Inquiry on global food security: Testimony at the UK House of Commons

Today, I had the privilege of testifying to the International Development Committee of the UK House of Commons for the inquiry on Global Food Security. The purpose of the inquiry was to see how the global food system can ensure an end to hunger and to particularly look into the role that the UK should play. >> Read more

Integrating nutrition into the development agenda of ASEAN countries

At the end of January, I traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to take part in a high-level consultative meeting organized by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization on “Integrating Nutrition into ASEAN Food Security Framework and its Strategic Plan of Action for Food Security.” Despite significant advances >> Read more

The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland

Addressing the critical need to improve the strength of the global system, this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting was themed “Resilient Dynamism,” which took place in Davos, January 23 to 27—IFPRI will also be focusing on resilience as a theme this year. The 2013 Annual Meeting was a busy time for me, as I took part >> Read more

US Launch of the State of Food and Agriculture 2012

On January 22, I chaired the US launch of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report “The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2012: Investing in Agriculture for a Better Future,” hosted by IFPRI, FAO, and the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa. Speaking at the launch was Keith Wiebe, Deputy >> Read more

The German International Green Week to advance the global agricultural development and food security agenda

I recently traveled to Berlin, Germany on January 17 to 19 where I took part in several high-level events organized around International Green Weekwhich focused on timely topics critical to advancing global agricultural development and food security. The International Green Week Berlin is a unique exhibition for the food, agriculture, and horticulture industries and hosts >> Read more

Tough policy choices among agriculture, food, nutrition, and the environment: Reflections from my recent trip to India

I recently visited several organizations and government agencies throughout India to discuss the challenges and opportunities the country currently faces. India is at a crossroads. Policy debates are ongoing between the need for agricultural growth, improved food security, better nutrition and health, and natural resource protection. There is a need for evidence based policy options >> Read more