Understanding Global   
Development Challenges


26 OCTOBER 2017

9.00 – 09.30 Registration

09.30 – 10.00
Welcoming and opening remarks

Paul Winters (IFAD

Furio C. Rosati (ICID and University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)


10.00 – 11.30
Session I  -  Agriculture and rural development I
Chair: Lorenzo Guarcello

A Systematic Review of the Impact of Agricultural Research of Farmers Welfare
Alessandra Garbero (IFAD), Pierre Marion (IFAD) 

Effects of Food Price Shocks on Child Malnutrition: the Mozambican Experience 2008/2009
Vincenzo Salvucci
(United Nations University), Channing Arndt (IFPRI), M. Azhar Hussain (Roskilde University), Lars Peter Osterdal (University of Southern Denmark)

Risk-Related Effects of Cash Transfers on Modern Inputs Demand
Ervin Prifti (FAO), Silvio Daidone (FAO), Benjamin  Davis (FAO), Sudhanshu Handa (UNICEF), David Seidenfeld (American Institute for Research)

11.30 - 11.45  Coffee break

11.45 – 13.15 
Session II -  The heterogeneous impact of cash transfers
Chair: M. Gabriella Breglia


Does “Soft Conditionality” Increase the Impact of Cash Transfers on Desired Outcomes? Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in Lesotho
Noemi Pace (University Ca’ Foscari of Venice and FAO), Silvio Daidone (FAO), Benjamin Davis (FAO), Ousmane Niang (UNICEF), Luca Pellerano (ILO)

Heterogeneous Impact of Unconditional Cash Transfer: Evidence From a Randomized Experiment in Lesotho
Eleonora Porreca (University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and ICID), Luca Pellerano (ILO), Furio C. Rosati (ICID and University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)

Revisiting the impact of Oportunidades/Prospera on children's activity in Mexico. Evidence from nationally representative data
Giuseppe Dachille (University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and ICID), Furio C. Rosati (ICID - University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)

13.15 - 14.15 Lunch Break


14.15 – 15.45 Session III - Agricolture and rural development II
Chair: Anita Guelfi


Agricultural Supply Chains, Growth, and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa
Nicolas Depetris-Chauvin (University of Applied Sciences), Guido Porto (Universidad Nacional de La Plata), Francis Mulangu (African Center for Economic Transformation)

Are Seminars on Export Promotion Effective? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial
Yu Ri Kim (University of Tokyo), Yasuyuki Todo (Waseda University), Daichi Shimamoto (Waseda University), Petr Matous (The University of Sidney) 

Aid to Agriculture, Trade and Take-off
Ilaria Tedesco
(IFAD), Alessandra Pelloni (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”), Thanasis Stengos (University of Guelph


15.45 – 16.00   Coffee break

16.00 – 17.30 Session IV -  Human Capital
Chair: Furio C. Rosati

Education is Forbidden: The Effect of the Boko Haram Conflict on Schooling in Nigeria
Eleonora Bertoni (IDB), Michele Di Maio (University of Naples “Parthenope”), Vasco Molini (World Bank), Roberto Nisticò (University of Naples “Federico II” and CSEF)

The Effect of Parental Job Loss on Child School Drop Out: Evidence from Occupied Palestinian Territories
Roberto Nisticò (University of Naples “Federico II” and CSEF), Michele di Maio (University of Naples “Parthenope”)

Fostering, Children’s Time Use and Schooling in Niger: A test of the Cinderella Effect
Lucia Mangiavacchi (University of Balearic Islands and IZA), Eliane El Badaoui (Universitè de Paris Ouest Nanterre)


27 OCTOBER 2017

9.30 – 11.30
Session V -  Migration and Development
Chair: Elena Masi

Effects of Internal Migration of Youth’s Cognitive and Psychosocial Skills in Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam
Maria Franco Gavonel
(University of Oxford)

Internal Migration and Occupational Outcomes in Zimbabwe
Jena Farai (University of Sussex)

Internal Migration and Vulnerability to Poverty in Tanzania
Pasquale Scaramozzino (SOAS University of London and University of Rome “Tor Vergata”), Rebecca Pietrelli (FAO)

Does Relative Deprivation Induce Migration? Evidence-based on Multidimensional Well-Being Status in Uganda
Kashi Kafle
(IFAD), Rui Benfica (IFAD), Paul Winters (IFAD)

11.30 - 11.45 Coffee Break

11:45 - 13:45
Session VI - Climate Change and Development
Chair: Alessandra Righi

Inflows and outflows of climate migrants: the impact on local conflict
Cristina Cattaneo (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei), Valentina Bosetti (Bocconi University, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and CMCC)

Temperature Shocks, Growth and Poverty Threshold: Evidence from Rural Tanzania
Marco Letta (University of Rome “La Sapienza”), Pierluigi Montalbano (University of Rome “La Sapienza” and University of Sussex), Richard S.J. Tol (University of Sussex, Vrije Universiteit, Tinbergen Institute and CESifo)

Diversification Under Climate Variability as Part of CSA strategy in Zambia and Malawi
Romina Cavatassi (IFAD), Solomon Asfaw (FAO), Nancy McCarthy (FAO), Adriana Paolantonio (IFAD), Mulubrhan Amare, Leslie Lipper (FAO)

Climate Resilience in Rural Zambia: Evaluating Farmers’ Response to El Niño-induced Drought
Aslihan Arslan (IFAD), Federica Alfani (FAO), Nancy McCarthy (Lead Analytics), Romina Cavatassi
(IFAD), Nick Sitko (FAO)

13.45 – 14.45 Lunch break


14.45 – 15.45
Panel discussion: Towards sustainable migration?
Chair: Vincenzo Giardina

Laura Frigenti (Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development)

Furio C. Rosati (ICID and  University of Rome “Tor Vergata”)

Cristina Franchini (UNHCR)

Novella Mori (Un ponte per...)

Maria Egizia Petroccione (Save the Children)

Lara Tomasetta (The Post Internazionale)

15.45 - 16.00 Closing remarks


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