IFPRI Director General's statement from Second International Conference on Nutrition
First-ever Global Nutrition Report calls for greater accountability and action for combatting global malnutrition
Malnutrition affects one in two people on the planet. 165 million children under the age of five suffer from stunting, while two billion people are deficient in one or more essential micronutrients, such as vitamin A, zinc, and iron. Meanwhile, 1.5 billion people are classified as overweight or obese. The costs of failing to address malnutrition are tragically high: premature death, stressed health systems, and a severe drag on economic progress.
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Nearly 40 percent of children in Rwanda do not consume enough iron, which can have long-term consequences, including lower learning capacities, resistance to disease, and diminished energy levels. However, a new biofortified bean variety containing 15 percent more iron than traditional beans is offering hope for addressing the problem. More than 700,000 Rwandan farmers have already started growing the new iron beans since they were introduced in 2011.
Vitamin A, iodine, iron, zinc and folate deficiencies affect billions of children. How can the quality of food be improved?
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Do expensive fertilizer subsidy programs reduce poverty?
Africa south of the Sahara has been plagued by low agricultural productivity while at the same time fertilizer usage has remained stubbornly low in the region. In an attempt to boost output, African governments have taken to subsidizing productivity-enhancing inputs such as fertilizer. Once a mainstay during the 1970s and 80s, the austerity programs of the following decade put a damper on funding for such subsidies. The food price crisis of 2007-08, however, sparked a renewed interest in input subsidies as a means of tackling both poverty and food insecurity.
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IFPRI has been committed to the core principles of the Open Access movement since the time of the institute’s creation in 1975. All materials published by IFPRI are considered international public goods and, to date, over 5600 publications have been made freely available to all. The 1995 launch of the institute’s website led to many of its products being available electronically and, as technology developed, IFPRI’s institutional repositories allowed for the open sharing and harvesting of publication metadata from other organizations and online repositories. IFPRI researchers, along with the Communications and Knowledge Management Division, are committed to making all IFPRI authored publications, including those published in peer-reviewed journals, OA. The institute’s knowledge repository currently contains over 300 Open Access journal articles and book chapters.
Ignoring hunger and malnutrition will have significant costs to any country’s development. Nutrition improvement has both intrinsic and instrumental value.
The following story by S. Mahendra Dev, Director of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research and IFPRI Board member, was originally published on the online version of The Hindu.