2020 Conference

The IFPRI 2020 Conference, held May 15-17, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the Sheraton Addis Hotel, brought together policymakers, practitioners, and scholars to discuss how resilience can be strengthened for food and nutrition security.


  • More than 140 experts and practitioners on the conference program spoke and shared their experiences and insights.
  • Key stakeholders in the resilience arena organized 21 side events to share exciting research initiatives, programs, and tools related to building resilience.


The conference sought to:

  • Articulate an intellectual framework for resilience;
  • Identify key emerging shocks that pose the biggest threats to food and nutrition security, where resilience needs to be significantly strengthened;
  • Assess experiences through case studies and draw out lessons from programs, policies, institutions, and investments around the world;
  • Identify key approaches and tools to build resilience to shocks;
  • Set priorities for action by different actors and in different regions; and
  • Identify knowledge and action gaps in research, policy, and programming that need to be met or scaled up in order to successfully build resilience to food and nutrition insecurity.


Conferees represented food and nutrition security, agriculture, humanitarian, and related development sectors as well as actors from government, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, donors, and academia.


The three-day conference featured an exciting program of keynote speakers, chaired plenary and parallel sessions, side events, and an interactive Knowledge Fair showcasing the latest on-the-ground initiatives on resilience for food and nutrition security.


According to the conference feedback survey, nearly 90 percent of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the conference contributed to improved understanding of resilience in the context of food and nutrition security. An even higher percentage agreed or strongly agreed that the event facilitated cross-disciplinary or cross-sectoral exchange. And over 70 percent of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the conference will contribute to incorporating resilience into the post-2015 agenda. The full survey results are available here.


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