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Agriculture for Development – Revisited

Agriculture Conference   |  past event  |  Oct 01 2010

Agriculture for Development – Revisited took stock of the state of affairs in using agriculture for development three years after the release of the World Development Report (2008) on the same subject.  In the end, the revisit stresses the need for three categories of initiatives to turn opportunities into development achievements: (1) Using agriculture for development is a highly complex undertaking that requires developing comprehensive country-level strategies; (2) extraordinary new opportunities exist in investing in agriculture for development, but more systematic efforts need to be made in discovering and demonstrating what works; and (3) enhanced implementation capacity in this complex undertaking is necessary for success, requiring strong investment in capacity building in using agriculture for development.

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8.00am – Breakfast (Program Participants Only)

PART I – Ann Harrison, Chair

8.30am – Introduction

  • Ann Harrison, The World Bank
  • Jean-Jacques Dethier, The World Bank

8.45-10.45am – Session 1. Re-conceptualizing the role of agriculture for economic development

10.45-11.00am – Coffee break

11.00am-1.00pm – Session 2. Food price volatility and food security

1.00-2.00pm – Lunch

PART II – Will Martin, Chair

2.00-4.00pm – Session 3. Technology adoption and a Green Revolution for Africa (ATAI project)

4.00-4.15pm – Coffee break

4.15-6.15pm – Session 4. New Approaches to Rural Development

PART III – Ethan Ligon, Chair

7.30pm – Dinner session at UC Faculty Club. Revisiting the WDR 2008 Agriculture for Development

  • Alain de Janvry, UC Berkeley
  • Derek Byerlee, SPIA, CGIAR
  • Elisabeth Sadoulet, UC Berkeley


8.00am – Breakfast (Program Participants Only)

PART IV – Jean-Jacques Dethier, Chair

8.30-10.30am – Session 5. Structural transformations and income diversification

10.30-10.45am – Coffee break

10.45am-1.00pm – Session 6. How to make agriculture for development into a reality: A roundtable discussion

1-2.30pm – Lunch: Research agenda and policy perspectives on Agriculture for Development

Part V (by SPIA invitation) – Derek Byerlee, Chair

Introductory Remarks, Derek Byerlee, Science Council/SPIA/CGIAR

Recent Advances in Impact Analysis Methods for Ex-post Impact Assessments of Agricultural Technology. Alain de Janvry, Andrew Dustan, and Elisabeth Sadoulet, UC Berkeley

  • Discussion on future approaches:
  • Mark Rosenzweig, Yale University
  • Julian Alston, UC Davis
  • Mywish Maredia, Michigan State University
  • Greg Traxler, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The World Development Report 2008, “Agriculture for Development,” is available online.


Alain de Janvry (UC Berkeley), Alexandra Effenberger (Consultant/Student), Andrew Dustan (UC Berkeley), Ann Harrison (The World Bank), Brian Wright (UC Berkeley), Christopher Udry (Yale University), David Zilberman (UC Berkeley), Derek Byerlee (SPIA), Douglas Gollin (Williams College), Elisabeth Sadoulet (UC Berkeley), Ethan Ligon (UC Berkeley), Greg Traxler (The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), James Stevenson (Science Council Secretariat), Jean-Jacques Dethier (The World Bank), Jenny Aker (Tufts University), Jeremy Magruder (UC Berkeley), Jo Swinnen (Leuven University), Julian Alston (UC Davis), Justin Lin (The World Bank), Karen Brooks (The World Bank), Kevin Cleaver (IFAD), Klaus Deininger (The World Bank), Kym Anderson (University of Adelaide), Mark Cackler (The World Bank), Mark Rosenzweig (Yale University), Martin Ravallion (The World Bank), Maximo Torero (IFPRI), Mywish Maredia (MSU), Peter Lanjouw (The World Bank), Pranab Bardhan (UC Berkeley), Shivva Makki (The World Bank), Will Martin (The World Bank)


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