Associate Professor Saweda Liverpool-Tasie to Speak at Upcoming BIFAD Meeting
The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) 181st Public Meeting will take place on June 4th from 1:30PM to 3:30PM ET
Michigan State University Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE) Associate Professor and member of the Food Security Group Dr. Saweda Liverpool-Tasie will be presenting a case study on interventions in Nigeria to support food systems and nutrition.
The following text has been sourced from a Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) Press Release
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and measures put in place to stop its spread will have impacts on all intermediate results of the U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy, including agricultural productivity, livelihoods, markets, trade and policy actions, food consumption and nutrition, hygiene and resilience. The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), an advisory committee to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will convene a virtual public meeting to share the thinking of leading experts in food security and nutrition that relates to COVID-19 impacts. This will include consideration of the most promising short-, medium-, and long-term responses across several key areas: farm-level productivity, markets and trade, access to finance, nutrition, safe and hygienic food systems, gender, and national and local policy. The meeting will include presentations of credible modeling data about the scale and breadth of anticipated food security impacts in the developing world and a summary spanning near to longer-term interventions and guidance that may help to mitigate COVID-19 impacts. The meeting will also provide leading sources of curated information (e.g., landing pages for information related to the crisis and response). The meeting is intended to help to support decision making by USAID and its partners and stakeholders working to advance food security, nutrition, and resilience at global, regional and national levels.
USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa will give opening remarks and IFPRI’s Director General, Johan Swinnen, will provide an overview of food systems and food security impacts from COVID-19. Panelists will include:
- Carl Pray, Rutgers University
- Jimmy Smith, ILRI
- Shawn Baker, USAID
- Marie Ruel, IFPRI
- Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Michigan State University
- Maximo Torero, FAO