The State of Food & Agriculture 2012

The State of Food & Agriculture 2012

Investing in Agriculture for a Better Future.

Time: 12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EDT (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am)

Quantity or quality? When it comes to investment in agriculture, a growing number of development experts vote for the latter. While the conventional approach to reducing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition has long been investing more, new evidence shows that targeted, fully informed investment works better, according to the latest edition of theUN Food and Agriculture Organization 's (FAO) annual flagship report,The State of Food and Agriculture 2012: Investing in Agriculture for a Better Future. The report was launched in Rome in December, andIFPRI,FAO, and the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa are pleased to host theU.S.launch of this importantpublication.

Keith Wiebe and Sarah Lowder will provide a general overview of the report. Tewodaj Mogues, will present background work on the impacts and political economy drivers of public investments in agriculture. Michele McNabb will discuss models for inclusive and responsible investment in smallholderfarming.