Promoting Responsible Agricultural Investments in Africa

The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars invite you to a dialogue on:

Promoting Responsible Agricultural Investments in Africa

Monday, October 22, 2012
2:00 – 4:00PM

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW – 6th Floor, Washington, D.C.

2:00PM     Welcome
• Steve McDonald, Director, Africa Program, Wilson Center

2:15PM     Panel I:  Perspectives from Mozambique on Responsible Investments in Agriculture. Moderator: Michele McNabb, President, Partnership to Cut Hunger & Poverty in Africa

• A Story of Two Contrasting Investments from  Mozambique – Dan Charles, NationalPublic Radio, Washington, D.C.

• Engaging Smallholder Farmers and Agribusinesses As Key Partners Along Value Chains –Carlos Moamba, USAID AgriFUTURO Project Mozambique

Question & Answer

3:00PM     Panel II:  Building Partnerships for Inclusive Investments. Moderator: Mima Nedelcovych, Partner, Schaffer Global Group

• Defining Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investments: Global Processes and Progress – Jordan Dey, Independent Consultant
• Forging Effective Public-Private Partnerships to Facilitate Responsible Agricultural Investments – Matthew Armah, COO, Millennium Development Authority (MiDA), Ghana
• Making New Private Sector Investments Work for African Agriculture – Njack Kane, CEO, Novel Commodities, Geneva
• Encouraging Responsible Private Sector Investments in the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition –Paul Weisenfeld, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, USAID

Question & Answer

4:00PM  Coffee and informal networking


The live webcast of the event will be available at:

October 24: Serving Up Justice Panel Discussion

 Serving Up Justice

“Integrating the concepts of Equity and Justice into the Sustainable Food Conversations”

A Panel Discussion Featuring:


Wednesday, October 24, 11:00am -12:30pm

McDowell Formal Lounge


Graduate Students: A Fantastic Opportunity in My Home State!

The City of Newark’s Sustainability Office works to make the environment of the city support long-term health, wealth, and opportunity for Newark residents, businesses, and institutions. We do this by supporting programs and activities that:

§     Improve public health and the quality of life
§     Reduce costs of living
§     Expand green jobs and business opportunities for Newark residents

We are seeking graduate students with an interdisciplinary background, an understanding of systems thinking and a passion for food justice to assist the Food Policy Director in the research of policies that will promote greater food access in the city of Newark and assist in the implementation of initiatives that will create a just and sustainable local food system.

1) Review and analyze pending local, state, and federal-food related policies and legislation and draft policy briefs for the Food Policy Director.

2) Conduct legal research and analysis within one or more of the issue areas listed below:

  • Urban agriculture
  • Public safety &food access
  • Employment opportunities in food enterprises
  • Community health and wellness

3) Support the creation of Newark’s Food Policy Council and its community-driven agenda

4) Conduct best practices research and analysis in order to identify national proven and promising policies and programs

  • Current graduate student in law, public policy, public health, social work, public administration or related field required. Joint degree students encouraged to apply.
  • Newark interest or experience: familiarity with community needs, resources, history, culture and values preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in social justice.
  • Community organizing experience.
  • Excellent analytic, verbal and writing skills.
  • Successful candidates will possess the requisite discipline, organization, and self-motivation to work independently.


Send a cover letter and resume to the Food Policy Director at and call (973) 733-4828. For further information about the City of Newark’s Sustainability Office please visit our website and follow us on Twitter @SustainableNwk.

Oct 24: Film and Food End of Season Event

Neighborhood Farm Initiative presents the spirited and whimsical documentary, Greenhorns, which explores the lives of America’s young farming community — its spirit, practices, and needs.

Join NFI on Wednesday, Ocotber 24 from 6:30-9:00 pm. There will be food prepared by Dangerously Delicious Pies!

Where: St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church

                 1525 Newton St NW

                 Washington, DC 20010

Follow the link to purchase tickets:

Food Mythbusters: The Real Story About What We Eat, Oct 20

Please join Small Planet’s Anna Lappé for a celebratory evening and sneak preview of new project Food Mythbusters:The Real Story About What We Eat. Can sustainable food feed the world and help heal the planet? Be the first to see the new film that takes on this question and dispels some of the biggest myths about our food – while enjoying a delicious, sustainable dinner cooked by students at Johns Hopkins University.

When:    Saturday, October 20 at 4:30PM
Where:   Charles Commons, Johns Hopkins University
How:       Tickets to the event are $5 at the door. Seats are limited, please RSVP.

Click here for the event information:

Oct. 15 World Bank Event: Can we Feed the World? One Billion Hungry with Sir Gordon Conway

“One Billion Hungry” explores the factors critical to our global food supply from the science of agriculture to the politics of food security. This discussion will address questions including: How will we feed a growing population in the face of formidable challenges? What contributions can social and natural science make? How can both government and private sector act to achieve impact in the lives of the poor?

Mon. October 15 at 12:00PM in J1-050 Auditorium

Details about the event:

Christopher Delgado
 Agriculture and Environmental Services Department, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank 
Mr. Delgado is Strategy and Policy Adviser for the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department at the World Bank, and leads the Department’s Agriculture and Environmental Economics and Policy Team that inter alia includes the Coordination Unit of the Global Agricultural and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and the Secretariat of the Global Food Crisis Response Program (GFRP). He was the World Bank focal point for food security issues in the Korean and French G20 Presidencies, and has assisted with this under the Mexican G20 Presidency. 

Professor Sir Gordon Conway
Professor of International Development, Imperial College, London 

Prof. Conway is a Professor of International Development at Imperial College, London and Director of Agriculture for Impact, a grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which focuses on European support of agricultural development in Africa. From 2005-2009 he was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for International Development. Previously he was President of The Rockefeller Foundation and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex.  


Madhur Gautam
Lead Economist, Agriculture and Rural Development, South Asia Region, World Bank
Mr. Gautam is the Lead Economist for Agriculture and Rural Development for the South Asia Region of the World Bank, engaged in analytical, strategy and policy work for the Region.  He has been in the Bank for over 20 years, and has worked in the Research Department, the Independent Evaluation Group, and the South Asia and Africa Regions involved in analytical work as well as operations.  

Michele McNabb
President, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa 

Mr. McNabb has led the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa since August 2011. An international development specialist with more than 20 years of experience in food security, agriculture, and strategic communications, Ms. McNabb has lived and worked extensively in Africa including nine years in Kenya and five years in Mozambique. She directs the Partnership’s efforts to encourage Africa-led, market-driven solutions to Africa’s food and nutrition challenges.

Michael Morris
Program Coordinator, Agriculture and Rural Development, Africa Region, World Bank
Mr. Morris is a Program Coordinator in the Africa Region Agriculture and Rural Development Unit (AFTAR). Currently based in Washington, he is a member of the team that manages the activities of about 90 professionals working on agriculture and rural development issues. In addition to his management responsibilities, he conducts applied research and is actively involved in lending operations. He is the lead author of several flagship studies, as well as a contributor to the 2008 World Development Report Agriculture for Development. His interests include agricultural strategy and policy formulation, farm-level productivity enhancement, marketing systems and value chain development, agricultural research and technology transfer, biotechnology, institutional strengthening, and capacity building.