Old Pre-Conference Workshops

Food Systems Workshop 

This workshop will have two aims: 

(1) to provide early career professionals seeking a career in Food Systems Analysis the opportunity to interact and exchange views and advice on strategies for professional growth and enrichment with more senior academics and practitioners, and 

(2) to build understanding of issues, challenges, and opportunities for quantitative analysis of food systems. The workshop methodology will support both objectives simultaneously, aiming to sow the seeds of a theme-based professional development initiative under the IAAE. 


There is an urgent need for greater clarity on facts, concepts, and options for improvement of food system performance through investment, institutional innovation, and policy reform for performance-enhancing systemic change (in different contexts).

The workshop seeks to address this need by:

  1. Raising awareness of major policy and programming issues facing food systems in different contexts;

  2. Sharing the latest approaches and methods for food system analysis;

  3. Identifying the major factual and conceptual gaps limiting progress in food system analysis;

  4. Identifying the core building blocks (or thrusts) of a rigorous quantitative research and capacity development agenda.

Workshop Methodology

Participation will be open to all registered attendees, up to a maximum of 50 people. The workshop will be built around inputs from two categories of specially invited participants:

  1. 15 young professionals (below 30 years of age on the date of the workshop) presenting their work and benefiting from discussions and advice from senior professionals. These young professionals will be offered competitive travel grants awarded on the basis of a concept note that addresses one of the three sub-themes: (1) five addressing key facts about food systems; (2) five addressing core concepts about food systems; and (3) five addressing tools and models for analyzing food systems; and

  2. Senior professionals offering expert feedback and advice and mentoring the three groups of young professionals, and helping to identify the elements of the research and capacity development agenda.


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CGIAR PIM Workshop on Rural Transformation in the 21st Century: The Challenges of Low-Income, Late-Transforming Countries

This pre-conference symposium is convened by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets as the Second Annual Social Science Conference of CGIAR. 

Rural Transformation refers to the change (usually as part of an economy-wide process of structural transformation) of rural areas that are poor and largely based on agriculture to more diversified and prosperous ones. Countries undergoing the process in the 21st century face a different context than those that did so in the 19th or 20th centuries. Competition from foreign suppliers is tough, even in local markets in low income countries. Jobs for young people are scarce. Late-transformers lag, rather than lead, global technical innovation. Migration is risky. The challenges of late transformation are offset, at least partially, by benefits; to leap-frog technologies, to sell into distant markets, to use ICT for productive and social purposes, to deploy a more educated rural population, and to access flows of remittances. Researchers accordingly ask what role agriculture and food systems play in late-transforming countries, and what interventions can facilitate shared growth, better nutrition, and sound natural resource management as economies diversify.


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