The World Food Prize Foundation

Gender Equity & Equitable Livelihoods


October 21, 2021
9 a.m. CDT - 10:14 a.m. CDT (Des Moines, USA)

Providing women equitable access to resources such as financial services, education, nutrition, and health is needed now more than ever due to the disproportionate impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will shine the light on progress needed and the successes being modeled, so we can accelerate action towards achieving gender equity and advancing equitable livelihoods for women and all households.

Chandra Shekar Bhadsavle

Founder, Saguna Rural Foundation

Shekhar received his B.S. (Agriculture) and M.S. (Food Science) from UC Davis. After working in US five years, he returned to his family farm near Mumbai in 1976. His goals in India have been to bring more dignity to the farming profession. He is the recipient of several State, National... [ View ]

Jocelyn Brown Hall

Director of North America, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

Jocelyn Brown Hall is Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Liaison Office for North America based in Washington, DC. She joined the office on 14 June 2021. Prior to this role she served as the Deputy Regional Representative for the FAO Regional Office for... [ View ]

Beth Dunford

VP of Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank

Dr. Beth Dunford is African Development Bank’s Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development. She is responsible for the Bank’s strategy, lending and other activities in agriculture, water and sanitation, education, and health, as well as Bank-wide work on employment and gender equity. Dr. Dunford leads technical expertise for... [ View ]

Shachi Gurumayum

Head of Business Development, AgBiTech; Co-Founder, MaolKeki

Shachi grew up in a community of smallholder farmers and has nearly two decades of R&D and General Management experience in four continents. He currently heads Business Development for AgBiTech, a leader in the biologicals crop protection business. Shachi is a co-founder of the MaolKeki Foundation which is catalysing development in... [ View ]

Christopher Hegadorn

Secretary, Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

Chris Hegadorn is a retired U.S. diplomat whose career included 25 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and earlier positions in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service. He led the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Educational,... [ View ]

Gareth Johnstone

Director-General, WorldFish

Gareth Johnstone is Senior Director of Aquatic Food Systems, CGIAR, and Director General at WorldFish. A UK national, Gareth is a geographer with 25 years of professional experience in natural resource management and research, with an emphasis on governance, policy, capacity building and institutional development. He is an advocate for... [ View ]

Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins

President and CEO, PAI

Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins is President and Chief Executive Officer of PAI, a leading international non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the reproductive and sexual health and rights of communities around the world. Nabeeha brings 25 years of movement building, advocacy, and international development experience through her work in more... [ View ]

Jemimah Njuki

Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Dr. Jemimah Njuki is the Director for Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute and the Custodian for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021. She is also a Food Systems 2021 Champion. She has worked for over 20 years in gender equality and... [ View ]

Janie Simms Hipp

General Counsel, US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Janie Simms Hipp, J.D., LL.M was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden and subsequently confirmed by the United States Senate and is currently serving as the General Counsel for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). She is the first Native American woman to serve in that post in USDA’s... [ View ]

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