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Growth with Resilience: Opportunities in African Agriculture

Date: 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 10:00 - 11:30
Location:
APLU First Floor Conference Center
1307 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC
 

 
Join the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa for a presentation of the Montpellier Panel's new report:

 

Growth with Resilience: Opportunities in African Agriculture

 
Featuring

Sir Gordon Conway
Professor of International Development, Imperial College London
(DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION OR REPORT)

 
Welcome:
 
Peter McPherson
President, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
 
Discussants:
 
Kit Batten
Global Climate Change Coordinator, USAID
 
Julie Howard
Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, and Senior Adviser to the Administrator on Agricultural Research, Extension and Education, USAID
 
David Beckmann
President, Bread for the World
 
The latest report from the expert Montpellier Panel, Growth with Resilience, Opportunities in African Agriculture, lays out a vision of agricultural growth for Sub-Saharan Africa that is resilient—able to withstand and recover from stresses and shocks. The report offers specific recommendations for building resilient agriculture, resilient people, and resilient markets to inform discussions related to key policy events in 2012. It looks broadly at agriculture’s role in supporting green growth, food and nutrition security, ecosystem services, and climate change mitigation and adaptation, among other topics. The event will feature a presentation by the Montpellier Panel's Chair, Sir Gordon Conway.
 
The Montpellier Panel consists of ten experts from the fields of agriculture, sustainable development, trade, policy, and global development. It first convened at the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) in Montpellier in March 2010. Their first report, Africa and Europe: Partnerships for Agricultural Development, highlighted African priorities in agriculture and nutrition and makes recommendations for ensuring global food price stability and strengthening partnerships between Europe and Africa.
 
Sir Gordon Conway trained in agricultural ecology, attending the universities of Bangor, Cambridge, West Indies (Trinidad) and California (Davis). In the 1960s he was a pioneer of sustainable agriculture, developing integrated pest management programs for the State of Sabah in Malaysia. He joined Imperial College in 1970 setting up the Centre for Environmental Technology in 1976. In the 1970s and 1980s he lived and worked extensively in Asia and the Middle East, for the Ford Foundation, World Bank, and USAID. He directed the Sustainable Agriculture Programme at IIED and then became representative of the Ford Foundation in New Delhi. Subsequently he became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex and Chair of IDS. From 1998-2004 he was President of the Rockefeller Foundation and from 2004- June 2009 Chief Scientific Adviser to DFID and President of the Royal Geographical Society. He is a KCMG, Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex, Hon Fell RAEng and FRS. He holds five honorary degrees and fellowships. He is the author of The Doubly Green Revolution: Food for all in the 21st Century (Penguin and Cornell).
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