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Upcoming Events


Symposium on African Agriculture and Poverty Reduction
Date: April 20 - 22, 2011
Location: Kigali, Rwanda


The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa
Date: April 22, 2011
Location: The World Bank Preston Auditorium, Washington, D.C.
African agriculture is at the crossroads, with persistent food shortages compounded by new threats from climate change. But despite these challenges the lecture argues that future prospects look promising and the continent can feed itself in a decade. Drawing from his new book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, the author identifies three major opportunities that can help transform Africa’s agriculture into a force for sustained economic renewal: unprecedented advances in science and technology and related investments in human capacity; rapid expansion of regional markets and private sector activities; and the rise of new crop of entrepreneurial leaders dedicated to the continent’s economic improvement and improved governance.


The Atlantic Food Summit
Date: April 26, 2011
Location: Washington D.C.
The Atlantic's annual Food Summit uses a full-day forum to explore topics such as consumer behavior, health & nutrition, and sustainable agriculture.


CropLife America National Policy Conference: Lost in Translation? Deciphering the Discourse on Modern Agriculture
Date: May 12, 2011
Location: Washington D.C.
The CropLife America National Policy Conference will bring together leading experts in the fields of agriculture, food safety and security, agricultural technology and policy to offer highly diverse perspectives and engage in frank discussions on all issues facing modern agriculture. Our Master of Ceremonies will again be Marc Gunther, contributing editor at FORTUNE magazine and a senior writer at who has appeared on NBC, ABC, CNN and NPR.


Second World Conference of Humanitarian Studies
Date: June 2nd – June 5th, 2011
Location: Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA

Humanitarian crises and the responses they trigger are evolving rapidly. This conference looks at the opportunities and threats for addressing these crises, as well as at the strengths and weaknesses of the actual responses. The conference provides a unique forum for both scholars and practitioners to present research and debate these issues. In particular, the conference focuses on four broad themes: Emerging from protracted crises; New Directions in Policy; Innovations in Humanitarian Practice; Advances in Public Health and Food Security in Crises.


Cracking the Nut Conference: Overcoming Obstacles to Rural and Agricultural Finance
Date: June 20st – 21nd, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

Rural and Agricultural Finance have long been considered tough nuts to crack. The Cracking the Nut Conference will unite the world’s leading rural and agricultural finance leaders in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage and large scale change. To share about your work and what you have been doing to crack these nuts, please
submit a proposal to lead a session at the conference. The deadline for submitting a proposal is Monday, February 28, 2011. This conference is aimed at practitioners, private sector professionals, policymakers, funders, researchers, and other rural and agricultural finance professionals. For more information visit:


AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture
Date: June 21, 2011
Location: AAAS HeadquatersWashington, D.C.

Dr. Ronald conducts internationally acclaimed research on the role genes play in plants’ response to the environment. Her laboratory has genetically engineered rice for resistance to diseases and flooding. Dr. Ronald is co-author of the book Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food, which examines the compatibility of genetically modified crops and organic agriculture. The book was praised in Science for its “clear, rational approach that presents a balance that is sorely needed in our increasing polarized world.”


The World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony
Date: June 21, 2011
Location: Washington, D.C.

This event is held annually in June to announce the winner of the prestigious World Food Prize. This event will bring increased awareness and attention to the issues of global food security, agriculture and science. Recent speakers at the event have included U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah, among others. Mark your calendar, and check to learn about this year's honorees.


Food Security, Health and Impact Conference
Date: June 22nd – June 24th, 2011
Location: Leeds, United Kingdom

The Africa College, a research partnership between IITA, ICIPE and University of Leeds is holding an international conference to share lessons on translating research results into impact for food security, nutrition and human health. The conference includes knowledge brokering sessions and workshops and is asking two questions: How can the results of basic science and inter-disciplinary research lead to increased impact on food security and human health?; and, How can partnerships between research and development organisations deliver innovation and impact? Sponsorship for African participants is available. For more details see:


World Food Prize 25th Anniversary
Date: October 12th – 14th, 2011
Location: Des Moines, IA

Twenty-five years ago, Norman Borlaug's dream of creating an annual award to recognize and inspire breakthrough achievements in increasing the quality, quantity and availability of food came true. The World Food Prize was founded. This year, we are thrilled to announce that the events will also include the Grand Opening of the Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates, a permanent home for the World Food Prize and an event center and educational facility to honor humanitarian heroes and inspire the next generation of scientific leaders.


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