The Sir John Crawford Memorial Address has been held since 1985, in honour of the distinguished Australian civil servant, educator and agriculturalist in whose name the Crawford Fund was established.
The 2015 Sir John Crawford Memorial Address, was presented by Dr Cary Fowler, crop diversity advocate who has overseen the development of the Svalbard Global ‘doomsday’ Seed Vault. Dr Fowler was introduced by The Hon Tim Fischer AC, former Deputy PM and chair of the Crawford Fund and current vice chair of the executive board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust. You can read Dr Cary Fowler’s Sir John Crawford Memorial Lecture here: Facing the uncomfortable challenge of food security.
Past addresses and presenters are listed below, with links where available:
2014Effective, Efficient, Ethical Solution to Feeding 9 Billion: Invest in Women
Professor Catherine Bertini, Senior Fellow, Global Agricultural Development Initiative, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University; former Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme (1992-2002)
1999 Reviving global poverty reduction: what role for genetically modified plants?
Dr. Michael Lipton, Research Professor, Economics, Poverty Research Unit, Sussex University, UK
1998 Harnessing science to solve global poverty and hunger
Professor Peter Doherty, Member, Department of Immunology (Michael F. Tamer Chair of Biomedical Research), St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee
1997 The challenge of development and poverty reduction in Africa
Mr. Omar Kabbaj, President, African Development Bank.
1996 The CGIAR at twenty-five: looking back and looking forward
Mr. Maurice F. Strong, Senior Advisor to President of the World Bank Group
1995 Global governance and new dimensions of human security
Sir Shridath Ramphal, Co-Chair of the Commission on Global Governance
1994 Agriculture and food needs to 2025: why we should be concerned
Dr. Alex F. McCalla, Chair, Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), CGIAR; Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, World Bank
1993 Towards sustainable food security
Mr. James Gustave Speth, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
1992 Agricultural development in Latin America and the role of research and technological change: an overview
Dr. Enrique Iglesias, President, Inter-American Development Bank
1991 The CGIAR at twenty: relevance reaffirmed, October 1991
A public symposium commemorating 20 years of the CGIAR. Speakers were Mr. Wilfiied P. Thalwitz, fifth chairman of the CGIAR and the World Banks Senior Vice President for Policy, Research and External Affairs: Mr. Robert W. Herdt, Director, Division for Agricultural Sciences, the Rockefeller Foundation; and Mr. E. Walter Coward Jr., Director, Rural Poverty and Resources Program, the Ford Foundation. Mr. Derek E. Tribe, Executive Director of Australia’s Crawford Fund for International Agricultural Research, presided.
1990 Changing nature of the food security challenge: implications for agricultural research and policy
Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, Chair, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu, India
1989 The challenge of agricultural development in Africa
Dr. Jacques Diouf, Special Adviser, Central Bank for West African States, Dakar, Senegal
1988 Agricultural development, growth and equity, forty years of experience
1987 Food and freedom
Professor Amartya Sen, Lament University Professor, Harvard University
1986 Hope for African agriculture
Dr Bukar Shaib, Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Rural Development, Nigeria
1985 The challenges for sub-Saharan Africa
Robert S. McNamara, (former) President, World Bank (to 1981)