International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security, and Nutrition in Eurasia and Moscow launch of the 2017 Global Food Policy Report

The International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security, and Nutrition in Eurasia featuring the 2017 Global Food Policy Report will take place at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Economics Department, on May 26, 2017. The conference is organized by the MSU’s Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the World Bank, and two IFPRI-led CGIAR research programs: Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) and Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). Financial support for the conference is provided by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.

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Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute, will present the 2017 Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI’s flagship report reviews the major food policy issues, developments, and decisions of 2016, and highlights challenges and opportunities for 2017 at the global and regional levels. This year’s report looks at the impact of rapid urban growth on food security and nutrition, and considers how food systems can be reshaped to benefit both urban and rural populations. In his presentation, Dr. Fan will focus on key highlights and reflections from the report relevant for the CIS countries. Ms. Eugenia Serova, Director of the FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation and Dr. Vasiliy Uzun, professor at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) are invited as discussants for the session. Russian translations of the report’s summary and the chapter about Central Asia will be freely available at the event.

Other sessions will cover the topics of:

  • Economic integration, labor migration, agricultural policy, and food security in Eurasia
  • Agriculture, food, and nutrition security in Eurasia: policy challenges, issues, and research priorities
  • Challenges, issues, and opportunities of applied policy research on food security and nutrition in Eurasia

Please see the current agenda in English and Russian.

If you’d like to participate in the conference, please register here before May 22.

 Note: Participation is free for all registered applicants but you’ll need to pay for your travel and accommodation unless you have been invited by one of the organizers.

If you have questions about participation in the conference, please contact:

  • Jarilkasin Ilyasov (j.ilyasov@cgiar.org, IFPRI, Washington D.C.)
  • Anton Strokov (strokov@ecfs.msu.ru, ECFS, Moscow)
  • Anna Buyvolova (abuyvolova@worldbank.org, The World Bank, Moscow)

Media accreditation: Evgeniya Anisimova (e.anisimova@cgiar.org)

Read our post-event blog Research and data for food security and nutrition: Building food policy research capacity in Eurasia


About organizers 

The Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS) of the Lomonosov Moscow State University seeks to promote food security in Central Asia and South Caucasus. Established in 2011, the Center provides expertise and analysis, runs educational programs, and coordinates intergovernmental research and development projects. ECFS works in partnership with leading international and Russian research and development organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Bank, research centers and programs of  the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), International Foundation for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), Central Asia and Caucasus Association of Agricultural Research Institutes (CACAARI), Dokuchayev Soil Institute, the Russian Agricultural Economic Research and Development Institute, and others. www.ecfs.msu.ru/en

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI was established in 1975 to identify and analyze alternative national and international strategies and policies for meeting the food needs of the developing world, with particular emphasis on low-income countries and on the poorer groups in those countries. www.ifpri.org

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries. Its five institutions share a commitment to reducing poverty, increasing shared prosperity, and promoting sustainable development. www.worldbank.org

The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), helps realize the potential of agricultural development to deliver gender-equitable health and nutritional benefits to the poor. The program seeks to ensure that agricultural practices, interventions, and policies will maximize health and nutrition benefits, while reducing health risks. www.a4nh.cgiar.org

The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) leads action-oriented research to equip decision makers with the evidence required to develop food and agricultural policies that better serve the interests of poor producers and consumers, both men and women. Led by the International Food Policy Research Institute, PIM combines the resources of all CGIAR research centers and numerous international, regional, and national partners. www.pim.cgiar.org

A4NH and PIM support IFPRI's Central Asia Research and Capacity Strengthening Program that works in close collaboration with the ECFS and other partners in the Eurasian region. The Central Asia Program is part of the PIM’s research portfolio under the topic of Economywide Factors Affecting Agricultural Growth and Rural Transformation.