Past Events

  • Date: 
    January 22, 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

    The State of Food & Agriculture 2012

    Investing in Agriculture for a Better Future

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Shenggen Fan, Director General IFPRI; Speakers: Sarah Lowder, Economist, FAO; Michele McNabb, President, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa; Tewodaj Mogues, Research Fellow, IFPRI; Keith Wiebe, Deputy Director of the Agricultural Development Economics Division, FAO.
    Location: 

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

    US Launch of The State of Food and Agriculture 2012, hosted by The International Food Policy Research Institute, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa

  • Date: 
    December 7, 2012
    12:15 pm to 12:45 pm EST; Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time

    Harnessing Agricultural Innovation for Transformative Impact

    IFPRI Special Event with Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID

    Presenter(s): 
    Speaker: Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator United States Agency for International Development
    Location: 

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

    You are cordially invited to join us for a special discussion with Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of USAID.

  • Date: 
    December 4, 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

    22nd Annual Martin J. Forman Memorial Lecture

    Public-Private Partnerships Innovating to End Malnutrition

    Presenter(s): 
    Speaker: Josette Sheeran, Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. Concluding Remarks: Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI. Chair: Fawzi Al-Sultan, Chair, IFPRI Board of Trustees
    Location: 

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

    Today, 1 billion people are undernourished and 2 billion are micronutrient deficient. The potential of the private sector to eradicate malnutrition is enormous, but requires an enabling environment featuring the right mix of public policies, regulations, and investments. Innovations in public-private partnership have already achieved some success.

  • Date: 
    November 7, 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 and Development in the Arab World

    In Transition?

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Gwendolyn Stansbury, Division Director, Communications; Clemens Breisinger, Economist & Research Fellow, Development Strategy and Governance, IFPRI; Caroline Freund, Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa, The World Bank; Nadim Khouri, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia
    Location: 

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

    While the Arab Awakening has brought much change and opportunity, the region remains highly vulnerable to shocks that contribute to food insecurity—one of the triggers of the uprisings. Stability hinges on Arab governments’ ability to accelerate economic growth, create jobs, and reduce poverty; their citizens will be closely watching progress on these indicators—as will the entire world.

  • Date: 
    October 23, 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

    A New Path Forward

    Agriculture and Food Security Strategy for South Sudan

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI; Speakers: H.E. Dr. Betty Achan Ogwaro, National Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in the Republic of South Sudan; Shahidur Rashid, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI; David Hegwood, Senior Food Security Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development
    Location: 

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

    IFPRI is honored to welcome the H.E. Dr. Betty Achan Ogwaro, Agriculture and Forestry Minister of the world’s newest nation, South Sudan.

  • Date: 
    October 18, 2012
    7:00 to 8:00 am

    2012 Global Hunger Index Launch Event

    The Challenge of Hunger: Ensuring Sustainable Food Security Under Land, Water & Energy Stresses

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Rajul Pandya-Lorch International Food Policy Research Institute; Speakers: Claudia Ringler, International Food Policy Research Institute; Margaret Catley-Carlson, World Economic Forum Advisory Council on Water; Commentators: Connell Foley, Concern Worldwide; Mathias Mogge, Welthungerhilfe
    Location: 

    Downtown Des Moines Marriott, Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs Rooms

    The Global Hunger Index is a comprehensive measure of hunger worldwide and by country and region. Although the proportion of hungry people around the world has declined since 1990, global hunger remains at a level characterized as “serious.” Global Hunger Index scores vary greatly across regions and countries.

  • Date: 
    October 3, 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

    Strategies and Priorities for African Agriculture

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Ousmane Badiane, Director for Africa, West & Central Africa Office (WCAO); Speakers: Xinshen Diao, Deputy Division Director, Development Strategy and Governance Division (DSG), IFPRI; Jeff Hill, USAID Bureau for Food Security; Karen Brooks, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    Agricultural growth is key to reducing poverty in Africa, south of the Sahara. That is why, in 2003, African heads of state rallied to form the pan-African Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), which works for sustained public spending on agriculture-led growth. This unprecedented political and financial commitment in Africa bodes well for the future of agriculture on the continent. Today, signs point to increasing productivity, with much room for growth as agricultural potential remains largely untapped.

  • 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.