Chief of Staff and Head, 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture and the Environment Initiative, International Food Policy Research Institute

Ms. Rajul Pandya-Lorch serves as Chief of Staff and Head 2020 Vision Initiative at International Food Policy Research Institute. Ms. Pandya-Lorch is head of IFPRI's 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture and the Environment Initiative, a global initiative that seeks to identify solutions for meeting world food needs while reducing poverty and protecting the environment. In recognition of her achievements, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) presented Ms. Pandya-Lorch with its 2010 Quality of Communication Award for their work on Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development.

She has also received the American Agricultural Economics Association’s 2002 award for Distinguished Policy Contribution, along with Per Pinstrup-Andersen and Mark Rosegrant. She has facilitated four major international conferences on (1) “Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health,” in New Delhi, India, on February 10-12, 2011; (2) “Taking Action for the World’s Poor and Hungry People”, in Beijing, China, on October 17-19, 2007; (3) “Assuring Food and Nutrition Security in Africa by 2020”, in Kampala, Uganda on April 1-3, 2004; and (4) “Sustainable Food Security for All by 2020”, in Bonn, Germany on September 4-6, 2001. She recently led a major project, “Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development” that documents evidence on policies, programs, and investments in agricultural development that have significantly reduced hunger. 

“Our goal is clear: achieve food self-sufficiency for Africa in ten years, eliminate malnutrition and hunger and move Africa to the top of agricultural value chains.” – Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President

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