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September 04, 2013
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New International Agronomy Lecture Series Brings Global Food Security Leader to K-State Sept. 11

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Echeverría is Inaugural Speaker for Chuck and Sue Rice International Lecture

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A new lectureship series in Kansas State University’s Department of Agronomy kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 11 with a special lecture by a renowned international leader in global food security issues.

Ruben G. Echeverría, director general of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, will be the inaugural speaker for the Chuck and Sue Rice International Agronomy Lecture, which is open to the public. The title of his talk is “New Research Partnerships for Global Food Security.” The lecture, which begins at 4 p.m. with a reception at 3:30 p.m., will be in 1014 Throckmorton Hall on the K-State campus. 

Born in Uruguay, Echeverría has worked on agricultural and rural development issues for more than 30 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy, and advanced degrees in agricultural economics. He has conducted field research in Mexico, and worked on policy issues in Asia, Africa and Latin America during his career.

In 1992, he joined the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. From 2004 to early 2009 he was the executive director of the Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, based at the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy. Since 2009, he has served as the director general of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture – CIAT, a CGIAR Center, based in Colombia.

CIAT was established in 1967 with a mission to reduce hunger and poverty, and improve human health in the tropics through research. The organization has a global research mandate related to food security, natural resources and policy analysis, working with a staff of 850.

The Chuck and Sue Rice International Agronomy Lecture was established for attracting scholars to interact with students and faculty on the international aspects of agronomy, agriculture and the environment.

The lecture honors the ongoing career of Charles W. Rice and his years of service to Kansas State University and the global agricultural community. Donations were provided through honorariums received by Rice for speaking engagements and through other donors to endow the fund.

For more information on the new lectureship series and how to make contributions to the fund that supports it, contact Rice at cwrice@ksu.edu.


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Story by: Steve Watson
K-State Research & Extension News

Charles W. Rice is at 785-532-7217 or cwrice@ksu.edu