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Agriculture Research and Technology in South Asia

Agriculture Research and Technology in South Asia

Tuesday, February 7, 2006 from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., in MC10-850

Presentation by

Per Pinstrup-Andersen
Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy
Cornell University

Chair: Praful Patel, Vice President South Asia Region

In the last decades agriculture in South Asia has undergone considerable change. Although many poor households are still at risk, most countries have achieved food self-sufficiency and are now facing new challenges and opportunities. In this seminar, Per Pinstrup-Andersen will provide a brief overview of the contributions of past agricultural research to food security and nutrition improvements in South Asia. He will then proceed to identify unresolved science-related issues and challenges for the future. The seminar will conclude with a review of the newly approved CGIAR research priorities, how they link with regional research priorities for South Asia and what role the Bank can play in supporting agricultural research for development.

Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen is also Professor of Development Economics at The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen and Distinguished Professor at Wageningen University. He is currently the Chair of the Science Council of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the President of the American Agricultural Economics Association. Dr. Pinstrup-Andersen is one of the global leaders in the field of agricultural development and was awarded the World Food Prize in 2001. He was formerly the Director-General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC.

Pesentation: Agriculture Research and Technology in South Asia

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