Agricultural development: Smart investing for global food security


by PIM | April 19, 2018

This expert panel discussion will take place on Monday, Apr 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT at Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W. Washington, DC

While rural people hold the key to realizing a future without hunger and poverty in the developing world, rural farmers remain disproportionately poor and food insecurity is rising in many countries. For this reason, multilateral intervention in support of food security and nutrition is vital.

The most enduring solutions for feeding people and reducing extreme poverty in low-income countries entail efforts that empower rural farmers to increase their productive capacities. The goal of doubling of small-holder productivity is targeted in the Sustainable Development Goals. This objective can only be achieved by mobilizing more resources. On April 23, a panel of experts will discuss the issues and constraints such efforts entail. IFAD’s President Gilbert F. Houngbo will explain how his organization can scale up contributions and impact aimed at improving the lives of the world’s rural people. Other panelists will discuss the changes in institutions, markets, and investment necessary to underpin the delivery of food and jobs by transforming agrifood systems in the developing world.


  • Johannes F. Linn, Nonresident Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development, Brookings Inst.


  • Gilbert F. Houngbo, President - International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Karen Brooks, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets led by the International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Julie Howard, Senior Adviser - Global Food Security Project, Center for Strategic & International Studies. Senior adviser to the associate provost and dean for international studies and programs -Michigan State University

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