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Wednesday, October 17 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Indices and Indicators: Creating a Common Language for Measuring Success

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Speakers Include:
Leo Abruzzese
- Custom Research and Editorial Director, Americas, Economist
Intelligence Unit
Sandy Andelman - Senior Vice President, Conservation International; Executive Director,
Vital Signs
Sara Boettiger - Founding Director, AgPartnerXChange
Rajul Pandya-Lorch - Head, 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Initiative
Pedro Sanchez (Moderator) - Director, Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program

With the growing popularity of partnerships in furthering agricultural development andconfronting the challenges of hunger and poverty, we acknowledge the need for effective tools to evaluateour approach, implementation and results. Specifically, this conversation session seeks to explore the following:

- What are the appropriate fundamentals in metrics & evaluation that should be evaluated in apartnership? Are there different criteria depending on the type of partnership (e.g. private-public,public-public, private-private, etc.)? What about geographies and other factors?

- How can we find a common measure for success given our various shareholders and stakeholdersacross the value chain? How do we fairly gather, interpret and compare the data (at times disparate orlimited) across countries, demographics, projects, etc.? How do we truly define such terms as “returnon investment” and “sustainability” to satisfy a diverse composition of stakeholders, beneficiariesand donors? How do we maximize objectivity and minimize potential conflict of interest in this area,depending on partnership constituents and participants? Moreover, how do we most effectivelycommunicate such information and reporting to the general public or key groups such aspolicymakers?

- In terms of implementation, what are some past lessons we’ve learned in evaluating partnerships andhow can we improve for the future? What are some existing challenges that we still need to overcome? Any low-hanging fruits that we can overcome in the near future?

- How have our approaches to partnerships evolved and in what direction do you see us heading in the next five, 10, 20 years? Any exciting new trends, innovations, changes to methodology?

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Leo Abruzzese

Director, Custom Research and Editorial Director - Americas, Economist Intelligence Unit
Leo Abruzzese is responsible for the Economist Intelligence Unit's editorial operations in the Americas. Based in New York, he oversees a team of country analysts and is responsible for EIU's business research projects in the region. He writes regularly on the US economy and leads... Read More →
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Sandy Andelman

Executive Director, Vital Signs
Sandy Andelman is Senior Vice President at Conservation International (CI), and Executive Director of the Vital Signs monitoring system, which fills a critical unmet need for integrative, diagnostic data on agriculture, natural capital and human well-being.  Vital Signs Africa was... Read More →
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Sara Boettiger

Founding Director, AgPartnerXChange
Dr. Boettiger is founding CEO of GATD Foundation, Chairman of the CGIAR center CIMMYT, Adjunct Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and founding Director of AgPartnerXChange (www.apxc.org), a new initiative launched by the Syngenta Foundation... Read More →
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Rajul Pandya-Lorch

Head, 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture & the Environment Initiative, IFPRI
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... Read More →
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Pedro Sanchez

Director, Tropical Agriculture & Rural Environment Program, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Pedro Sanchez is the Director of the TropAg Program, Senior Research Scholar, and Director of the Millennium Villages Project at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He also directs AfSIS, the African Soils Information Service developing the digital soils map of the world... Read More →

Wednesday October 17, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Iowa Ballroom (2nd Floor) Downtown Des Moines Marriott