This policy seminar will explore what we know—and do not know—about how high global agricultural commodity prices and country-specific factors affect retail prices at the national level. Special attention will be given to countries suffering from acute food insecurity and those with a high dependence on imports.
As the second event in IFPRI’s seminar series on high food and fertilizer prices, this seminar will examine how global commodity prices are transmitted at the national level and what other country-specific aspects influence retail prices. Program speakers will address key considerations for highly food-insecure and import-dependent countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Short presentations will focus on Rwanda, Yemen, and Ethiopia.
- Johan Swinnen, Global Director, CGIAR Systems Transformation Science Group & Director General, IFPRI
How increasing food prices impact the Middle East and North African countries
- Aly Abousabaa, Regional Director, Central, and West Asia and North Africa, CGIAR, Director General, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
How global agricultural commodity prices impact national food retail prices
- Rob Vos, Division Director, Markets, Trade, and Institutions, IFPRI
A Special Look at Rwanda
- Jean Chrysostome Ngabitsinze, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Republic of Rwanda
Rapid Fire Presentations
- On Ethiopia: Zerihun Getachew Kelbore, Economist, Macroeconomics Trade and Investment Global Practice, World Bank
- On Yemen: Sikandra Kurdi, Research Fellow, IFPRI
- On Myanmar: Bart Minten, Senior Research Fellow/ Program Leader of the Myanmar Strategy Support, IFPRI
- On Latin America and the Caribbean region: Valeria Piñeiro, Senior Research Coordinator, IFPRI
- Charlotte Hebebrand, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, IFPRI