The World Food Prize Foundation

2021 Side Events Agenda

Agricultural Innovation for African Sustainability and Resilience | Board for International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD) and USAID

10/22/2021 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Virtual -

Investments in agricultural research and development generate among the greatest impacts on agricultural productivity growth and poverty reduction per dollar spent, though most African governments invest less than 1% of agricultural GDP in agricultural research. This virtual event is structured as a dialogue, convening leaders to identify the priority actions for investments in agricultural research, development, and extension. The event puts forward to regional and global leaders recommendations in three priority areas necessary to respond to climate change and build more resilient food systems, 1) improving capacities of government ministries and agencies to respond to major, 2) operationalizing recommendations for balance in research partnerships between international and national research institutions, and 3) communicating research results to influence policy change. Presentations and discussion will draw from recent evidence including the BIFAD-commissioned study and recommendations put forward in the 2021 African Agricultural Status Report and the BIFAD co-hosted UN FSS Science Days event.




  • Mr. Mike Michener, Deputy Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Resilience and Food Security
  • Ms. Lulama Ndibongo Traub, Chair of the Technical Committee, Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI)
  • Dr. Thom Jayne, University Foundation Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Louise Fox, Nonresident Senior Fellow, African Growth Initiative, Brookings Institution
  • Dr. Keith Fuglie, Senior Economist, Resource and Rural Economics Division, U.S Department of Agriculture
  • Dr. Kevin Chika Urama, Senior Director of the African Development Institute (ADI), African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Dr. Aparajita Goyal, Senior Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist, Africa Region of the World Bank
  • Dr. John Lynam, Emeritus Scientist, International Center for Tropical Agriculture
  • Dr. Pamela Anderson, BIFAD Member Director General Emerita, International Potato Center
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