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What Kinds of Social Safety Net Transfers Work Best for the Rural Ultra Poor?

19 May, 2015 17:55
Time:  9:30-3:35 Location: 

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Abstract

On Tuesday, May 26, The Safety Net Transfer Modality Research Initiative (TMRI), jointly implemented by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), will organize a seminar to present the final findings of the research.

Through this research, ultra-poor rural women with small children received food, cash, and nutrition behavior change communication (BCC) training in various combinations. Under the initiative, 4,000 ultra-poor women and their 21,600 family members in the north-western and southern regions of Bangladesh received a monthly transfer for 24 months from May 2012 to April 2014. The objective of the research was to generate definitive evidence on which transfer modalities work best for the ultra-poor in rural Bangladesh and determine their impact on household income, food security, and child nutrition.

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Categories: external events

Achieving Food Security in Africa South of the Sahara Through Food Value Chains

18 May, 2015 19:34
Time:  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. Presenter(s):  Moderator: Rajul Pandya-Lorch, IFPRI | Welcome: Astrid Jakobs de Pádua, German Embassy | Liberata Mulamula, Tanzanian Ambassador to the US (TBC) | Speakers: Khamaldin Mutabazi, Sokoine University of Agriculture SUA in Morogoro, Tanzania | Ephraim Nkonya, IFPRI | Stefan Sieber, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research ZALF Contact/RSVP: 

RSVP to Simone Hill-Lee - s.hill-lee@cgiar.org, 202-862-8107.

Location: 

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

This seminar will present findings of food and nutrition security research projects in Africa south of the Sahara (SSA) funded by German federal ministries. The presentations will highlight results of the projects, share success stories of food value chains, and outline key policies required to achieve food and nutrition security through the value chain approach.

Stefan Sieber will present an overview of German research programs and related projects conducted in SSA. Khamaldin Mutabazi and Ephraim Nkonya will present empirical evidence of both success stories and challenges of the value chain approach in Tanzania, as well as discuss policies that enhance or pose challenges for market development in SSA.

Categories: external events

Exposing Hidden Hunger

14 May, 2015 16:54
Time:  9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT Contact/RSVP: 

Washington, DC: Register to attend the HelpMeViz 2015 Vizathon at the Washington, DC site
San Francisco: Register to attend the HelpMeViz 2015 Vizathon at the San Francisco site.

Location: 

Bread for the World
425 3rd Street Southwest

Suite 1200

Washington, DC 20024

On Saturday, May 30th, Bread for the World Institute and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), partnering with HelpMeViz, will organize a Vizathon to bring together a variety of professionals to find better ways of using data to tell the story of Hidden Hunger.

The event aims to bring coders, data scientists, researchers, and data visualizers together to help address two important data visualization challenges:

Challenge 1: Exposing Hidden Hunger
Challenge 2: How Hunger is Feeding an Obesity Pandemic

The event will be live blogged on HelpMeViz, and participants from the Washington, DC and San Francisco sites will be able to collaborate via livestream. We invite interested people all over the world to lend their voices and their skills to these challenges. Data will be made available when the event begins, and visualizations, conversations, and comments from both coasts and globally will be posted to the site in real time.

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It Is Time

28 Apr, 2015 20:16
Time:  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.

Presenter(s):  Moderator: John McDermott, A4NH, IFPRI | Panel: Mark Blackden, World Bank (Ret.) | Krista Jacobs, USAID Bureau for Food Security | Deborah Johnston, SOAS, University of London & Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) Contact/RSVP: 

RSVP to Simone Hill-Lee - s.hill-lee@cgiar.org, 202-862-8107.

Location: 

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

Agricultural development plays a role in improving nutrition. However, time spent on agricultural interventions and practices—especially by women— competes with time needed for resting, childcare, and food preparation, and can have unintended negative consequences for a family’s nutrition.

What interventions are needed to alleviate this additional burden?

Related Resources

This policy seminar will present key findings from a systematic review on agriculture, gendered time use, and nutrition by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) and IFPRI, and will offer a discussion of policy implications and suggested interventions based on the evidence.

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Addressing the Challenges to Ending Global Hunger

7 Apr, 2015 15:47
Time:  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.

Presenter(s):  Elizabeth Buckingham, Secretary's Office of Global Food Security, US Department of State | Shenggen Fan, IFPRI | Rick Leach, World Food Program USA | Moderated by: Roger Thurow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Contact/RSVP: 

RSVP to Simone Hill-Lee - s.hill-lee@cgiar.org, 202-862-8107.

Location: 

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

Today there are 805 million chronically undernourished people in our world. While this figure is far too high, it also reflects great progress. In the past decade alone, extreme poverty has been cut in half and 100 million people have escaped from hunger—a result of the combined efforts of governments, civil society organizations, world leaders, and especially hungry people themselves. The 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI) and 2015 Roadmap Policy Brief both examine the current state of global hunger and discuss strategies that will help improve U.S. policies and enable global hunger and malnutrition targets to be met.

Related Publications

This panel will discuss the GHI and Policy Brief’s findings as well as successes and failures in hunger reduction and the use of smart strategies which aim to make food insecurity a problem of the past. The presentations will include a call to action for the audience to support and advocate for the four main Roadmap Recommendations.

