On 3-6 December 2017, Dr. Patrick Hatzenbuehler (Associate Research Fellow) and Mr. Olusegun Fadare (Senior Research Assistant), researchers from the Abuja Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), participated in the third International Conference on Global Food Security in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference under the theme “Global Challenges, Local Solution and Connected Pathways” was organized by Elsevier in association with DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security, Universities of Pretoria, and University of the Western Cape. Olusegun Fadare’s paper was entitled “Micronutrient Intakes, Intra-household Food Allocation and Child Stunting in Nigeria”, while Patrick Hatzenbuehler’s presented two papers, namely, “Macroeconomic Factor Influence on Agricultural Program Sustainability in Kaduna State, Nigeria” and “Growing Condition Variations and Grain Prices in Niger and Nigeria”.
Over 40 key speakers and personalities were present at the above conference, including:
- HE Minister Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa;
- HE Minister Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa;
- Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, World Food Prize laureate;
- Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), UK;
- Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria;
- Julian May, the Director of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the University of the Western Cape; and
- Shadrack Moephuli, President and Chief Executive Officer, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa.
The conference, which was jointly sponsored by the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Foundation Daniel & Nina Carasso, attracted over 600 delegates and had more than 400 papers presented from all over the world. Patrick Hatzenbuehler’s paper on the influence of macroeconomic factors on the agricultural program sustainability in Kaduna State, has also been published recently by IFPRI as number 48 in its NSSP Working Paper series.