Past Events

  • Date: 
    July 24, 2012
    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

    CGIAR: Reflections by the CEO

    An update on CGIAR reform: reinvigorating global research on agriculture

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI; Speaker: Frank Rijsberman, CEO, CGIAR Consortium
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    The CGIAR has been transformed through a reorganization over the last three years. What has been achieved? What is still left to be done? Securing a food secure future without wrecking the planet is the greatest challenge facing humanity in coming decades. Is the new CGIAR ready to face this challenge? The new CEO of the CGIAR Consortium will discuss his priorities to ensure that the reform delivers on its promise.

  • Date: 
    June 28, 2012
    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

    Scaling Up in Agriculture, Rural Development, and Nutrition

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Head 2020 Vision Initiative & Chief of Staff; Speakers: Johannes Linn, Senior Resident Scholar at the Emerging Markets Forum & Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; Kevin Cleaver, Associate Vice President For Programs at the International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD); Mirza Jahani, Chief Executive Officer Of The Aga Khan Foundation, USA
    Location: 

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

    As governments, donors, and other key actors deepen their commitments to improve food security and reduce poverty, they are increasingly focusing on how successful development interventions can be scaled up, i.e. expanded, replicated, and adapted to new and different contexts, for greater and sustained impact. IFPRI’s 2020 Vision Initiative commissioned a set of 20 policy briefs, edited by Johannes Linn, to better understand the different pathways for scaling up, the drivers that push the scaling up process forward, and the spaces that enable initiatives to be scaled up.

  • Date: 
    June 14, 2012
    12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EDT (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am)

    Transformation of Economies in Africa

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI; Speakers: H. E. John Agyekum Kufuor, Former President, Republic of Ghana; Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist, Africa Region, World Bank; Mwangi Kimenyi, Senior Fellow and Director of the Africa Growth Initiative, The Brookings Institution
    Location: 

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

    Africa has recently experienced impressive transformation, including economic growth of about 5-7 percent despite the global economic crisis. However, the opportunities that accompany such transformations have not been fully harnessed and significant challenges remain. Africa’s transformation process differs from other regional transformations in several ways. Many continue to live in rural areas and depend on agriculture, the industrial sector is still underdeveloped, and structural change out of agricultural employment remains limited. Lessons from the experiences of developed and emerging economies point out that the role of agriculture as a catalyst for broader economic growth is crucial.

  • Date: 
    June 5, 2012
    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

    The Role of the Right to Food in Combating Global Hunger

    Presenter(s): 
    Speaker -- Olivier De Schutter | United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; Chair -- Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    This seminar will examine how legal, institutional, and policy frameworks grounded in the right to food can improve the actions States take to improve food security.

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  • Date: 
    May 31, 2012
    12:30 pm to 2:00 pm EDT (Please join us for lunch beginning at 12:00 pm); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time

    Sustainable Food Security and Climate Change

    Post-Bonn and Pre-Rio

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Gerald Nelson, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI; Speakers: William Hohenstein, Director, Global Change Program Office, USDA; David Waskow, Climate Change Program Manager at Oxfam America.
    Location: 

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

    During these informal presentations, Bill Hohenstein will report on the outcomes for agriculture at the recently concluded UNFCCC negotiations in Bonn, and David Waskow will talk about progress towards Sustainable Development Goals at Rio.

  • Date: 
    May 30, 2012
    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

    Why Poverty Persists

    Poverty Dynamics in Asia & Africa

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: John Hoddinott, Senior Research Fellow & Deputy Director, Poverty, Health & Nutrition Division (PHND), IFPRI; Bob Baulch, Professor of Economics at Tan Tao University; Agnes Quisumbing, Senior Research Fellow, PHND, IFPRI; Catherine Porter, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Economics, University of Oxford
    Location: 

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

    Why are some people trapped in chronic poverty, while others are able to escape it? This policy seminar will provide an overview of the major findings and policy recommendations from a recently published book on poverty dynamics in Asia and Africa, and present two country studies (from Bangladesh and Ethiopia) that are included in the book.* Using panel surveys from six Asian and African countries, the presentation will analyze what traps people in chronic poverty, as well as what helps them escape it. The distinguishing feature of these studies, which were commissioned by the Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), is that they span longer periods or have more survey waves than most developing country panels. Three of the panels are part of IFPRI’s Pathways from Poverty research program, which was CPRC’s partner in this effort. The studies (from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa and Vietnam) show that the processes that enable people to escape chronic poverty unfold gradually, and often are interrupted by short-term setbacks. In addition, paradoxically, the factors resulting in improvements for some, can cause further decline for others. Across all countries, lack of education and assets are crucial maintainers of chronic poverty.

  • Date: 
    May 22, 2012
    12:15 pm to 1:30 pm EDT (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time

    From Good to Great

    Bringing Impact to Scale at the World Food Programme

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI; Speaker: Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme
    Location: 

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

    How can the World Food Programme (WFP) better meet the urgent needs of the poorest and most vulnerable while building the capacity of nations and peoples to feed themselves? As the WFP's new Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin is leading the world's largest food assistance agency at a time of complex new challenges and unprecedented opportunities. Come hear her vision and plans for a WFP that is more agile, accountable and transparent, with policies, programs and partnerships that are evidence-based, results-focused and responsive to local experience and expertise.

  • Date: 
    May 22, 2012
    3:30 pm -- 5:00 pm Light refreshments after the lecture

    3rd Annual Malthus Lecture

    How Can We Feed a Growing World and Still Sustain the Planet?

    Presenter(s): 
    Jonathon Foley, Director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
    Location: 

    Globe Theater
    1927 Florida Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20009

    Increasing population and wealth, along with changing patterns of diet and consumption, are placing unprecedented demands on the world's agriculture and natural resources. Today, approximately 1 billion people are chronically malnourished, even as our agricultural systems are degrading land, water, biodiversity, and climate on a global scale. Are there practical approaches that could support agricultural demand from a growing world population?

  • Date: 
    May 1, 2012
    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 Security & the G20

    Perspectives on Progress

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI, Joseph Glauber, USDA; Ray Offenheiser, Oxfam America; Maximo Torero, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    When G20 leaders come together on June 18-19 in Los Cabos, Mexico, food security will once again be at the top of their agenda. At last year’s summit, the G20 Agriculture Ministers took historic steps towards addressing food price volatility. This year, it is vital to take last year’s achievements to the next level. This Policy Seminar will bring together different perspectives on what needs to be done by the G20 to advance the actions and initiatives to curtail food price volatility, reduce poverty, and assure long-term food security.

  • Date: 
    April 23, 2012

    Launch of IFPRI's First Global Food Policy Report

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Fawzi Al-Sultan, Chair of IFPRI’s Board of Trustees / Presenters: Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI; Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Minister for Food and Disaster Management, Bangladesh; Kathy Spahn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Helen Keller International
    Location: 

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

    In 2011, a variety of ongoing challenges affected global food security, including food price volatility, extreme weather shocks, famine, and conflicts. Despite a number of positive developments in 2011, the global food system’s inability to adequately respond to these challenges highlights a need to exploit the links between agriculture and other sectors, in combination with other actions to reduce the impact on the poor and hungry. IFPRI’s 2011 Global Food Policy Report—the first in a new annual series—reflects on the challenges and developments of 2011 and provides an outlook for 2012. It asks: What could have been done differently? What should be done in the future?