Past Events

  • 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
    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: 
    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: 
    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)