The role of development finance institutions in addressing food security in fragile economies

The role of development finance institutions in addressing food security in fragile economies

Organized by the Private Sector Development Research Network

Hosted by ODI, the global affairs think tank

Friday, 19 April 2024, from 09:00 – 10:00 EST | 14:00 – 15:00 GMT

Link to Join will be posted here soon


Food insecurity remains a critical challenge in fragile and conflict-affected states due to economic and political instability. While private sector involvement is key to addressing this issue, development finance institutions (DFIs) currently invest minimal amounts in the agriculture sectors of fragile contexts.

This seminar will explore the urgent challenges of food security and economic development in fragile contexts, focusing on private sector solutions. It will examine how DFIs can address food insecurity in the “10+1” countries — Afghanistan, CAR, DRC, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Nigeria — identified by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) as at risk of food crises.

Speakers will discuss potential strategies to enhance food security through productivity improvements and direct investments in the food supply chain. They will also discuss the role of DFIs and private sector solutions in overcoming economic challenges and improving food security in vulnerable countries.

The seminar aims to foster discussions on increasing DFI engagement in vulnerable economies to improve food security outcomes.

The research report can also be found here


Professor Dirk Willem te Velde

Director, International Economic Development Group, Principal Research Fellow, ODI

Dr. te Velde is a Principal Research Fellow and Director at ODI’s International Economic Development Group. He oversees key programs on investment and trade in Africa and economic transformation. With a prolific career, Dr. te Velde has authored 20 books, 30 peer-reviewed articles, and 40 book chapters on investment, trade, and economic development.

Dr. te Velde’s expertise is recognised globally through contributions to leading media outlets like the BBC and the Economist. He has advised governments, parliaments, and international organisations worldwide including both Houses of the UK Parliament, donor agencies such as FCDO, European Commission, UN and the World Bank, and government ministers and heads of state in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Nepal.

Dr. te Velde holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is currently a Professor of Practice at SOAS University of London, where he has made significant contributions to development economics and policy.

Additionally, Dr. te Velde serves as Director of the Secretariat of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade out of Poverty. He is also a member of the UK DIT Strategic Trade Advisory Group and an alternate on the UK NCP Steering Board for OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises.

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** More speakers will be announced soon.


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