In 2010, rising food prices and extreme events such as earthquakes, fires, droughts, and floods created new stresses on the world food system and generated fresh concern about the potential for a reprise of the 2007–08 food price crisis. It is clear that more must be done to increase the resiliency of the food system so that it can meet all people’s needs for enough nutritious food, help farmers achieve adequate livelihoods, and accomplish these goals in a changing and volatile climate. Given the heightened attention to the global food system, IFPRI’s work is more relevant than ever.
IFPRI’s role in this context is to conduct rigorous policy research to clarify options and identify possible solutions to policy problems. In 2010, the Institute carried out research on many topics of concern to policymakers, including climate change, trade, markets, natural resource management, responses to humanitarian emergencies, governance, gender, safety nets, diet quality, and biotechnology. Among other findings, IFPRI researchers identified the causes of the 2007–08 food price crisis and recommended steps to help prevent future crises. These and other research results reached a growing audience around the world via the Institute’s publications, online resources, seminars, training sessions, and consultations. As a result, IFPRI has become the “go-to” source for sound, evidence-based research on issues related to food policy.
This annual report highlights just a few noteworthy projects in each of IFPRI’s main research themes, as well as some of its key efforts to communicate research results, develop partnerships, assess impact, and strengthen capacity. More details on all of the Institute’s work can be found at www.ifpri.org/ourwork/programs.