Past Events

  • 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.

  • Date: 
    June 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

    Informing the G20 Agenda

    Actions to Address Food Price Volatility

    Presenter(s): 
    Charlotte Hebebrand, International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council; Peter Timmer, Harvard University; Rob Townsend, World Bank; Shenggen Fan, International Food Policy Research Institute
    Location: 

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

    Increasing food price volatility in the wake of the 2007-08 food crisis has raised serious concerns around the world because of its impact on the poor. When the G20 agriculture ministers convene in Paris in June, discussions on how to combat excessive commodity price volatility and address poor people’s food security will be at the top of their agenda. These critical issues will also be a top priority during the Cannes summit in November. In both cases, evidence-based policy solutions will be fundamental to informing the agendas.

  • Date: 
    June 7, 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

    Agricultural Support in Doha and Beyond

    Experience to Date and Assessment

    Presenter(s): 
    Jerry Hagstrom, Agricultural Journalist & Author, Hagstrom Report; Ambassador Clayton Yeutter, Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells; David Orden, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI & Professor, Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture and Environment; David Blandford, Professor of Agricultural & Environmental Economics, Pennsylvania State University; Tim Josling, Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.
    Location: 

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

    A key pillar of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture limits trade-distorting agricultural domestic support. Commitments for certain countries are tightened and extended under proposed rules in the stalled Doha Round negotiations. The Doha constraints are more stringent, but notified support of major economies such as the United States and the European Union is already within the final Doha limits. How has this happened and what value would a Doha agreement have?

  • Date: 
    June 2, 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

    Evidence-Based Policymaking

    Challenges, Methods, and Innovations in Assessing Policy Influence

    Presenter(s): 
    Fred Carden, Director of the Evaluation Unit, International Development Research Centre, Canada; John Hoddinott, Senior Research Fellow & Deputy Director, Poverty Health and Nutrition Division, IFPRI; John Young, Deputy Director, Overseas Development Institute, UK
    Location: 

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

    Research is an important component in the policymaking process. High-quality, policy-oriented research can improve public policy in developing countries and have significant payoffs in terms of economic growth, hunger and poverty reduction, and other development goals. Thoroughly assessing this research is legitimate and in the interest of all stakeholders involved. However, drawing a direct line between research and the results of a complex policymaking process presents a significant challenge.