Categories: external events

Launch of IFPRI's 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report

6 Mar, 2015 18:42
Time:  4:30 pm to 5:15 pm EDT (Please join us for a reception immediately following the event); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

Presenter(s):  Overview: Shenggen Fan, IFPRI | Video Message Ertharin Cousin, WFP, with introduction by Jon Brause, WFP | Data and Survey Highlights - Gwendolyn Stansbury and Andrea Pedolsky, IFPRI | Moderated by Rajul Pandya-Lorch, IFPRI Contact/RSVP: 

RSVP to Simone Hill-Lee - s.hill-lee@cgiar.org, 202-862-8107

Location: 

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

The 2014–2015 Global Food Policy Report, IFPRI’s flagship publication, puts into perspective the major food policy issues, developments, and decisions in 2014 and highlights challenges and opportunities for 2015. The report calls for a renewed focus on middle-income countries, which are home to the majority of the world’s hungry and malnourished. It also covers other issues that are integral to achieving food and nutrition security, including sanitation, family farming, social protection, food safety, conflicts, and aquaculture.

More information

Shenggen Fan will present an overview of the report, Ertharin Cousin will reflect on the role of middle-income countries in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, and Gwendolyn Stansbury will present data visualizations of key food policy indicators and the results of a global opinion poll.

2014-2015 GFPR Resources
Categories: external events

IFPRI Roundtable on Next Harvest II

12 Feb, 2015 16:31
Time:  12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST (please join us at 11:45 am for a light lunch)

Presenter(s):  Judy Chambers, Director, Program for Biosafety Systems, IFPRI | Patricia Zambrano, Senior Research Analyst, IFPRI | Virginia Kimani, Lead Consultant, Pesticides and Agricultural Resource Centre | Sylvia Uzochukwu, Professor of Food Microbiology and Biotechnology, Biosafety Specialist, Faculty of Science, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti | Muffy Koch, Global Biosafety Specialist | Geofrey Ariaitwe, Plant Genetic Engineer, National Plant Biotechnology Center, National Agricultural Research Laboratories | Jose Falck-Zepeda, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI. Contact/RSVP: 

Please contact Pilar Rickert (202 862-4647; p.rickert@cgiar.org) to RSVP for the live event or for the webinar login information.

Location: 

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

IFPRI’s 2014 report “GM Technologies for Africa: A State of Affairs” identified the lack of standardized and uniformly collected biotech data as a main constraint in assessing the overall state of Africa’s agricultural biotechnology capacity and in the ability to draw policy recommendations regarding countries’ strengths and needs. IFPRI designed and implemented Next Harvest II, a John Templeton funded initiative that gathered detailed information for four of the leading biotechnology countries in Africa: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda. The information collected has enabled the systematic evaluation of the status of African biotechnologies in these countries. A panel of participants will give an overview of the results for each country, highlighting their differences and similarities, and will discuss the capacity of the biotechnology innovation system to produce and deliver these technologies, the opportunities and challenges faced, and will give policy recommendations to address current limitations.

Go-to-Meeting available for those unable to join the meeting in Washington, DC. Please contact Pilar Rickert (p.rickert@cgiar.org) for more information.

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Categories: external events

Why is Ending Hunger So Hard?

10 Feb, 2015 17:13
Time:  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.

Presenter(s):  Chair: Gwendolyn Stansbury, IFPRI | Speaker: Peter Timmer, Center for Global Development and Harvard University Contact/RSVP: 

RSVP to Simone Hill-Lee - s.hill-lee@cgiar.org, 202-862-8107

Location: 

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

Ending hunger is difficult because it is a lengthy process that requires sustained policy attention and public resources at the same time that private markets are the arena for nearly all the decisions that matter. Central to this process is the food system, both as a key element of structural transformation and where many of the poor make their living. Without a stable food system that minimizes volatility, countries cannot sustain rapid economic growth, as citizens and investors need to feel confident that food will be reliably available and affordable in rural and urban markets.

More information

Presentation

Peter Timmer will share his thoughts on the right mix of market forces and government interventions to drive a process of economic growth that reaches the poor and ensures that food supplies are available and accessible to all. He will also share highlights from his new book, "Food Security and Scarcity: Why Ending Hunger Is So Hard"(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).

Categories: external events

Perspectives on Energy, Water, and Agriculture

3 Feb, 2015 20:35
Time:  12:15 pm to 1:30 pm EST (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

Presenter(s):  Welcome: Mark Rosegrant, Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division (EPTD), IFPRI | Speaker: Bill Ritter, Jr., former Governor of Colorado and founder and director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University | Panel: Siwa Msangi, Senior Research Fellow, EPTD, IFPRI | Charles North, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3) | Claudia Ringler, Deputy Division Director, EPTD, IFPRI | Alain Vidal, Strategy Director a.i. & Senior Partnerships Advisor for the CGIAR Consortium | Kerri Wright Platais, Program Head for Scientific and Technical Partnerships in Africa, IFPRI. Contact/RSVP: 

RSVP to Simone Hill-Lee - s.hill-lee@cgiar.org, 202-862-8107

Location: 

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

Expanding access to clean energy in low-income countries is key to development efforts. Taking innovative ideas found in U.S. research institutions and translating and scaling these innovations to meet the demand of developing country partners is essential if we are to make a global difference toward a carbon-neutral world. Identifying means by which clean energy technology can be used to intensify agricultural production is an important challenge to meet.

Former Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. will speak from his experience working both domestically and internationally with legislators, regulators, planners, and policymakers to make clean energy a reality and focus on the major issues and opportunities both in the U.S. and in developing countries. A panel of experts will join Governor Ritter to explore the nexus between clean energy, water and agriculture, and share their thoughts on ways to ramp up partnerships–working across sectors–and apply cutting edge technologies to tackle some of our greatest development challenges.

Categories: external events