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International development event in London

We would like to invite Warwick alumni to join us at an event which will roll out the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)'s Rural Development Report 2016: Fostering Inclusive Rural Transformation.

Roll out of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Rural Development Report 2016: Fostering Inclusive Rural Transformation
Thursday 8 December 2016
Event hosted by the University of Warwick in its new offices in Kings Cross, London

Keynote Address
By the President of IFAD, Dr Kanayo F Nwanze.
Dr Nwanze was recently awarded the first Africa Food Prize in recognition of his outstanding leadership and passionate advocacy for putting smallholder farmers at the centre of the global agricultural agenda.

IFAD’s Rural Development Report 2016 aims to stimulate debate and reflection about the opportunities and challenges in promoting prosperity among the rural poor through investments in smallholder agriculture and rural development. The event on the 8th will include a panel of senior development experts as well as plenty of time for interaction and debate with participants.


  • Paul Winters, Officer in Charge, Strategy and Knowledge Department; Director of Research and Impact Assessment Division, IFAD
  • Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development at Imperial College, London and Director of Agriculture for Impact
  • Alison Evans, development economist with 30 years’ experience in research, policy and evaluation in southern and eastern Africa, south-east Asia and the Balkans.
  • Siobhan Benita (Chair), Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Director, Warwick Policy Lab, University of Warwick

Date: Thursday 8, December 2016
Venue: University of Warwick, The Stanley Building, Pancras Square, London, N1C4AG
09.30 Registration and Coffee
10.00 Welcome and keynote speeches
10.45 Summary presentation of IFAD’s Report
11.10 Panel discussion with questions from the floor
12.30 Lunch and networking
2.00pm Close

Synopsis of IFAD's Rural Development Report (RDR) 2016
Drawing on contributions from rural development experts in over 60 developing countries, the 2016 Rural Development Report highlights the centrality of rural and agricultural development to overall economic growth and concludes that targeted policies focused on rural people will eliminate poverty in developing countries. It focuses on inclusive rural transformation as a central element of global efforts to eliminate poverty and hunger, and build inclusive and sustainable societies for all.

The Report analyses global, regional and national pathways of rural transformation. It suggests four categories into which most countries and regions fall, each with distinct objectives for rural development strategies to promote inclusive rural transformation; to adapt to changing conditions while sustaining progress in transformation and inclusion; to amplify the inclusiveness of growth while sustaining the pace of transformation; to accelerate the pace of transformation without sacrificing inclusion, and a combination of all three. The report presents policy and programme implications in various regions and thematic areas of intervention, based both on rigorous analysis and on IFAD’s 40 years of experience investing in rural people and enabling the inclusive and sustainable transformation of rural areas. The full report can be viewed and downloaded at

If you would like to attend, please email Rachael Brogan

If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to contact Siobhan Benita on 020 3859 7720