Gates Foundation global development official to speak at U of M March 23
Prabhu Pingali will outline “A Bold Vision for Feeding the World: The Future of Global Agricultural Development” in a speech webcast to students at the University of Western Cape in South Africa
Who: Prabhu Pingali, deputy director of Global Development, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
When: 8 to 9:15 a.m. Friday, March 23
Where: Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis
March 20, 2012
Prabhu Pingali, deputy director of Global Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will speak at the University of Minnesota at 8 a.m. Friday, March 23, outlining “A Bold Vision for Feeding the World: The Future of Global Agricultural Development.”
The presentation is open to the public and will be webcast to students at the University of Western Cape in South Africa, a partner to the University of Minnesota’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change. The U of M / Western Cape collaboration is funded by the Mellon Foundation and involves faculty exchanges and co-taught courses using web and ITV technologies. Students and faculty in both locations will have the opportunity to ask questions of Pingali at the forum following his remarks.
Pingali has nearly 30 years of experience in assessing the extent and impact of technological change on agriculture in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He has held a number of prestigious positions in his field, including director of the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at the United Nations.
He has written or co-written nine books and more than 90 journal articles and chapters focusing on technological advances and environmental and agricultural policy.
A webcast will be provided at www.livestream.com/umntv, and Pingali’s presentation will be recorded for future viewing.
Pingali’s presentation is being hosted by the university’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
The public presentation is part of a two-day visit to the University of Minnesota by Pingali and other officials from the Gates Foundation, UN FAO and private sector, to learn more about the U of M’s commitment to help sustainably feed the planet.
Pingali will meet with leading researchers in sustainable agriculture, public policy and climate change and discuss the university’s data and technology tools for reducing hunger in the developing world. He will also meet with the university’s private sector partners in the global food industry.
In addition to the public speech, Pingali is available for individual interviews. Media wishing interviews may request a 30-minute slot during the following times:
Thursday, March 22: 11 a.m. to 12 noon
Friday, March 23: 7 to 8 a.m.