Economic transformation, but also food secure? Reflections from a trip to West Africa

I was just in Dakar, Senegal for the semi-annual IFPRI Board of Trustees meeting. While I was there, I also took part in several events aimed at advancing agricultural and economic transformation in West Africa. On May 15, IFPRI, together with the Faculty of Economics and Management at Cheikh Anta Diop University and the Senegalese >> Read more

Advancing agricultural transformation in Africa

At the end of April, together with Ousmane Badiane, Director of IFPRI’s Africa Regional Office, I visited several countries in Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa, talking with key institutions and decision makers about major food and nutrition security issues.  I am pleased to see much progress has been made in agriculture and food production, but >> Read more

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.