Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty is this year’s theme for World Food Day 2015 on October 16. Agriculture and food security experts from across CGIAR will participate in a global campaign highlighting the role of agricultural research and projects on social protection prior to that day. Development leaders will appear live on Periscope, which will be available to watch after the broadcast.
On Thursday 15 October at 15:00 EST time , tune in to hear Karen Brooks, director of the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), discuss how social protection interventions designed to reduce poverty and build human capital can contribute to innovative policy and transformation of agricultural markets. Her remarks will be based on recently released ex-post impact assessment review, commissioned by PIM and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) of IFPRI’s social protection research program for the period 2000–2012. The report and accompanying brief are now available online and can be useful for researchers, partners and stakeholders interested in social protection research and programs in developing countries.
Prior to PIM she worked for the World Bank for more than 20 years, primarily on agricultural development in Africa, Europe, and Central Asia. For the last 10 years of her tenure at the World Bank, she managed analytical and operational programs in the Africa Region. Brooks has published on issues related to price and land policy in countries transitioning from planned to market economies, and on challenges of youth employment in Africa South of the Sahara.
Have questions on how well designed social protection policies change policy and break the cycle of rural poverty? Send your questions via twitter to @PIM_CGIAR using the hashtags #WFD2015 AND #CGIAR. Your questions will be answered during our live broadcast.
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Photo on local market goods in Indonesia © 2011 Dani Bradford/IFPRI