Archives for February 2011

Hans Rosling addresses conference participants, shows power of data animation

Video message from Hans Rosling presented at the IFPRI 2020 conference, "Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health," February 10 2010, New Delhi, India.

Hillary Clinton offers video remarks at 2020 Conference

Video remarks from US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, at the IFPRI 2020 Conference, "Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health," February 10, 2011, New Delhi, India.

Day One in Pictures

Inaugural session panel outlines challenges, charts way forward

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, at Inaugural Session

“We are standing face to face with some serious challenges: hunger, malnutrition, and poor health are denying billions of people the opportunity for a healthy, well-nourished, and productive life. Agriculture, which played a key role in feeding billions of poor in the world in the past, faces more volatile growing conditions due to changing climate and scarcer resources because of urbanization and population growth.”

So began tonight’s opening remarks by Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI. Dr. Fan went on to conclude that “all of our efforts—whether in agriculture, nutrition, or health—are inextricably linked. We are more likely to succeed in addressing the challenges if we understand these links and put them to work for people’s benefit.”

Dr. Fan was followed by H.E. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India. According to Dr. Singh, the conference’s central theme of “Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health” is of particular importance to India and many developing countries where the majority of the population depends on agriculture as its primary source of income. Dr. Singh pointed out that several studies in India have underscored a correlation between the agricultural productivity of a particular state and the nutritional status of its people, but warned that “malnutrition is a complex process in which habits regarding feeding the new born babies, maternal and child health, and also water quality are at least equally important.”
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IFPRI 2020 Conference in full launch!

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Participant booth at Knowledge Fair

Experience the IFPRI 2020 Conference virtually! You never have to miss a moment of the event through blog updates, live tweeting, plenary and parallel session recordings, and speakers’ uploaded powerpoints and summary notes.

Throughout all three days of the conference, the Knowledge Fair provides participants and non-participants with a unique venue to engage with key conference themes as well as each another. Located in the outdoor garden in Rani Bagh, the Fair will feature exhibitions booths, “Rapid Fire” presentations, and discussion “easels,” and informal discussion groups.

Even for those who could not attend the event, the electronic poster station, video viewing area, and literature hub will be available online. After the conference, check out presentation videos, photos of the discussion easels, and transcripts of the discussion group talks.

Get started now viewing videos and the presentation schedule at:

Three winners from around the globe selected for writing contest!

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Writing contest winner Anjeline Angeles

Anjeline Angeles, a 17-year-old from Antipolo City, Philippines is the author of an insightful essay that was chosen as the first place winner of IFPRI’s Youth Writing Contest. In her essay, Anjeline describes a powerful field trip to a farm that shaped her understanding of the struggles many impoverished farmers face and her dream of using agriculture and nutrition to overcome these struggles.

Runner up Nyasha Michel who was born in Zambia and lives in South Africa wrote a short story about a young girl interested in improving health through agriculture and better food. Hailing from Australia, the contest’s other runner-up Emily Harkness also used short story form to share her concerns about water as a diminishing resource.

IFPRI’s Youth Writing contest was held in preparation for the 2020 conference. Youth ages 14-18 were asked to submit a creative writing piece that answered the question “How can we use agriculture to produce more food, generate food of better quality, and improve people’s nutrition and health?” These essays were chosen out of entries received from over 20 countries around the globe.

To learn more about the winners and to read their winning essays, visit:

IFPRI 2020 Conference: The Way Forward, Briefs, and Papers

Get a sneak peak at the draft of the IFPRI 2020 Conference Way Forward Statement! This document points the way to some of the potential first steps in maximizing synergies between the three sectors to promote adequate food, good nutrition, good health, and sustainable agricultural growth. This is a living document, and we welcome your feedback before, during, and after the conference. Visit the conference website to leave your comments and respond to others’ comments , thus shaping the next version that will be released following the event.

Over 20 briefs and 8 papers have also been prepared to provide background material on some of the key issues that will be addressed during the conference. We hope that you enjoy them. These publications can be downloaded by selecting the publications tab on our conference website.