Past Events

  • Date: 
    May 17, 2010
    12:15pm - 1:45pm (light lunch served at 11:45am)

    The Dragon’s Gift: the Real Story of China in Africa

    Presenter(s): 
    Deborah Bräutigam, American University; Xiaobo Zhang, IFPRI; Shenggen Fan, IFPRI (Chair)
    Location: 

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

    Is China a rogue donor? Media reports about huge aid packages, land-grabbing, support for pariah regimes, regiments of Chinese labor, and the ruthless exploitation of workers and natural resources in some of the poorest countries in the world have sparked fierce debates. China's tradition of secrecy fuels rumors and speculation, making it difficult to gauge the risks and opportunities in China's growing embrace. This seminar will assess what China is doing and how the Chinese are doing it.

  • Date: 
    May 3, 2010
    12:15 pm – 1:45 pm You are invited to join us for a light lunch at beginning at 11:30 am

    Agricultural Price Distortions, Inequality, and Poverty

    Presenter(s): 
    Speakers: Kym Anderson, University of Adelaide and World Bank; Will Martin, World Bank; David Orden, IFPRI; Chairs: Justin Y. Lin, World Bank; Maximo Torero, IFPRI
    Location: 

    Westin Grand Hotel
    2350 M Street NW (23rd and M streets)
    Washington, DC

    Abstract

  • Date: 
    April 8, 2010
    12:15 pm – 1:45 pm. You are invited to join us for a light lunch beginning at 11:45 am

    The New Politics of Food & Farming

    Presenter(s): 
    Speaker: Robert Paarlberg, Wellesley College; Commentator: Regina Birner, IFPRI; Chair: Rajul Pandya-Lorch, IFPRI
    Location: 

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

  • Date: 
    April 7, 2010
    2:00 - 3.30 pm

    Alleviating the worst of poverty with water, resilience and innovation

    Presenter(s): 
    Claudia Ringler, IFPRI Senior Research Fellow; Alain Vidal, Director, CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food; Larry Harrington, Research Director, CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food; Amanda Harding; Management Team member, CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) aims to increase the resilience of social and ecological systems through better water management for food production. In its second research phase, from 2009-2013, it focuses on key water-for-food development challenges within large river basins of key importance for smallholder water and food security.

  • Date: 
    April 6, 2010
    12:00 - 2:00 pm

    WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Support

    Political Economy, Experience and Prospects for the EU, US and Japan

    Presenter(s): 
    David Orden, IFPRI; Yoshihisa Godo, Meiji Gakuin University; Bob Young, American Farm Bureau Federation
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

  • Date: 
    March 22, 2010 - March 24, 2010

    Fostering Growth and Reducing Poverty and Hunger in Asia and Latin America

    Opportunities for Mutual Learning and Cooperation

    Location: 

    Swissotel, Lima, Peru

    An International Conference hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Universidad del Pacifico

  • Date: 
    March 4, 2010
    12:15 pm – 1:45 pm. You are invited to join us for a light lunch at beginning at 11:45 am

    Creating Shared Value: The New Concept of Corporate Social Responsibility

    Presenter(s): 
    Speaker: Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman, Nestlé S.A.; Chair: Klaus von Grebmer
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    In the context of the most recent economic downturn, the role of business in society has come under increasing scrutiny. Moreover, models of corporate engagement that are more philanthropically oriented have been subject to mounting pressure. This Policy Seminar proposes a new approach, which replaces the more traditional descriptions of “corporate social responsibility” with “Creating Shared Value” - a concept initially developed by Harvard’s Professor Michael Porter and championed by Nestlé, a global leader in Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company.

  • Date: 
    February 23, 2010
    12:15 – 1:45pm (lunch will be served at 11:45am)

    Inequalities and Conflict

    Choosing Policies for Peace

    Presenter(s): 
    Speaker: Frances Stewart; Commentator: Regina Birner
    Location: 

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

    Abstract

    Violent conflict in multiethnic societies in the developing world is a pre-eminent problem of the 21st century. Horizontal inequalities among religious or ethnic groups, in political, social, economic or cultural dimensions, are an important catalyst of such conflicts. This seminar will identify policies to reduce such inequalities and discuss how to routinely incorporate them into the development agenda.

  • Date: 
    February 4, 2010
    12:30 -- 2:00 pm

    Better Rural Services through Decentralization?

    What are the Policy Options?

    Presenter(s): 
    Ehtisham Ahmad; Pranab Bardhan; James Manor; Dilip Mookherjee; Stephen N. Ndegwa. Opening Remarks: Shenggen Fan. Chairs: Regina Birner and Christian Henning
    Location: 

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

    A policy panel discussion in conjunction with the IFPRI-University of Kiel research workshop, “Inside the black box: The political economy of local governments and their role in rural development”

    Abstract

    Decentralization, by “bringing government closer to the people,” has a unique potential to improve the provision of public services, such as water, health, education, and agricultural extension, particularly in rural areas, which have long been neglected by central governments. Improving these services is crucial to reaching the Millennium Development Goals.

  • Date: 
    February 3, 2010 - February 4, 2010

    Inside the Black Box

    The political economy of local governments and their role in rural development

    Location: 

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

    Organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC and the University of Kiel (EU-E-VAL Project), Kiel, Germany

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