Conference

Sustainable Agricultural Growth in Nepal: Challenges, Opportunities and Options

Sustainable agricultural growth is critical to ensure food and nutrition security in a country like Nepal. Agriculture still contributes about one-third to the country’s GDP and provides direct livelihood to two-third of its population. However, the agriculture sector faces several challenges in Nepal which includes low productivity, high instability, shocks due to climate change, lack of adequate infrastructure and investment.  This conference is being organized to address the challenges and explore possible options for sustainable and accelerated agriculture growth. 

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Conference

Pulses for Sustainable Agriculture and Human Health

Global demand for pulses is rapidly increasing. Pulses are emerging as ‘future food’ in developed and many African countries. For South Asia region, pulses are traditionally important food commodities and cheap sources of protein. The region is now experiencing shortages of pulses and causing increase in imports. The challenge is to increase pulses production efficiently not only to meet the domestic requirement in the region but also supply for new consumers in developed and African countries.

Celebrating the International Year of Pulses 2016, the two day conference is spread across the themes:

  • Theme 1: Pulses production, consumption and environmental services
  • Theme 2: Pulses prices and markets
  • Theme 3: Policies and institutions
  • Theme 4: Pulses for human health
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Special Event

Cairo Launch of IFPRI’s 2016 Global Food Policy Report

Speaker:

Panelists:

  • Sherine Al-Shawarby, Professor and Vice Dean for Community Affairs and Environment Development, Faculty of Economics and Political Science / Cairo University
  • Jacinto Fabiosa, Leader of the Trade and Investment Team, USAID/Egypt
  • Magued Osman, CEO, The Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera) & Editor and Lead Author of 2016 Egypt Human Development Report (HDR)
  • Dorte Verner, Lead Agriculture Economist, World Bank

Moderator:

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Press Release

Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean “Well Placed” to Feed Growing Global Population Due to Increased Investment in Agricultural Research

Brazil, the world’s second-largest provider of food, accounts for more than half of agriculture R&D spending in the region, with Argentina and Mexico completing the top three

Central American countries, Caribbean island nations, and poorer Andean countries…

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Seed Systems and Markets

Systems and markets that provide farmers with access to seeds and planting materials lie at the heart of efforts to boost agricultural productivity and improve rural livelihoods in many developing countries. Seeds are the very embodiment of modern science – they represent the efforts of farmers and scientists to select and breed for desirable traits such as yield, pest and disease resistance, tolerance to abiotic stresses, and quality attributes preferred by consumers and other actors in the value chain. Seeds are also a hotly contested space: public, private, and civil society actors involved…

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