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.

Mar 16, 2015

Resilience of smallholders should be key theme in Sendai

Reflections about the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Mar 6, 2015

Women’s empowerment in agriculture

Picturing it over 20 years of IFPRI gender research

On March 8, IFPRI joins individuals and organizations around the world in celebrating International Women’s Day. The theme this year, “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” urges us to both celebrate connections between women and community empowerment and to envision new ways to advance the rights of women.

Mar 3, 2015

From famine to feast in forty years: Policy matters

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. It is the first in a series of blog stories celebrating IFPRI’s 40th anniversary.

Feb 26, 2015

Leading, following, and innovating to feed a carbon-neutral world

Borrowing innovative ideas from research and other sectors, adjusting them, and scaling them up to meet the demand from developing country partners is essential if we are to make real progress toward creating a carbon-neutral world. Finding ways in which clean energy technology can be used to increase agricultural production without placing undue burdens on natural resources will be a necessary step toward helping we reach our emission targets moving forward.

Feb 11, 2015

Integrating political economy analysis into food security research

Why are seemingly optimal investments and policies for reducing hunger and poverty so difficult to achieve in practice? Although scarce empirical research or insufficient technical capacity may be partially responsible, a lack of political incentives by those with the power to make decisions is often a key reason why it is so difficult to bridge the gap from research to policy reform.

Feb 5, 2015

Recipes for success

How to influence behaviors for good through social marketing

Many challenges to economic growth—from poor nutrition to low farm yields—require not only tools and interventions, but individual behavior change. Unfortunately, there is often a disconnect between what is needed to change behaviors and where we are investing public resources to address a given problem. By promoting single, simple, doable behaviors, social marketers can help bring about tangible results over time, and replace unproductive behaviors with positive ones.