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May 4, 2022 – NSF Special Topic Panel Discussion #4: War in Ukraine: Food Security

May 4, 2022 – NSF Special Topic Panel Discussion #4: War in Ukraine: Food Security

War in Ukraine: Food Security

May 4, 2022


Ms. Caitlin Welsh

Director, Global Food Security Program
Center for Strategic and International Security


Dr. William Payne

UNR, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources (CABNR)

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

  • When: Wednesday, May 4, 2022 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
  • Topic: NSF Special Panel #4: War in Ukraine – Food Security
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To help you stay informed about the rapidly changing and very dangerous situation in Ukraine, NSF will be hosting a series of Special Topics Panel Discussions with subject matter experts. These will be scheduled approximately every two weeks (more often as required). We are creating a new Ukraine War resource blog page on the NSF website where we will post timely information and thought pieces from different perspectives. I also encourage you to send topic requests, questions, and concerns to me at: [email protected]

NSF will host our Fourth War in Ukraine Special Topics Panel Discussion on global food security impacts from the war on Wednesday, May 4, 0900 – 1015 PDT. Our lead speaker will be Ms. Caitlin Welsh from the Center for Strategic and International Security (CSIS) in Washington, DC. Ms. Welsh is the Director of the Global Food Security Program at CSIS and recently hosted a virtual program on the impacts of the war on global food security with Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture (Taras Dzoba) and Beth Bechdol Deputy-General of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO). She has graciously agreed to share her insight with NSF about how the war is disrupting global exports of grains, oilseeds, and fertilizers and how these disruptions are likely to impact countries around the world, especially in the Middle East and Africa. Dr. William (Bill) Payne, UNR Dean of College of Agriculture, will discuss the short- and long-term repercussions of food supply disruptions in particularly vulnerable areas in Africa and how the international community is addressing these issues and what role the United States should play in mitigating potential food insecurity and famine, globally.

Stay tuned in and watch videos of our recent NSF programs on our War in Ukraine series and earlier programs at: (scroll to the bottom of the landing page to watch the videos)

Please join us for these very important and timely programs and be ready to share your thoughts and questions with our speakers.

Caitlin Welsh is the director of the Global Food Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she provides insights and policy solutions to global and U.S. food security challenges. She brings over a decade of U.S. government experience to this role. She served most recently in the National Security Council and National Economic Council as director of global economic engagement, where she coordinated U.S. policy in the G7 and G20. Prior to the White House, Ms. Welsh spent over seven years in the Department of State’s Office of Global Food Security, including as acting director, offering guidance to the secretary of state on global food security and its relationship to climate change, urbanization, and conflict. Ms. Welsh served as a presidential management fellow at the U.S. African Development Foundation and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. She has testified before Congress on food security and climate change, and her analysis has been featured in The Economist, Foreign Policy, BBC, and other outlets. Ms. Welsh received her BA from the University of Virginia and MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

(Invited) Dr. William (Bill) Payne is the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to joining UNR in 2014, he was in Ethiopia, where he worked with the International Center for Agricultural Research for the Dry Areas as Director of a $150 million research program aimed at improving food security and livelihoods in the dry areas of the world. Dr. Payne served as Professor of Crop Physiology at Texas A&M University and is former Research Director of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. He has advised charitable foundations, national and international agencies, publishers, foreign governments and universities on science, food security, and sustainable agriculture. Dr. Payne has been named fellow of five international scientific societies and has held numerous leadership roles at the state, national and international level. Dr. Payne has a BA in Chemistry from Wabash College and a MS and PhD from Texas A&M in Soil Science.

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