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Food For All: International Organizations and the Transformation of Agriculture – A Panel Discussion

January 20 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

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A jointly-sponsored 1818 Society Agriculture and Rural Development TG, WBG History TG, and Library Session.


The book tells the history of international assistance to food and agriculture with a focus on the “Big Five” international organizations—World Bank/IDA, FAO, WFP, CGIAR, and IFAD- since the establishment of each organization and through their evolution with changing times, along with the concurrent changes in developing countries, including their progress on structural transformation from agriculture to manufacturing and service sectors.

The book is written with students of development in mind, to provide an understanding of the history of cooperation and to explain why “business as usual” is no longer sufficient, given the challenges of pandemics, climate change, and nutrition transition.

The book is available in hard copy from Amazon.  The book is available online from Oxford University, click here or download the book here.

Brookings blog, please click here.



  • Authors:
    – Uma Lele, President of the International Association of Agricultural Economist
    – Manmohan Agarwal, Honorary senior fellow, Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries, New Delhi, India.  Honorary senior fellow, Centre of Chinese Studies, New Delhi, India
    – Brian Baldwin, International Consultant, previously with IFAD
    – Sambuddha Goswami, worked on Uma Lele’s research team
  • Kevin Cleaver, WBG and IFAD on the Evolving Global Architecture for Food and Agriculture
  • Maximo Torero Cullen, FAO and the Evolving Global Architecture
  • Arif Husain, WFP and the Evolving Global Architecture
  • Marco Ferroni, CGIAR and the Evolving GLobal Architecture
  • Jyotsna Puri, Associate Vice President, IFAD

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January 20
9:00 am - 10:30 am




The 1818 Society Agriculture and Rural Development TG
WB History Thematic Group
WBG Library