The ESPP provided me with a part funding to support my participation at the 57th annual conference of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Develop (AIARD). The AIARD consists of U.S. and internationally-based members who have devoted their careers to global agricultural development and hunger alleviation. The 57th annual conference of the AIARD was focused on the theme, “Looking Ahead: A World of Climate Smart Agriculture”. The conference attracted stakeholders from the Congress, universities, private sectors and international development organizations such as the DAO, FAO, World Bank, and IFPRI. There were also international participants, including from the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development AWARD and ICRISAT.
Jelili Adebiyi paneled a session along with Kimberly Flowers, Center for Strategic and International Studies (Moderator), Marty Matlock, University of Arkansas, Vara Prassad, USAID Innovation Lab, Muhammad Ibrahim, and CATIE, Mark Rosegrant, IFPRI.
My participation in the conference was two-fold. I participated as one of the 12 persons, who were selected through a rigorous process as 2017 AIARD Class of Future Leaders in International Agriculture and Rural Development. Besides, I paneled one of the sessions in the conference, alongside Kimberly Flowers, Center for Strategic and International Studies (Moderator), Marty Matlock, University of Arkansas, Vara Prassad, USAID Innovation Lab, Muhammad Ibrahim, and CATIE, Mark Rosegrant, IFPRI. Together with fellow FLFers, we visited governmental and non-governmental International Development agencies, to network, explore collaboration and work opportunities, as well as issues related to global agri-food systems. These included engagement-framed visits to the World Food Program, IFPRI, USAID and IFAD. We were hosted at the Congress at Rayburn House Office Building in DC, and by ACDI/VOCA.
I was also elected to the Board of Directors of the AIARD by fellow FLFers. This has presented with the opportunity to enhance my professional and managerial skills. During my membership of the board, I will work with fellow FLFers to initiate practical programs that will revolve around addressing a major agri-food issue in a developing country. Overall, the conference provided me the opportunity to network and to learn from senior colleagues in the field of international agriculture and rural development.
I am grateful for the support provided me by the ESPP and my advisor, Dr. Laura Schmitt-Olabisi towards my participation at the conference.
Jelili Adebiyi chosen as a member of the 2017 AIARD Class of Future Leaders in International Agriculture and Rural Development
Adebiyi Jelili Adegboyega (Gana) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Community Sustainability and the Environmental Science and Policy Program.