Food (In)Security – Food, Agriculture, and Development

Improving food security through empowering women and changing global food supply

In our fourth event of the series, Catherine Bertini, Professor of Public Administration and International Relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and former Chief Executive of the United Nations World Food Program, joins Christopher Delgado, Program Manager of the Global Agricultural and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and of the Global Food Crisis Response Program (GFRP) at the World Bank to consider agriculture, rural development, and sustainability as they relate to global food security.

Catherine Bertini
“Improving Food Security: Empowering Women and Girls”
As population increases, agriculture production will need to increase as much as 70 percent, and much of the production must occur where growth is most dramatic. Thus it is critical to secure that those involved in agriculture have the tools and education they need – and the industry’s primary workers in Africa and Asia are women and girls.

120515-bertiniCatherine Bertini is Professor of Public Administration and International Relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  She is a leader in public sector management, international organizations, humanitarian relief, agricultural development, gender programming, and nutrition policy.  Her career spans public service at international, national, state, and local levels and includes university teaching and leadership roles in private and non-profit sectors. She was the driving force behind reform of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), where she was the Chief Executive for ten years. Professor Bertini is the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate and, in 2007, was awarded the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition. Currently she is co-chair of  the Global Agricultural Development Initiative of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, Chair of its Girls in Rural Economies Initiative, and co-chair of its U.S. Agriculture and Food Policy. For two years, she was Senior Fellow, Agricultural Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Christopher Delgado
“Issues in Global Food Supply Affecting Food Security”
Food security appropriately embodies notions of physical and economic access, nutrition, health, and food safety.  Yet adequate global food supply is a necessary even if clearly not a sufficient condition of food security; this presentation will focus only on changing supply-side issues.  Variations in global food supply and prices are increasingly relevant under globalization to potential variation in local food supply and local food prices.  Structural changes in the production, marketing, and use of cereals in particular have boosted price variability and uncertainty in global food markets in recent years, and seem likely to be here for a while, creating significant food security problems for years to come.  Not surprisingly, policies in many countries attempt to shield local food prices from global variation in prices of food staples.  Such policies are typically partial measures at best and often shift the burden of market adjustment to those countries and persons that can least afford to reduce food intake.  Christopher Delgado will review key changes in global and local cereal markets and the gamut of policy responses in developing countries to the very different 2008 and 2010 cereal price spikes.  He will go on to review options that are or might be available for better mitigating negative impacts on the food security of the poor and promoting adaptation to new realities.

120515-delgadoChristopher Delgado is Strategy and Policy Adviser for Agriculture at the World Bank, and Program Manager of the Global Agricultural and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and of the Global Food Crisis Response Program (GFRP). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University. A former United States Peace Corps Volunteer (Chad), university researcher (University of Michigan), and part-time teacher (Johns Hopkin’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies), he came to the Bank in 2006 from nearly 27 years at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).  He has lived and worked widely in Europe, Africa, and Asia, and has published extensively in a number of languages.

This event is co-sponsored with the Harris School of Public Policy and University Communications.

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