Press Notice No. 27, Session 2003-04


DFID’s Agriculture Policy

In December the Department for International Development (DFID) published its policy paper entitled ‘Agriculture and poverty reduction: unlocking the potential’. DFID is consulting on its proposals and the Committee plans to produce a short report by way of a submission to the consultation (as announced in Press Notice 14, Session 2002-03).  The Committee plans to hold the following evidence session on Wednesday 12th May:

Date and venue: Wednesday 12 May 2004, The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Time: 2.30pm

Witnesses (NGOs): Dr Christie Peacock, Chief Executive, FARM-Africa; Andrew Jowett, Director, Harvest Help; Colin Williams OBE, Director, International Development Enterprises; and  Lea Borkenhagen, Livelihoods Programme Development Manager, Oxfam.

And at approximately 3.15pm

Witnesses (Policy experts): Michael Hubbard, Birmingham University; Colin Poulton, Imperial College; Peter Hazell, Director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington; and Dr Steve Wiggins, Overseas Development Institute.

The Committee plans to hold a further evidence session on Tuesday 25th May:

Date and venue: Tuesday 25th May 2004, Palace of Westminster or Portcullis House

Time: 2.30 pm

Witnesses (Practical solutions): Mr Stephen Carr OBE, Independent Expert on African Agriculture; and Jonathan Coulter, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich.

And at approximately 3.15pm

Witnesses (The role of technological research): Colin Thirtle and John Mumford, Imperial College; George Rothschild, Co-ordinator, Independent Advisory Committee of DFID Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) Programmes; and Michael Lipton, Sussex University.


The Committee will be receiving copies of consultation responses sent to DFID. It is not necessary, therefore, to send the Committee copies of submissions already sent to DFID. Any individual or organisation wishing to make a separate submission to the Committee should contact Sarah Hartwell Naguib, Second Clerk, on 020 7219 0851 or


Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Tony Baldry (Chairman) (Conservative), John Barrett (Liberal Democrat), Mr John Battle (Labour), Hugh Bayley (Labour), Ann Clwyd (Labour), Mr Tony Colman (Labour), Mr Quentin Davies (Conservative), Mr Piara S. Khabra (Labour), Chris McCafferty (Labour), Mr Andrew Robathan (Conservative) and Tony Worthington (Labour).

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