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Reconciling Environment and Development for Increased Food Security

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 12:00
A Discussion with:
Frank Hawkins, Vice President of Conservation International's Africa and Madagascar Division


Sara Scherr, President and CEO of Ecoagriculture Partners

Reconciling Environment and Development for Increased Food Security 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa
499 S. Capitol Street SW, Suite 500B
Washington, DC 20003

Please join the Partnership for a panel featuring Frank Hawkins, Conservation International, and Sara Scherr, Ecoagriculture Partners, to discuss the links between development and the maintenance of ecosystem health. Dr. Hawkins will discuss efforts to measure the impact of agricultural efforts on ecosystem services and present CI's hypothesis that a sustained natural asset base is necessary to achieve development goals. Dr. Scherr will discuss global examples of agricultural landscape strategies and farm practices that benefit ecosystem services, and discuss the implications for food security related policies.  We look forward to a robust discussion and welcome input from all members of the development community. 


Julie Howard, Executive Director, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa


Frank Hawkins, Conservation International, Vice President of Africa and Madagascar Division

Sara Scherr, Ecoagriculture Partners, President and CEO

Q and A

Frank Hawkins
Frank Hawkins, Ph.D., is Vice President of Conservation International's Africa and Madagascar Field Division. Born in the UK, Frank spent 20 years working on ecology and conservation in Madagascar, working on the amazing Malagasy wildlife, and later with government and civil society organizations to implement the ambitious Durban Vision protected area program. Since 2006 he has been based in the US where he is taking the lessons gained in Madagascar to a wider audience in CI and in Africa, and learning in turn from CI's vast experience in other parts of the world. His major focus over the last few years has been the design and implementation of green economy development plans in a range of focal African states as a means of implementing the ambitious the new CI Mission. His areas of expertise include: green economies, conservation planning, field based conservation projects, REDD+ field projects, Madagascar, West Africa, ornithology, carnivores, and primates.

Sara Scherr
Sara J. Scherr is an agricultural and natural resource economist specializing in land and forest management policy in tropical developing countries. Founder of Ecoagriculture Partners, she now serves as its President and CEO. From 2001-2005, she also served as Director of Ecosystem Services for Forest Trends, an NGO that promotes forest conservation through improved markets for forest products and ecosystem services. She is a member of the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger, and a member of the Board of Directors of the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Scherr's previous positions include: Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA; Co-Leader of the CGIAR Gender Program; Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C.; and Principal Researcher at the World Agroforestry Centre. She was previously a Fulbright Scholar (1976) and a Rockefeller Social Science Fellow (1985-87). Dr. Scherr received her BA in Economics at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and her MSc and PhD in International Economics and Development at Cornell University in New York. Dr. Scherr has published 26 articles in refereed journals, 2 annotated bibliographies, 9 monographs, more than 50 book chapters, and 11 books, including Ecoagriculture: Strategies to Feed the World and Save Wild Biodiversity (with Jeff McNeely),  A New Agenda for Forest Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Making Markets Work for Low-Income Producers (with Andy White and David Kaimowitz), and Farming with Nature (with Jeff McNeely).

A light lunch will be served.