Strong mobilization at the last IFPRI WCAO high-level policy conference in Dakar
More than sixty participants responded to the invitation of IFPRI and IPAR at the third edition of RSD meetings on January 21st, 2013 on the theme of "World Food Demand and its Technological Implications."This high-level meeting focused on the issue of major trends in global food and agricultural economy.The aim of the conference was to respond to the following questions:
- What are the major trends in global economy and food demand?
- What lessons could be drawn for the different sectors: production, demand, transformation?
- What would be the consequences of a significant increase in demand for prices?
- Which technologies and policies should be put in place to deal with future developments?
Experts, decision-makers part of the audience attended a presentation by Dr. Mark Rosegrant whose presentation projected onto the next 40 years and highlighted what the world food demand will be by 2050. He also focused on the case of sub-Saharan Africa and Senegal.The other highlight of the conference was the presentation by Dr. Alioune Fall, Scientific Director of ISRA on “Future implications of high food demand for agricultural research”. Dr. Fall listed the various projects conducted at the national level by his organization, one of the drivers of Senegalese agriculture. ITA, (the National Food Processing Institute) was represented by Dr Ndoye who made a presentation on: “the dynamics of urban consumption and their impact on processing technology of local products”.Comments where then given by representatives of USAID, the World Food Program, and ASPRODEB (Senegalese farmer organizations NGO) and were followed by discussions.The press was also present at this quarterly “Development and Strategy” conference series- that focuses on socioeconomic development-organized by IFPRI, IPAR, FASEG the DAPS, and the DPEE ANSD.
Here is the interview in French with Dr. Cheikh Oumar Ba, Executive Director of IPAR at the end of the meeting: Interview Dr Cheikh Oumar BA de l\'IPAR