Peace Lecture explores feeding the world while preserving the earth

While Americans are in the midst of a renewed fascination with food, evidenced by a proliferation of celebrity chefs and television shows devoted to cooking, threats to the global food supply are growing, and much of the world is still wondering where its next meal will come from.

Rajul Pandya-Lorch

Rajul Pandya-Lorch of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will address "Global Food Security: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities" in this year’s Edward Lamb Peace Lecture. She will speak at 7 p.m. April 10 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater (Room 206).

Pandya-Lorch heads the institute’s 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Initiative, a global effort that seeks to identify solutions for meeting world food needs while reducing poverty and protecting the environment. A Kenyan citizen of Indian origin, she is also chief of staff in the IFPRI director general's office and was previously special assistant to the director general.

Pandya-Lorch researches trends in and prospects for global food security and develops policies to alleviate and prevent food insecurity, poverty and environmental degradation, with particular emphasis on sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has facilitated two major international conferences, on "Sustainable Food Security for All by 2020," in Bonn, Germany, in 2001, and "Assuring Food and Nutrition Security in Africa by 2020," in Kampala, Uganda, in 2004. The American Agricultural Economics Association presented her with its 2002 award for Distinguished Policy Contribution.

She earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Wellesley College and a master's degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University.

The Edward Lamb Peace Lecture annually brings to BGSU internationally recognized experts to address major environmental issues and how they affect world security. The lecture series began in 1986 in honor of the late Edward Lamb, a prominent Toledo lawyer committed to social justice, civil rights and world peace. It is underwritten by the Lamb Foundation of Toledo.

The Environmental Health and Environmental Studies programs organize the conference each year. For more information, contact Dr. Gary Silverman at, or 2-6886.

April 7, 2008