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.

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