The International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security, and Nutrition in Eurasia Featuring IFPRI’s 2017 Global Food Policy Report: An Overview

 An Overview
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On May 26, 2017, the International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security, and Nutrition in Eurasia featuring IFPRI’s 2017 Global Food Policy Report took place at the Department of Economics of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov. About 100 people from Russia and other countries of the Eurasian region, representing more than 50 organizations, participated in the event. Among them were Erkinbek Choduyev, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food Industry and Land Improvement of the Kyrgyz Republic; Kamolidin Kurbonov, Head of the International Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of Tajikistan; and Rahim Oshakbayev, Director of the Center for Applied Research of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, and organizations and diplomatic representations from different countries, among other participants.
The event was made possible thanks to the support of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation for food security programs implemented by the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS).
Holding such an event within the walls of Moscow University has become a good tradition. Last year, the presentation of the 2016 Global Nutrition Report was also held at the university’s Department of Economics.
    
 An Overview
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The key conference speakers included Sergei Shoba, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS); Andras Horvai, Director and Permanent Representative of the World Bank in the Russian Federation; Shengen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Vasily Uzun, Doctor of Economics, Professor of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA); and Evgenia Serova, Doctor of Economics, Нead of the Moscow office of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
After the greetings of Sergei Shoba and Andras Horvai, Schengen Fan presented the 2017 Global Food Policy Report. This annual survey, which has been published by IFPRI since 2011, is the key international publication on the topic. In his presentation, Schengen Fan outlined the main findings and conclusions that are relevant for the Commonwealth of Independent States countries. Evgenia Serova and Vasily Yakimovich Uzun took part in the discussion. For a summary of the report and the chapter on Central Asian countries, please click links.
One of the main tasks of the conference was to discuss priorities for policy research on food security in the Eurasian region, proposed by Per Pinstrup-Andersen. The issues raised in the 2017 Global Food Policy Report correspond to priority research areas such as changing dietary intake, agrarian transformation, strengthening ties between urban and rural areas, and determining market links and household behavior.
At the conference, the results of individual scientific studies conducted in countries of the Eurasian region were presented. Especially informative were the speeches of the representatives of the Eurasian countries, which enabled all interested persons to get acquainted with the problems of different regions. Below are links to presentations by speakers.
The next ECFS event that plans to gather participants interested in the problems of food security in Eurasia is the Annual Conference on Food Security in the Eurasian Region, which will be held in Dushanbe on October 3–5, 2017.
 

Presentations

Session 1: Launch of the 2017 Global Food Policy Report – Highlights and reflections on CIS countries
Session 2: Economic Integration, Labor Migration, Agricultural Policy, and Food Security in Eurasia Region Session 3: Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security in Eurasia: Policy Challenges, Issues, and Research Priorities    
Session 4: Challenges, Issues, and Opportunities of Policy Research on Food Security and Nutrition in Eurasia
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