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Monday, February 6

8:30-9:00 Registration
9:00-10:35 OPENING SESSION
Video: English | Arabic
  Welcome and Preview of Day 1
  Chair: Roula Majdalani, Director, Sustainable Development and Productivity Division, UN-ESCWA - Video: English | Arabic
  Welcoming Remarks Nadim Khouri- Video: English | Arabic
Deputy Executive Secretary, UN-ESCWA


Fawzi Al Sultan- Video: English | Arabic
Chair, IFPRI Board


Shenggen Fan- Video: English | Arabic
Director General, IFPRI

  Keynote Addresses
  Arab Development in a Changing World
Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Text of Keynote Speech 
Joachim von Braun
Director, Center for Development Research, Germany
  Challenges and Opportunities of Transition
Abstract | Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Heba Handoussa Professor of Economics and Lead Author, Egypt Human Development Report
  New Perspectives for Arab Food Security
Abstract | Presentation| Video: English | Arabic
Nadim Khouri
Deputy Executive Secretary, UN-ESCWA
10:35-11:00 Coffee Break and Press Interviews
11:00-12:30 SESSION 1: ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION, FOOD SECURITY AND POVERTY REDUCTION
Video: English | Arabic
  Chair: Erol Cakmak, Professor, TED University
  Abstract | Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Beyond the Arab Awakening: Policies and Investments for Food Security and Poverty Reduction
Clemens Breisinger
Research Fellow, IFPRI
  Abstract | Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Did Food Prices Plant the Seeds of the Arab Awakening?
Jane Harrigan
Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Economic Transformation in Egypt and Turkey
Alia El Mahdi
Professor, Cairo University
  Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Creating Jobs for the Youth
Imed Drine
Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER


James Thurlow
Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER

  Discussion and Q & A
12:30-1:30 Lunch and Knowledge Fair
1:30-3:00 SESSION 2: AGRICULTURE, WATER AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Video: English | Arabic
  Chair: Rachid Doukkali, Professor, Institut Agronomique et Veterinaire (IAV) Hassan II, Morocco
  Presentation | Video: English
Improving Agriculture and Livestock in Dry Areas
Mahmoud Solh
Director General, ICARDA
  Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
IFAD's Investments for Food Security in the Arab World
Omer Zafar
Country Programme Manager, IFAD
  Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Impacts and Options for Adaptation to Climate Change
Dorte Verner
Senior Economist, The World Bank
  Abstract | Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Opportunities for Fishery and Aquaculture
Stephen Hall
Director General, World Fish
  Discussion and Q & A
3:00-3:15 Coffee Break and Knowledge Fair
3:15-4:30 PARALLEL SESSIONS
  SESSION 3A: FOOD SECURITY AT THE COUNTRY LEVEL
Video: English | Arabic
  Chair: Moujahed Achouri, Deputy Regional Representative for the Near East and Representative in Egypt, FAO
  Abstract | Presentation Yemen National Food Security Strategy and Directions for Future Research and Policy Support Merna Hassan- Video: English | Arabic
Assistant to the National Coordinator for NFSS Yemen, Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation


Olivier Ecker- Video: English | Arabic
Postdoctoral Fellow, IFPRI

  Abstract | Presentation |  Video: English | Arabic
Food and Nutrition Security in the Southern Basin of the Mediterranean Region
Mohamed Aw-Dahir
Food Systems Economist, FAO
  Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Investment in Agricultural Research as a Development Strategy
Aden Aw-Hassan
Economics and Policy Research Program Director, ICARDA
  Discussion and Q & A
  SESSION 3B: HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Video: English | Arabic
  Chair: Nahla Hwalla, Professor of Nutrition and Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut
  Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Overview of Key Challenges for Nutrition in the Developing World
Marie Ruel
Division Director, IFPRI
  Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Improving Health and Nutrition in Arab Countries
Hala Ghattas
Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut
  Abstract | Presentation  | Video: English | Arabic
Gender and Food Security
Habiba Hassan-Wassef
Consultant and Former Director, WHO, Geneva
  Discussion and Q & A
4:30-6:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS
  SESSION 4A: GOVERNANCE AND CONFLICT
Video: English | Arabic
  Chair: Eltighani M. Elamin, Professor, Agricultural Economics and Policy Research Center, Sudan
  Abstract | Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
The Role of Governance in the Arab Awakening
Ishac Diwan
Lecturer, Harvard University
  Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Cost of Conflict and Food Security
Vito Intini
First Economic Affairs Officer, UN-ESCWA
  Abstract | Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Is There an Arab Exceptionalism When It Comes to Conflict?
Jean François Maystadt
Postdoctoral Fellow, IFPRI
  Abstract | Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Economic Consequences of a New Nile River Agreement
Sherman Robinson
Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI


Ken Strzepek
Researcher, MIT, USA

  Discussion and Q & A
  SESSION 4B: FOOD SECURITY, TRADE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Video: English | Arabic
  Chair: Walid Abed Rabboh, Director General, Horizon for Sustainable Development
  Abstract | Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
The Grain Chain: Food Security and Managing Wheat Imports in Arab Countries
Maurice Saade
Senior Agriculture Economist, The World Bank
  Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
The Role of Trade and Grain Reserves
Paul Dorosh
Division Director, IFPRI
  Abstract | Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Food Security in the Context of Rio+20
Riccardo Mesiano
First Economics Affairs Officer, UN-ESCWA
  Presentation | Video: English | Arabic
Rural Non-farm Development Opportunities: Lessons from China
Xiaobo Zhang
Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
  Discussion and Q & A
7:00 pm Conference Dinner