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International Conference on

Agricultural Transformation, Food Security and Nutrition in Central Asia

Featuring IFPRI’s 2019 Global Food Policy Report

Organized by

Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan, International Food Policy Research institute (IFPRI) and Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT)

May 31, 2019

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

AGENDA (Download)

8:30 – 9:00           Registration

9:00 – 9:30           Opening Session and Welcome Notes 

Moderator and opening remarks: Dr. Komiljon Karimov, Rector, WIUT, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

  • Mr. Jamshid A. Khodjaev, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Ms. Helena Fraser, UN Resident Coordinator for the Republic of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI, Washington, DC, USA

9:30 – 11:00        Session 1: Launch of the 2019 Global Food Policy Report – Highlights and Reflections on Central Asian countries

Keynote Addresses:

  • Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI, Washington, DC, USA
  • Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York, USA (Video Message)

Panelists:

  • Mr. Francois Begeot, Head of Cooperation Section, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Ms. Cindy Malvicini, Country Director, Uzbekistan Resident Mission of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Prof. Tursun Shodiev, WIUT, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Q&A and discussion (30 minutes)

 

11:00 – 11:30      Coffee Break

 

11:30 – 13:00      Session 2: Panel Discussion on the Role of Agriculture Modernization and Structural Transformation in Rural Revitalization    

Moderator: Dr. Kamiljon Akramov, Research Fellow and Central Asia Program Leader, IFPRI, Washington, DC, USA

Panelists:

  • Dr. Sergiy Zorya, Lead Agricultural Economist, The World Bank, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Dr. Khasan Mamarasulov, Lead Specialist on Implementation of Innovative Technologies and Clusters in Agriculture, Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Mr. Shuhrat Amanov, Head of Department of Strategic Analysis and Forecasting in Agriculture and Food Production, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Dr. Nodir Djanibekov, Research Associate, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Halle, Germany
  • Mr. Mansur Rahimov, Co-founder & CEO, Mevali Plants Agro Company, Uzbekistan

Q&A and discussion

13:00 – 14:15      Group Photo and Lunch

 

14:15 – 15:45      Session 3: Building Blocks of Rural Revitalization: Institutions, Technology, and Policy Solutions   

Moderator: Dr. Suresh Babu, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Capacity Strengthening, IFPRI, Washington, DC, USA

  • Making Institutions work for rural revitalization: Implications for Central Asia,

Dr. Katrina Kosec, IFPRI, Washington, DC, USA

  • Role of public-private partnership in agricultural transformation and rural development: lessons from international experience, Dr. Ziyodullo Parpiev, WIUT, Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Dr. Kamiljon Akramov, IFPRI, Washington, DC, USA
  • Role of modern agricultural insurance instruments in mitigating farmers’ climate risks in Central Asia, Dr. Ihtiyor Bobojonov, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Halle, Germany
  • Solar and biogas resources as alternative energy sources and their application for agricultural development and rural revitalization, Dr. Bahtiyor Eshchanov, WIUT, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Q&A and discussion

15:45 – 16:00      Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30      Session 4: Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security in Central Asia: Challenges, Policy Issues, and Empirical Evidence

Moderator: Bakhrom Mirkasimov, WIUT, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

  • Nutrition-sensitive value chains in Central Asia: Evidence, Challenges, and Opportunities, Mr. Allen Park and Mr. Jarilkasin Ilyasov, IFPRI, Washington, DC, USA
  • Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture: Empirical evidence from Tajikistan,

Dr. Hiroyuki Takeshima, IFPRI, Washington, DC, USA

  • Adoption of conservation agriculture practices in Uzbekistan considering climate change, Dr. Aziz Nurbekov, FAO Uzbekistan Country Office
  • Food legumes for cropping system diversification, soil health, and human nutrition in Central Asia, Mr. Shukhrat Amanov, International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas, Central Asia and Caucasus Regional Office, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Potential applications of remote sensing, GIS tools and data analytics for evidence-based policy-making in agriculture, Mr. Zafar Gafurov, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Central Asia Office, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Q&A and discussion

17:30 – 18:00      Closing Remarks

  • Mr. Francois Begeot, Head of Cooperation Section, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI, Washington, DC, USA
  • Dr. Komiljon Karimov, Rector, WIUT, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 

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