Feed the Future
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Ask the Expert: Africa's Green Revolution and Policy Levers

Event Date: 
Jun 07, 2018
10:00 am to 10:30 am EDT
Online Event
USAID Bureau for Food Security


Agriculture and food policy is a critical development tool that can help direct agricultural transformation to best suit country needs and goals.  On June 7, Agrilinks will host a special 30-minute Ask the Expert Chat for an online discussion and live audio Q&A on using policy to facilitate or even catalyze agricultural transformation. 

Hosted in conjunction with the organizers of the 22nd Conference on the Global Bioeconomy: Disruptive Innovations, Value Chains, and Rural Development, this discussion will address questions such as:

  • Is policy change the key to improved staple crop productivity in sub-Saharan Africa?
  • How can policy affect income change, food security, employment, and nutritional outcomes?  (Spoiler alert: the answer will include evidence from Senegal and Rwanda)
  •  How can we generate the political will in partner countries to drive climate-smart agricultural transformation?

This event is part of Agrilinks’ food security policy month this June, and will preview results to be presented June 12 at the Global Bioeconomy conference. 


Senior Food Security and Nutrition Policy Adviser
USAID Feed the Future Policy Team

James F. Oehmke is a Senior Food Security and Nutrition Policy Adviser for USAID, working with the Feed the Future policy team.

He serves as Policy lead for agricultural transformation, mutual accountability, and nutrition policy. He also coordinates assessments of USAID policy investments and their impact on agricultural transformation. Previously, James served 25 years at Michigan State University, where he remains Professor Emeritus of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics. From May 2009 to June 2010 he was a Visiting Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine. He was Chief Executive Officer from July 2007 to September 2008 of the George Morris Centre, Canada's leading agricultural think tank. James has over 100 scholarly publications. His areas of interest include economic impacts of food, agriculture, nutrition and health programs; evidence based programming; and program evaluation. James has a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.


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