First meeting of IFPRIís Strategic Advisory Council during the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, October 13


Prof. Keyzer was invited to join the newly established  Strategic Advisory Council of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) by its initiator Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI.


Its mandate is formulated by IFPRI as follows:
“Amid global financial and food crises, the need for cutting-edge policy research that provides policymakers with the evidence they need to make informed decisions has become critical. IFPRI provides that evidence, and has actively responded to the exploding demand for innovative strategies and policies aimed at achieving and ensuring sustainable food security in developing countries. This increased need has led to a period of significant growth and decentralization at IFPRI in recent years as the Institute has expanded its research activities and presence around the world to be closer to its clients. As a result of these external and internal dynamics, IFPRI has reached a point at which it would benefit tremendously from the input of thought leaders in international development—thinkers and doers who can help IFPRI further its mission within a rapidly changing landscape.


The IFPRI Strategic Advisory Council will provide insights and guidance on major strategic issues shaping the global landscape in which the Institute operates. In their two-year tenure, Council members will offer IFPRI overall strategic guidance, especially in revamping the IFPRI Strategy, and in preparing the new Global Food Policy Report, a yearly flagship publication to debut in spring 2012.”


To read more about the Strategic Advisory Council visit its website here. Short biographies of its members can be found here.


The first meeting of the Council coincided with the World Food Prize Symposium to which the members of the Council were also invited.


The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing -- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs -- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. At the Symposium, the 2011 World Food Prize was presented to John Agyekum Kufuor and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva  jointly for their personal commitment and visionary leadership while serving as the presidents of Ghana and of Brazil, respectively, in creating and implementing government policies to alleviate hunger and poverty in their countries. The achievements of these two former heads of state illustrate that transformational leadership truly can effect positive change and greatly improve people’s lives. 


For more information on the World Food Prize visit here.


President Lula da Silva’s Laureate Address van be viewed here.