Past Events

  • 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
    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 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 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?

  • Date: 
    March 21, 2012
    12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EST (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Due to technical difficulties we will not be able to live webcast the event at the scheduled time.

    Innovations in Measuring Women's Empowerment

    The Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index

    Presenter(s): 
    Sabina Alkire, director of the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) of Oxford University; Emily Hogue, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, USAID’s Bureau for Food Security; Agnes Quisumbing, senior research fellow in the Poverty, Health, & Nutrition Division of IFPRI.
    Location: 

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

    Women play a critical role in agriculture in developing countries, but they face major constraints that prevent them from contributing more to agricultural growth and poverty reduction. In order to remove the obstacles related to income, time, and lack of control over resources from women’s paths, it’s important to identify which barriers are most important, in order to design the most effective interventions in a particular context. A significant new breakthrough in the measurement of women’s agricultural empowerment was recently developed to do just that.

  • Date: 
    February 28, 2012
    1:15 - 2:30 pm

    Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

    Presenter(s): 
    Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID; Dr. Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative; Dr. Agnes Quisumbing, Senior Research Fellow, Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, IFPRI
    Location: 

    United Nations Headquarters
    Conference Room 4, North Lawn Building
    New York, NY

  • Date: 
    February 6, 2012 - February 7, 2012

    Food Secure Arab World

    A Roadmap for Policy and Research

    Location: 

    Beirut, Lebanon

    Food security, in all its dimensions, has long been a development challenge in the Arab world. In countries with already high food import bills, recent food price volatility in the global market has heightened instability. Relatively high child undernutrition and poverty levels also pose a serious threat to economic development in Arab countries.

  • Date: 
    December 5, 2011 - December 7, 2011

    Agricultural R&D: Investing in Africa’s Future

    Analyzing Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities

    Location: 

    Accra, Ghana

    By invitation only