Past Events

  • 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

  • Date: 
    October 25, 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

    Agribusiness for Africa’s Prosperity

    Presenter(s): 
    Kandeh K. Yumkella, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); John Staatz, Michigan State University
    Location: 

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

    In the next 20 years, both farming and agro-industries in Africa need to undergo profound structural transformations in order to generate the jobs, incomes and food products so badly needed by the continent’s growing population. To be able to make the vital transition from the current agriculture-led growth strategy to a more prosperous agribusiness development strategy, the power of market demand will be essential to fully developing African agribusiness capacities and achieving international competitiveness.

  • Date: 
    October 22, 2011 - October 23, 2011

    Is China Entering a High Food Price Era?

    3rd CAER-IFPRI Annual International Conference

    Location: 

    Chengdu City
    Sichuan Province
    P.R. China

    3rd CAER-IFPRI Annual International Conference

    Background

  • Date: 
    October 13, 2011
    7:00 - 8:00 am

    2011 Global Hunger Index Launch Event

    The challenge of hunger: taming price spikes and excessive food price volatility

    Presenter(s): 
    Chair: Shenggen Fan, International Food Policy Research Institute | Speakers: M. S. Swaminathan, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation; Maximo Torero, International Food Policy Research Institute | Commentators: Tom Arnold, Concern Worldwide; Wolfgang Jamann, Welthungerhilfe
    Location: 

    Des Moines Marriott, Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs rooms

    Abstract

    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: 
    September 26, 2011 - September 27, 2011

    Unleashing Agriculture’s Potential for Improved Nutrition and Health in Malawi

    Location: 

    Lilongwe, Malawi

    Abstract

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security of Malawi and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), supported by Irish Aid and USAID, are organizing a high-level policy conference in Lilongwe, Malawi, September 26-27 in order to bring the three sectors together to unleash the potential for agriculture—as a supplier of food, a source of income, and an engine of growth—to sustainably reduce malnutrition and ill-health.

  • Date: 
    September 7, 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

    Leveraging Agriculture to Tackle Noncommunicable Diseases

    A Lead-Up Seminar to the United Nations Summit on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

    Presenter(s): 
    Tim Lang, City University London; Rachel Nugent, University of Washington; Derek Yach, PepsiCo; Marie Ruel, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    More information

    Seminar Report
    Public Health Nutrition:14(12), 2268–2269

    Presentations
    Tim Lang
    Rachel Nugent
    Derek Yach

  • Date: 
    August 11, 2011
    11:00 am

    From Famine to Food Security: Meeting the Challenge in the Horn of Africa

    IFPRI Special Event with Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State

    Presenter(s): 
    Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, United States of America
    Location: 

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

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa Thursday, August 11, 2011.

  • Date: 
    July 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

    2nd Annual Malthus Lecture

    Feeding the World Sustainably: Reflections, Issues, and Suggestions

    Presenter(s): 
    Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria
    Location: 

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

    Ensuring global food security is a major challenge, but it is not beyond the ken of human ingenuity and determination. Through sustainable and equitable systems of production and consumption, we must meet the needs of the world’s current 6.7 billion inhabitants, as well as the additional 2 to 3 billion expected in coming decades, while recognizing the challenges posed by changing diets and continued production on stressed environmental systems. We must accomplish this using roughly the same amount of land and water as we use today.