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Food For Thought: New agricultural challenges for Indonesia and the Philippines

Public Seminar

Monday 29th October 2012, 6.30pm to 8pm, Room NAB115, New Academic Building, LSE

Speaker: Roger Montgomery

Chair: Ruth Kattumuri

Exploring new initiatives for linking research with poverty alleviation in Southeast Asia’s two most grain-deficient nations, Dr Montgomery focuses attention on ways of raising income levels for farmers in the steeply sloping uplands of SE Asia. Too frequently overlooked by economic planners, these remote areas deserve more attention than they are currently receiving from government and academics alike because they contain great poverty, great challenges and great opportunities for improving the lives of the people.

Something these upland farmers have in common with their rice-growing lowland cousins is their vulnerability to the vagaries of the weather and to the long term forces of climate change. Dr Montgomery draws special attention to the difficulties these external factors bring to planning for the future of these long neglected regions.

Dr Roger Montgomery| of the Asia Research Centre has been associated with poverty-reduction projects in various countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. He contributed to the design of the poverty reduction, and rural/upland projects in Indonesia, Lao PDR, Bangladesh, Viet Nam and Sri Lanka. He also worked in Tunisia, Armenia, Thailand, Moldova, Philippines, and Mexico, often as team leader for a range of assignments, including analysis of institutional performance, economics, the design and conduct of surveys, economic research into policy issues, review of pricing, tax and monopoly policies, agribusiness, and evaluation of project funding. Dr Montgomery earned his PhD in Agriculture Economics from Cornell University, USA, in 1974.

Dr Ruth Kattumuri| is Co-Director of the Asia Research Centre and India Observatory.

Additional Information

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email arc@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 7615.

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