Dr. Sara Boettiger will discuss lessons learned about past agricultural transformations in LMICs that drove mass poverty reduction, improvements in food security, and agriculture-led economic growth. She will then highlight the ways in which we are currently in a different era, requiring new tradeoffs and tools to drive economic development in LMICs. In particular, the roles for the private sector are critical, and they are accompanied by increasing incentives for private sector engagement in agricultural transformation.
Dr. Sara Boettiger serves as Head of Global Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability for the Crop Science division of Bayer. In this role, she is a member of the Crop Science Executive Leadership Team and the Corporate Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability Leadership Team. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Boettiger collaborates with key partners to identify solutions to the challenges faced by farmers and the environment, finds common ground with stakeholders and critics, and expands Bayer’s sustainability efforts.
Boettiger is passionate about our generational responsibility to create a more sustainable global agri-food system for the future. Prior to joining Bayer, Boettiger was a Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Co. where she co-led the McKinsey Center for Agricultural Transformation. This included working with governments and companies to tackle global hunger and malnutrition, improve the lives of smallholder farmers, and address climate change. The speaker will present via Zoom.