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Rajul Pandya-Lorch

Chief of Staff, Director General’s Office and Head, 2020 Vision Initiative , International Food Policy Research Institute
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Research field: Economics
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Awards and Grants

  •  Jul 2010 
    Agricultural & Applied Economics Association award for Quality of Communication Award for Millions F
  •  Jan 2010 
    Four (4) Mercury Excellence awards for the project on “Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultura
  •  Jan 2002 
    American Agricultural Economics Association award for Distinguished Policy Contribution (with Per Pi

Biographical Information

Rajul Pandya-Lorch, a Kenyan citizen of Indian origin, is head of IFPRI's 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Initiative, a global initiative that seeks to identify solutions for meeting world food needs while reducing poverty and protecting the environment. She concurrently serves as Chief of Staff in the Director General's Office.

Before taking her current position, Pandya-Lorch was special assistant to IFPRI's former director general, Per Pinstrup-Andersen. An IFPRI staff member since 1987, she has focused her research on trends in and prospects for global food security and on policies to alleviate and prevent food insecurity, poverty, and environmental degradation, with particular emphasis on sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has facilitated three major international conferences on (1) “Sustainable Food Security for All by 2020”, in Bonn, Germany on September 4-6, 2001; (2) “Assuring Food and Nutrition Security in Africa by 2020”, in Kampala, Uganda on April 1-3, 2004; and (iii) “Taking Action for the World’s Poor and Hungry People”, in Beijing, China, on October 17-19, 2007. Since October 2008 she has led a major project, “Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development” that document evidence on policies, programs, and investments in agricultural development that have actually reduced hunger and poverty.

In recognition of her achievements, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) presented Pandya-Lorch and David Spielman with its 2010 Quality of Communication Award for their work on Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development. She has also received the American Agricultural Economics Association’s 2002 award for Distinguished Policy Contribution, along with Per Pinstrup-Andersen and Mark Rosegrant. Pandya-Lorch earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Wellesley College and a master's degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University.

Professional Associations:

(1) Member, American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA)
(2) Member, International Agricultural Economics Association (IAEA)
(3) Member, Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD)
(4) Member, Editorial Board of the journal “Food Security: the science, sociology and economics of food production and access to food”

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Professional Experience


2005 - Present
Chief of Staff, Director General’s Office and Head, 2020 Vision Initiative at International Food Policy Research Institute
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Jan 1998 - Jan 2004
Head, 2020 Vision Initiative for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment at International Food Policy Research Institute
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Jan 1993 - Jan 1998
Special Assistant to the Director General, Secretary to the Board of Trustees, and Secretary to the at International Food Policy Research Institute
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Jan 1990 - Jan 1993
Research Analyst, Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at International Food Policy Research Institute
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Jan 1988 - Jan 1990
Research Assistant, Director General’s Office at International Food Policy Research Institute
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Jan 1987 - Jan 1988
Research Assistant, Trade and Macroeconomics Division at International Food Policy Research Institute
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Education


Sep 1985 - May 1987
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Masters in Public and International Affairs
Sep 1981 - Jun 1985
Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States
Bachelor in Economics

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Webpage: www.ifpri.org

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