Past Events

  • 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.

  • Date: 
    May 17, 2011
    15:00 - 17:30 p.m

    Launch of IFPRI Office for West and Central Africa

    Location: 

    Dakar, Senegal

    The IFPRI West and Central Africa Office will host an official opening ceremony at its new premises in Dakar, Senegal, on May 17, 2011. This event will bring together a broad range of participants, including dignitaries from the governments of Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria; representatives from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), other CGIAR centers in West Africa, subregional research organizations, and professional organizations; and members of Senegal’s academic, development, and private sector community.

  • Date: 
    May 10, 2011 - May 11, 2011

    Economic Transformation in Africa

    Location: 

    Accra, Ghana

    Cosponsored by IFPRI and the University of Ghana

    Many African countries are currently undergoing a major transformation in economic structure and location of economic activity, from rural agriculture-based economies to more diversified economies with much larger urban industrial and service sectors. This transition tends to go hand in hand with economic development. However, there is a growing controversy over whether rapid urbanization should be encouraged or prevented.

  • Date: 
    April 20, 2011

    Climate Change, Price Volatility, and Food Security

    Perspectives from Southeast Asia

    Location: 

    Jakarta, Indonesia

    International workshop organized by IFPRI and hosted by the Indonesian National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction and Ministry of Agriculture

  • Date: 
    April 14, 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

    Leveraging Agriculture to Improve Human Nutrition

    Prospects for Golden Rice

    Presenter(s): 
    Howarth Bouis, Director, HarvestPlus (a joint IFPRI/CIAT initiative); Peter Beyer, Professor, Department of Cell Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany; Gerard Barry, Golden Rice Project Leader, International Rice Research Institute; Adrian Dubock, Project Director, Golden Rice.
    Location: 

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

    PLEASE NOTE CHANGES TO PROGRAM

    Dr. Ingo Potrykus and Dr. S. R. Rao regret that they will be unable to join the seminar due to extenuating circumstances. The revised program is given in the abstract below.

    Abstract

  • Date: 
    April 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.

    African Agricultural Research and Development

    Progress, Challenges, Opportunities

    Presenter(s): 
    Nienke Beintema, IFPRI; Eugene Terry, WARDA (Ret.); Greg Traxler, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    Location: 

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

  • Date: 
    February 10, 2011 - February 12, 2011

    Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health

    Location: 

    New Delhi, India

    How can the potential of agriculture be unleashed to reduce malnutrition and ill health?