Past Events

  • 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

  • Date: 
    December 5, 2011
    12:30 pm to 2:15 pm EST (Please join us for lunch beginning at 12:00 pm); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time

    Two Food Price Crises in Three Years

    What’s Going On? What Lessons Have We Learned?

    Presenter(s): 
    Dr. Kym Anderson, University of Adelaide, Australia; Dr. Catherine Kling, Iowa State University; Dr. Zhu Ling, Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Fawzi Al-Sultan, chair of the IFPRI Board of Trustees; and Shenggen Fan, IFPRI.
    Location: 

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

    International food prices began to rise sharply in the first quarter of 2011, resulting in a second food price crisis in three years. Rising food inflation in many developing countries and increasing food price volatility have revived concerns about the long-term food security of poor people.

  • Date: 
    November 21, 2011
    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

    Food Policy in Disarray

    The Challenges and Priorities

    Presenter(s): 
    Per Pinstrup-Andersen, H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy; J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship, Cornell University
    Location: 

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

    Per Pinstrup-Andersen will discuss how policy failure contributed to the food price crisis and how those responsible for global and national food systems need to take certain actions to reverse the damage. He presents findings that have been published in “Food Policy for Developing Countries: The Role of Government in Global, National and Local Food Systems”, which Per coauthored with Derrill Watson.

  • Date: 
    November 16, 2011 - November 18, 2011

    Bonn2011 Nexus Conference

    The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus – Solutions for the Green Economy

    Abstract

    IFPRI is a partner in the international “Bonn2011 Conference: The Water Energy and Food Security Nexus – Solutions for the Green Economy” organized by the German Federal Government.

  • Date: 
    November 14, 2011
    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

    From Concepts to Realities

    Promising Nanotechnology Applications for Agriculture & Water Safety in Developing Countries

    Presenter(s): 
    Guillaume Gruere, IFPRI; Alberto de Campos Bernardi, EMBRAPA; Winston Soboyejo,Princeton University
    Location: 

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

    Nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of material measuring between 1–100 nanometers in at least one dimension, is leading to the development of potentially revolutionary technologies in a variety of industries, including agriculture and food. By increasing productivity, reducing postharvest loss, improving product quality, increasing the competitiveness of agricultural producers, and improving market access, advances in nanotechnology may present new opportunities to improve the livelihoods of the poor, if the multiple challenges to their use can be overcome.

  • Date: 
    November 14, 2011 - November 16, 2011

    Technical Workshop on Knowledge, Tools, and Lessons

    Informing the Design and Implementation of Food Security Strategies in Asia

    Location: 

    Kathmandu, Nepal

    Organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS)

  • Date: 
    November 10, 2011
    12:30 pm to 2:00 pm EST (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

    21st Annual Martin J. Forman Memorial Lecture

    Nutrition in Senegal: Achievements and Prospects

    Presenter(s): 
    Abdoulaye Ka, National Committee for the Fight against Malnutrition
    Location: 

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

    After several major transitions, Senegal succeeded in developing a multisectoral strategy to achieve sustainable nutrition outcomes. The country achieved significant results through a combination of actions, including a strong political commitment to fighting malnutrition and the development of a coherent architecture to support this effort.

  • Date: 
    November 6, 2011 - November 8, 2011

    International Conference on Climate Change and Food Security (ICCCFS)

    Location: 

    Beijing, China

    Abstract

    Although great advances have been made towards global food security production and consumption goals over the past half-century, many people remain food-insecure. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that approximately 1 billion people were undernourished worldwide in 2010. Even though population growth is expected to plateau at some 9 billion people near the middle of this century, continued population and consumption growth add further pressure to the already unmet global demand for food for at least another 40 years. At the same time, growing competition for land, water, and energy, in addition to the overexploitation of fisheries, will seriously impair our productive capacity in regards to producing food. The effects of climate change make the situation much more challenging. One of the great challenges for the 21st century will be to ensure that the global food supply is able to meet sustainably the needs of an unprecedented number of people and to withstand the difficulties posed by climate change. Success in meeting this challenge will require a steady stream of technical and institutional innovations geared towards increasing food production as well as successful adaption to changing climatic conditions.

  • Date: 
    November 2, 2011
    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 Gates Foundation Agricultural Policies Portfolio

    Four Years Old and Looking Ahead

    Presenter(s): 
    Prabhu Pingali, Deputy Director, Agriculture Development Division, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    Last year Gates Foundation members reflected on the Foundation’s role in agricultural development by conducting a yearlong analysis of the evolving agricultural development landscape in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and agriculture’s powerful and volatile relationship to poverty reduction. This process resulted in an evolution of the Foundation’s strategic focus and reaffirmed the essential role of data and policy in pursuing agriculture-led poverty reduction.

  • Date: 
    November 1, 2011 - November 3, 2011

    Increasing Agricultural Productivity and Enhancing Food Security in Africa

    New Challenges and Opportunities

    Location: 

    UNECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in conjunction with the African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa