Grain Reserves in an Unstable Climate

About the webinar

The ongoing drought in the U.S. and threats of food crises around the world point to the need for new solutions to cope with unstable weather and harvests. Since the first food price crisis in 2008, IATP, along with a growing number of civil society organizations, researchers and governments, have renewed and refocused work on grain reserves as a response to significantly diminished food stocks for international markets and an important instrument to build food security. In July 2012, IATP released Grain Reserves and the Food Price Crisis: Selected Writings from 2008--2012. The reader is an introduction to the issues and a snapshot of the important research and advocacy now supporting this important yet neglected tool for stability in food markets.

Please join us for an hour-long webinar to hear from two experts on reserves. Mamadou Goita, executive secretary of the West African Peasants' and Farmers' Network (ROPPA) will discuss efforts to advance regional reserves in West Africa. Daryll Ray, director of the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center at the University of Tennessee will present recent economic evidence for reserves. IATP's Sophia Murphy will moderate.

Presentation Slides


Mamadou Goita

Institute for Research and the Promotion of Alternatives in Development (IRPAD/Afrique)

Mamadou Goita, is a development socio-economist and a specialist in education and training systems from Mali, West Africa. He was the executive Secretary of the West African Peasants and Farmers…

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Sophia Murphy

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

From her home in Squamish, BC, Sophia Murphy's work is focused on agricultural trade rules, U.S. trade and agriculture policy, and the interests of developing countries in the multilateral trade…

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Daryll E. Ray, Ph.D.

The University of Tennessee

Dr. Daryll E. Ray is the Blasingame Chair of Excellence in Agricultural Policy, professor of agricultural and resource economics and director of the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center (APAC) at…

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Posted October 15, 2012