibility through Improved Social Capital and Commercial and Technical Skills of Producer Organizations”. The project intends to explore the use of modern information and communications technologies (ICT) in order to overcome the physical, infrastructural, and institutional obstacles facing SPOs related to geographic dispersion, diseconomies of scale, and weak administrative capacities.

    The objective of this event is to share more on the AgriConneXions project, collect feedback, and build partnerships.

  • Date: 
    November 5, 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.

    Aflatoxins: Finding Solutions for Improved Food Safety

    Presenter(s): 
    David Crean, Mars Inc. | Andrew Emmott, Twin & Twin Trading | Sheryl Schneider, World Food Programme | Laurian Unnevehr, IFPRI | Chair: Rajul Pandya-Lorch, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    Aflatoxins—a naturally occurring carcinogenic byproduct of common fungi on grains and other crops—pose a significant public health risk in many tropical developing countries. It is estimated that 26,000 Africans living south of the Sahara die annually of liver cancer associated with chronic aflatoxin exposure. There are also broader health effects associated with aflatoxins, such as immune suppression with higher rates of illness and child stunting. In addition to health risks, aflatoxins can also limit the growth of commercial markets and trade. For example, in 2007, aflatoxin contamination sharply limited the quantities of maize that the World Food Programme was able to purchase locally in Africa.

  • Date: 
    October 23, 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.

    Cash, Food, or Vouchers?

    Evidence from a Four-Country Experimental Study | IFPRI-WFP Event

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Gwendolyn Stansbury, Division Director, Communications and Knowledge Management Division, IFPRI; Annalisa Conte, Deputy Director of Policy, Programme and Innovation Division, U.N. World Food Programme, Rome | John Hoddinott, Deputy Director, Poverty Health and Nutrition Division, IFPRI.
    Location: 

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

    The use of cash, food, or vouchers as a transfer modality is heavily contested. At this policy seminar, John Hoddinott and Annalisa Conte will present results from a three-year IFPRI-World Food Programme study that assessed the comparative performance of these transfer modalities on household food security in Ecuador, Uganda, Niger, and Yemen. In all countries, an experimental design was used with modalities randomly assigned at a locality level.

  • Date: 
    October 21, 2013
    4:00 pm to 5:30 pm EDT (Please join us for a reception immediately following the event); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

    Investing in Strengthening the Resilience of Smallholder Farmers

    2020 Policy Consultation on Building Resilience Lead Event

    Presenter(s): 
    Tom Arnold, Special Representative for Hunger, Concern Worldwide | Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute | Kathy Spahn, President & CEO, Helen Keller International | Martin Piñeiro, Director, Grupo Consultores en Economia y Organizacion, Argentina | Moderated by: John Heller, Senior Director, Synergos
    Location: 

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

    Smallholder farmers in developing countries are being hit by a barrage of economic, environmental, and political shocks, and these shocks are becoming more frequent and intense. Smallholder farmers in developing countries are increasingly challenged to anticipate, prepare for, cope with, and recover from shocks.

  • 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.