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Havener Lecture: Byerlee to speak on development

Derek Byerlee, Director for the World Bank’s World Development Report 2008, will present the second Robert D. Havener memorial lecture on Tuesday, 9 June, in the auditorium at El Batán at 3 pm.

Byerlee is well known to many CIMMYT staff from his days as Director of the Economics Program (1987-1994). His topic on Tuesday is “Drivers of demand for agricultural research and development: What does the future hold?” It will probably draw heavily on the information collected for the new World Development Report, which will be released on 19 October. The report is one of the most respected and widely quoted publications of the World Bank and, for the first time in its 25-year history, will focus on agricultural development.

Bob Havener, who died at age 75 in August 2005, was Director General of CIMMYT from 1978 to 1985. He had a distinguished career serving many CGIAR research centers. In his honor several centers, including CIMMYT, participate in an annual lecture series. The first lecture in the series was held last year at ICARDA.