Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations

Global Food Security: Are We Meeting the Challenge?

  • Thursday, May 05, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • UW Madison Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St. (Corner of University and Orchard)


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This event is co-sponsored by the
UW Division of International Studies

Joseph Glauber, former Chief Economist, US Department of Agriculture, will discuss the challenges meeting global food needs over the next several decades.  Population growth, combined with increasing incomes in key developing countries have led many analysts to conclude that we will likely see world food demand increase by as much as 75 percent by 2050.  At the same time, productivity gains have slowed and farmers will be facing increased environmental challenges like water availability and climate change.  Glauber will discuss the role of public research in meeting these challenges.

Joe Glauber is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC where his areas of interest are price volatility, global grain reserves, crop insurance and trade. Prior to joining IFPRI, Glauber spent over 30 years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture including as Chief Economist from 2008 to 2014. As Chief Economist, he was responsible for the Department’s agricultural forecasts and projections, oversaw climate, energy and regulatory issues, and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.

From 2007-2009, Glauber was the Special Doha Agricultural Envoy at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative where he served as chief agricultural negotiator in the Doha talks. He served as economic adviser at the so-called Blair House agreements leading to the completion of the Uruguay Round negotiations. He is the author of numerous studies on crop insurance, disaster policy and U.S. farm policy.

Dr. Glauber received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 and holds an AB in anthropology from the University of Chicago. In 2012, he was elected Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Parking Notes
Nearby parking is available in lot 20, which is located across University Avenue from the Discovery Building and can be accessed from University Avenue.

Parking also is available in lot 17, which is behind Engineering Hall and Camp Randall Stadium and can be accessed via North Randall Avenue. Lot 80, the Union South underground parking garage, can be accessed from Dayton Street.

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