Presenter: Uma Lele – The first woman to be awarded a Ph. D. in agricultural economics by Cornell University. Uma Lele was elected President Elect of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) in July 2018. Since leaving services of the World Bank she has operated as an independent scholar and development economist and is affiliated with the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. More about Uma Lele, read here.
Uma Lele will summarize her historical look at the Bank’s role in global agriculture. It is based on her forthcoming book on agriculture, “Food for All”. She will speak about the Bank’s role in cross-border agricultural issues, of which historically the most enduring have been the Indus Basin Treaty, partnership with FAO in the 1960s, and establishment of the CGIAR in 1972. The Bank’s poverty reduction and Green Revolution approach greatly influenced its agriculture work, as did the decision to bring China into the fold, and the design of IDA. Questions going forward which will be addressed include most importantly whether project lending continues to be an appropriate instrument for agricultural assistance.
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