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Perspectives in International Development Seminar Series

Seminar Time (online only) – Wednesdays, 12:40–1:30 pm (USA Eastern Time). 

This seminar series features a broad range of researchers and development practitioners presenting the latest findings on contemporary issues relating to sustainable development throughout the world. The seminar series is open to all students and faculty.  Students may earn 1 credit (S/U only) by enrolling in IARD, NTRES, AEM or PLSCS 6960. The seminar series is co-sponsored by the Department of Global Development, the Department of Natural Resources,  the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the School of Integrative Plant Science.

Seminar Facilitators
Louise Buck, Department of Natural Resources,          
Ed Mabaya, Department of Global Development, 
Terry Tucker, Department of Global Development,

YouTube Playlist of Past Seminars

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Fall 2020

Date Event Title and Presenter
September 9 From Sustainable Forest Management to Forest Landscape Restoration:  Analysis of Two Participatory Approaches 
Carol Colfer, adjunct professor, Cornell Southeast Asia Program 
September 16 Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA): Why is it needed in developing countries?
John Recha, participatory action research specialist, CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
September 23 Scaling-up Agroforestry to Transform Landscapes: Examples from Ecuador 
Louise Buck, senior extension associate, Department of Natural Resources, and program lead, Collaborative Management, EcoAgriculture Partners
September 30 Incorporating Stakeholder Input in the Development of Croatia’s National Agricultural and Rural Development Strategy, 2020-2030  
David Lee, professor, Global Development and Dyson School; Philip Van der Celen and Svetlana Edmeades, World Bank
October 7

Integrated Innovation System Programs: a no regret investment for a +Covid world?
Bram Govaerts, Interim Deputy Director General, Director of the Integrated Development Program, Representative for the Americas and Mexico Country Representative, CIMMYT, and AD White Professor at Large, Cornell University

October 28 Modernizing Agricultural Water Management in Tamil Nadu State, India.
Vibhu Nayer, IAS Officer and Project Director, Tamil Nadu Irrigated Agriculture Modernization and Water Resources Management Project.  Government of Tamil Nadu, India
November 4 Large-scale renewable energy in New York: issues of governance, community participation, and benefit sharing 
David Kay, senior extension associate, Department of Global Development, Cornell
November 11 Getting Improved Seed to Smallholder Farmers: Findings from The African Seed Access Index
Ed Mabaya, senior research associate, Department of Global Development, Cornell
December 2 Gender Equity & Social Inclusion among Community Forest User Groups in Nepal
Leala Rosen, program officer, Conservation Leadership Programme at the Wildlife Conservation Society  
December 9 Building resilient and sustainable food systems - Perspectives from the Africa Development Bank
Andrew Mude, division manager, African Development Bank