New leadership and vision at the FAO

I had the chance to meet with the new FAO Director General, José Graziano da Silva on January 16 in Rome, together with Dr. Marie Ruel, the Division Director of IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division. Dr. Graziano da Silva reiterated the key pillars of his mandate: targeting hunger, supporting sustainable food production and consumption >> Read more

Inspiring Two-Day Conference at Chatham House

I was very glad to participate in a stimulating conference on Transforming the Food Production System, from December 14-15 in London, United Kingdom. Over these two days, Chatham House, a leading UK think-tank brought together speakers from around the world to map-out opportunities and challenges for boosting agriculture in developing countries.

Food Security and Development: Engaging with the European Commissioner for Agriculture

Earlier last month, I was invited to give a keynote speech on global food security at the First Brussels High Level Lecture on Food Security and Development, in Belgium. This first of its kind event was organized by the Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS, KULeuven) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) with support from the European Commission (EC).

Looking at Food and Nutrition Security

At the International Conference on Food and Nutrition held recently in Beijing in China, I argued that in order to achieve better health and nutrition, the agenda for nutrition security needs to build on the linkages that exist between agriculture, health, and nutrition. In particular I proposed that a new agenda for nutrition security should build on the following four action principles: 1) fill the knowledge gaps; 2) do no harm; 3) seek out and scale up innovative solutions and 4) create an environment in which cooperation can thrive.

Welcoming Secretary Clinton to IFPRI

On August 11th 2011, Hillary Rodham Clinton, U. S. Secretary of State, visited IFPRI and delivered an address on the food security crisis in the Horn of Africa. In her inspiring address she emphasized the urgent needs of those affected by the current famine and the need for longer term interventions that rely on the research and analysis provided by organizations like ours to ensure food security in the region.

Leveraging Smallholder Agriculture for Development

Dr. Shenggen Fan discusses 7 priorities to leverage smallholder agriculture for development in a panel on Leveraging Investments in Food Security for Broader Development Impact at the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security organized by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Washington D.C. on May 24, 2011.