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2016 Side Events

USDA-USAID 2016 International Food Assistance and Security Conference - Day 2: Working Together to Address Issues that Transcend Borders

10/11/2016 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Des Moines Marriott Hotel
(202) 720-4233

Title: USDA-USAID 2016 International Food Assistance and Security Conference – Des Moines, Iowa

Event Description: The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development will host the International Food Security Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, October 10-11. The conference, to be held in conjunction with World Food Prize events, will bring together public- and private-sector partners to discuss issues and challenges related to delivering programs to alleviate hunger and promote long-term food security throughout the world. A full conference agenda and registration details will be available next week. Meanwhile, if you have questions or need more information, please email or call (202) 720-4233.

Theme: Working Together to Address Issues that Transcend Borders

Event Agenda:

8:00am - 8:30am: USAID Iowa Ballroom
Plenary Session


8:45am-10:15am: Concurrent Breakout Sessions Iowa Ballroom

1d: Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and the Local Food Systems Approach

Heather Danton, Director of Food Security and Nutrition, SPRING
Stella Nash, Regional Nutrition and Technical Services Director, Mountain Plains Region, FNS

2d: How Climate Change Affects Food Security

Moderator: Dr. Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist in USAID's Bureau for Food Security

Muhammed Ibrahim, Director General, CATIE;
Andy Jarvis, Director of Decision and Policy Analysis CIAT;
Elizabeth Basauri Bryan, Senior Research Analyst, International Food Policy Research Institute;
Dr. Walter E. Baethgen, Head of Regional and Sectorial Research, Latin America and the Caribbean program, Earth Institute, Columbia University

3d: Does Food Security Contribute to Political Stability? --Outcome Dialogue

Kimberly Flowers, Direct of the Global Food Security Project, CSIS

Joanna Upton, Cornell
Marc Bellemare, University of Minnesota
Robert Paarlberg, Weatherhead Center, Harvard


10:00am – 10:45am: Coffee Break


10:45-12:15pm: Concurrent Breakout Sessions Iowa Ballroom

1e: Internationally Commenced, Domestically Completed: A Roadmap to Building a Sustainable Program –Outcome Dialogue
Des Moines Room

Jason Compy

Beatrice Rodgers, Tufts University/Fanta Project;
Andrew Epstein, Social Impact;
Janine Schooley, Senior Vice President of Programs, Project Concern International 

2e: Big Data for Big Problems

Dr. Andy Jarvis, Director of the Decision and Policy Analysis Area in the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Christian Merz, Senior Program Officer Digital Solutions, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
Dr. Jim Verdin, FEW NET Agro-Climatology Activities Manager, USAID;
Dr. Daniel Jimenez, Agronomist - Data Scienctist, Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) Research Area, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT);
Christopher Burns, U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID

3e: Agriculture Innovations for Improved Diets

Moderator: Rob Bertram, USAID/BFS

Dr. Howarth Bouis, Program Director, HarvestPlus;
Dr. Barry Pittendrigh, Michigan State University;
Jennie Lane, Land O’Lakes;
Paul Walubita Kachapulula, Borlaug LEAP Fellow

4e: Double Burden of Malnutrition

Moderator: Diane DeBernardo/USDA

Presenter: Dr. Perez
Escamilla, Yale University


12:15 – 1:45pm: LUNCH BUFFET & SPEAKER (Provided by USDA) Des Moines Room
4f: Moving Women up the Value Chain in Agricultural Market Systems
Moderator: Alexis Taylor/USDA DUS
  • Niklas Buehren, World Bank Economist, will provide an overview of financial and market-based barriers women face in agriculture;
  • Dr. Jolyne Sanjak, Chief Program Officer, Landesa, on practical solutions for establishing land tenure rights for women;
  • Hazel Malapit, IFPRI Senior Researcher and implementer for the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI);
  • Soukeyna Cisse Diop, Proprietor, Poultry Supply Company and current Mandela Washington Young African Leaders (YALI) Fellow.


2:00pm – 3:30pm: Concurrent Breakout Sessions Iowa Ballroom

T3a: School-Feeding: A Critical Social Safety Net

Dr. Ugo Gentilini, Senior Economist, Social Protection and Global Labor Practice, World Bank

Dr. Ugo Gentilini, Senior Economist, Social Protection and Global Labor Practice, World Bank

Dr. Donald Bundy, Senior Advisor and Deputy Director, Global Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Lesley Drake, Executive Director, Partnership for Child Development

David Ryckembusch, Senior Programme Advisor, Safety Nets & Social Protection Unit, U.N. World Food Programme

T3b: SPS and Food Safety: Building Capacity to Support Trade

Dr. Osei Yeboah, PhD., Professor and Director, L. C. Cooper, Jr. International Trade Center North Carolina A&T State University

Ms. Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy
Dr. Washington Otieno, PhD., Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)
Mr. Jim Hershey, American Soybean Association, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health
Daniel Orellana, FAS/OCBD/TSCBD

T3c: Food Self-Sufficiency v. Food and Nutrition Security

Ambassador Darci Vetter

Dr. Anjani Kumar, IFPRI
Carolyn Hart, SPRING Project Director  William Warshauer, President & CEO, TechnoServe
Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA Director

Rooms D&E

T3d: Leveraging In-kind Food Aid

Daniel Whitley, USDA Ofice of Global Analysis

Panel Members:
Mike Jung, Chris Goldthwait, Dale Kabat,
Cantera Partners


3:30pm – 4:30pm: Speed Networking/Visit Exhibits Des Moines Room (concurrent coffee break)


Plenary Session Des Moines Room
4:30pm – 5:30pm: Closing Ceremony
Topic: Global Food Security Act Forward Strategy
Dr. Beth Dunford, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Food Security; Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator for Development


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