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.

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.

Building on the New Role of Agriculture

A lot of focus has been given, in the past couple of years, to how agriculture can have impacts that go beyond economic growth and poverty reduction, to include better health and nutrition and even building resilience to climate change and conflict. In the special “Feeding the World” issue of Theory and Praxis, Clemens Breisinger, Research Fellow at IFPRI and I, discuss the new role of agriculture and recommend how development assistance and national government expenditures can adapt to this new role.

The New Role of the Agriculture and Food Sectors in Asia

On June 28, 2011, Dr. Shenggen Fan - Director General of IFPRI was invited to give a presentation at the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines, on the new role of the agriculture and food sectors in Asia. The following key issues were discussed: Food security in Asia is under stress Agriculture needs to adapt >> Read more

Agriculture and Global Food Security

Presentation by Shenggen Fan at USAID in Washington D.C. on June 6, 2011, looks at the New Role of Agriculture in responding to Global Food Security Challenges and Opportunities, in particular at smallholder lead growth, climate change adaptation and mitigation, conflict resilience and narrowing gender gaps.