Source: 2010 Pietro Cenini/Panos

Annual Report 2009

Overview

Recent years have been difficult for the world’s poor and hungry. By 2009, the worst of the dramatic food price increases had passed, but the world was still reeling from the global economic downturn. As a result, economic activity has lagged, and industrial countries have largely failed to fulfill their commitments to fund efforts to reduce hunger and improve food security.

The number of hungry people spiked to more than 1 billion in 2009; the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of hungry people by 2015 looked farther away than ever.

Difficult times mean difficult choices for policymakers. IFPRI’s contribution has been to continue conducting rigorous and wide-ranging policy research to clarify options and identify possible solutions to policy problems. As this report shows, IFPRI’s work touches on many of the most important issues facing policymakers: food prices, climate change, trade, markets, natural resource management, response to
humanitarian emergencies, gender, safety nets, and biotechnology. IFPRI has communicated the results of its research through a wide array of publications, online resources, workshops and seminars, training sessions, and consultations.

In addition, IFPRI has placed increasing emphasis on its country-specific programs. At the country level, where policymakers and other stakeholders have the knowledge about what is needed and the capacity to act, IFPRI is supporting their efforts to design and carry out development and food security strategies. Notable recent country-specific work has taken place in Bangladesh and Yemen.

This annual report highlights just a few noteworthy projects in each theme; more details on all of IFPRI’s activities can be found at www.ifpri.org/ourwork/programs.