Filley-Garey lecture is April 7

Uma Lele

March 31, 2017

Lincoln, Neb. — Uma Lele, 2017 recipient of the Dr. B.P. Pal Memorial Award for Excellence in Agricultural Sciences, will present this year’s Filley-Garey lecture, “Incentives and Rewards to Innovation in a Rapidly Changing Global Environment,” on April 7.

The presentation will be at 3 p.m. in the Arbor Suite of the Nebraska East Union at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Lele, a development economist and independent scholar, is a fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, member of the international advisory panel for the Daugherty Water for Food Institute and is a former senior advisor to the World Bank.

In the presentation, Lele will outline how, and how well, developing regions are undergoing changes in incentives for rapid broad based and sustainable growth, in the context of the highly different resource endowments and the departure from the traditional concept of structural transformation. Questions related are, for example, is large scale farming inevitable? Is it part of a power law? What does it mean for those excluded from the process of structural transformation? How can productive employment be expanded to absorb workers displaced from robotized technological change? Lele will assert that social science research is sorely needed but lacking. 

Lele has a Ph.D. from Cornell University and four decades of experience in research, operations, policy analysis and evaluation in the World Bank, universities and international organizations. She has received numerous honors including the apex award of India’s National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. 

A reception will follow the lecture. The Filley-Garey lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wei Wei Heselton at 402-472-1913 or

The Filley-Garey Lecture is an annual event, funded by the family of H. Clyde Filley and Bud Garey.

The lecture will be recorded and can be viewed online after the seminar at:

Wei Wei Heselton
Office Associate
Department of Agricultural Economics