Select Speaking Engagements

Economic Resilience Is Key to Protecting Food and Nutrition Security
(SOFI 2019 launch at the United Nations New York)
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 alerts us that economic turmoil negatively affects food security and nutrition. Countries need to act now to boost social protection programs and protect incomes. In the longer term, they need to make investments to reduce economic vulnerability and inequality.

United Nations New York
July 15, 2019

The Ranks of Hungry People on the Rise
(SOFI 2019 launch at IFPRI)
Using detailed methodologies, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 makes official data from governments public and explains what they signify. It offers analysis of the drivers of hunger and malnutrition with a special focus on the impact of economic slowdowns and downturns.

International Food Policy Research Institute
Washington, D.C., July 18, 2019

The Political Economy of Food Systems
(EAT Forum 2019)
The current food system is not sustainable. In order to implement best practices from pioneering countries like New Zealand, we need to first build a common understanding of what “food systems” are and align incentives with evidence. David Nabarro moderates the discussion and Vicky Robertson joins in. See Torero’s EAT bio.

EAT Forum 2019
Stockholm, Sweden, June 13, 2019

Digital Agriculture Transformation: Challenges
Ours is a world of agriculture, one that comprises smallholder farmers, 40% of whom are women. For digital technology to benefit smallholder farmers worldwide, we need to ensure that it is affordable and adaptable for the poor, and that users have capability to take advantage of it. We need efficient regulatory mechanisms to make sure the digital divide doesn’t grow deeper.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome, June 12, 2019

Food Systems, Smallholder Farmers and Climate Change
(Future of Food Talks)
Today we need to feed more people, generate more employment and be sustainable. If we understand these relationships, we can prioritize our investments.

Highlights from FAO’s Future of Food Talk Series
Rome, June 10, 2019
(Photo credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT)

The Impact of Food Loss and Waste
(Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019)
The impact of food loss and waste on the availability of increasingly scarce resources and how it can be tackled.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019
The Hague, the Netherlands, June 3-5, 2019

How to Achieve Gender Equality
(Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
Women represent 50 percent of the world population, but only 38 percent of human capital in the world. If women made the same amount of income that men do, the world’s GDP would essentially double.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome, May 2019

The Role of Information
(International Forum on Food Safety and Trade)
Information plays a critical role in improving food safety across value chain and bridging the digital gap. It is only with information that people will be able to change their behavior.

International Forum on Food Safety and Trade
Geneva, Apr 24, 2019

Disruptive Digital Innovations in Value Chains
(22nd ICABR Conference)
For digital technologies to help the world achieve a great balancing act — of closing the food gap, supporting economic development and reducing environmental impact — we need to ensure that they promote innovations, equality and inclusion.

The World Bank
Washington, D.C., June 12-15, 2018

Connectivity as Human Right
(Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation)
Three billion people around the world still do not have access to the Internet. Connectivity is paramount, but content and the capability of the users are also important. Children can play a significant role in bridging the information gap.

Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation
Vatican City, October 17, 2017
ICT and Health
Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation
Vatican City, October 17, 2017

Connectivity, Content and Children
(Ag Talks)
Children using mobile phones help their computer-illiterate parents overcome some of the most serious problems facing farmers in the developing world.

Ag Talks
International Fund for Agricultural Development
Rome, June 3, 2015

Global Hunger Index 2011 Launch
(World Food Prize/Borlaug International Symposium)
The index provides a multidimensional measure of global, regional, and national hunger. By bringing the results every year, it raises awareness and shows progress overtime. It also shows which countries are performing well and gives incentives to those that lag behind.

World Food Prize/Borlaug International Symposium
Des Moines, Iowa
October 13, 2011