Apr 15, 2015

Unlocking the code to economic models

AGRODEP consortium offers free web-based training on GAMS to public

Economic models can be used to conduct research on a wide range of topics and help analyze policies pertaining to agricultural growth, poverty, climate change, and natural resource management, to name a few. Libraries of models are widely available at research institutions and via professional organizations but, without knowledge of the coding language used to operate modeling software, such libraries might as well be in a storeroom under lock and key.

Apr 14, 2015

Unraveling the enigma of South Asian malnutrition

The following post by IFPRI senior researcher Lawrence Haddad is part of an ongoing series of blog stories celebrating IFPRI’s 40th anniversary. Each story authored by current and former IFPRI research staff highlights a key research topic through the years from the personal perspective of the researcher.

Apr 8, 2015

Poverty reduction for smallholder farmers, Brazilian-style: Can it work in Africa?

SPOTLIGHT: Pilot project in Malawi

The following post, written by Kate Ambler, Alan de Brauw, and Susan Godlonton from IFPRI’s Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, is the first in a series of researcher-authored blog stories highlighting ongoing applied microeconomics research at IFPRI.

Apr 7, 2015

Why gender matters for food safety

The following is an excerpted version of a blog story originally published on the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) website. The story relates closely to this year’s theme for World Health Day, which highlights the importance of food safety across the global food system.

Apr 3, 2015

Green gains?

Nutrition outcomes in post-Green Revolution Bangladesh

While gains in agricultural productivity and poverty reduction achieved during the Green Revolution have been widely recognized, little is known of how these shifts in practice and production impacted the nutritional status of individuals in these countries, particularly women and children.

The mix of policies to promote inputs such as irrigation and fertilizers, in conjunction with high-yield varieties of rice, wheat, and maize—known collectively as the Green Revolution—helped Asia to scale up food production dramatically over the last 40 years.

Mar 31, 2015

Do high food prices and droughts fuel conflict?

Highlights from chapter 7 of the 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report

The following story by Jacopo Bordignon shares highlights from Chapter 7 of the 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report, which was authored by Clemens Breisinger, Olivier Ecker, and Jean Francois Trinh Tan from IFPRI's Development Strategy and Governance Division.

Mar 20, 2015

How can reliable water access contribute to nutrition security in Africa south of the Sahara?

IFPRI research on water for sustainable development

The following blog story was written by Laia Domènech, visiting fellow in the Environment and Production Technology Division at IFPRI, in honor of World Water Day 2015. The theme of this year’s event on March 22 is “Water for Sustainable Development.”

Mar 20, 2015

The power of WASH

Why sanitation matters for nutrition

*The following post by IFPRI senior research fellow Lawrence Haddad shares highlights from Chapter 3 of the 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report, which Haddad co-authored with Dean Spears, Director of R.I.C.E. and visiting economist at the Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics, India.

Mar 19, 2015

The persistent hunger problem in middle income countries

Highlights from the 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report

Countries such as India, Brazil, and China have made impressive economic strides in recent years and are the foundation of what are termed middle income countries (MICs).

They also have a persistent hunger problem.