Nov 26, 2014

Doubling down on a good investment

Food security and R&D spending

As the world’s population continues to expand, ensuring that food production can meet the growing demand is an ever-mounting challenge. Climate change, soil degradation, and volatile food prices further threaten food security at a time when increasing agricultural output is paramount.

Nov 24, 2014

12 killer facts from the Global Nutrition Report

This blog story by IFPRI senior researcher Lawrence Haddad was originally posted on his Development Horizons blog.

I have described the Global Nutrition Report as an evidence based treasure trove for influencing.

You will have your own favorite stats, but here are some of mine:

Nov 20, 2014

Compact2025: New partnership for ending global hunger and undernutrition

IFPRI Director General's statement from Second International Conference on Nutrition

Nov 17, 2014

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.

Nov 10, 2014

Raising their voices to improve nutrition in Rwanda

Top musicians unite to promote biofortified beans via new music video

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.

Nov 6, 2014

Nutrient deficiencies: shining a light on hidden hunger

Vitamin A, iodine, iron, zinc and folate deficiencies affect billions of children. How can the quality of food be improved?

Nov 5, 2014

Hidden hunger, exposed

The following story by Brenna Fitzpatrick was originally published on the Food Tank blog.

Nov 4, 2014

In a changing climate, information is power

The following story by Alexa Jay was originally posted on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) news blog.

In a variable and changing climate, information may be the key to unlocking successful adaptation strategies. How can millions of farmers access climate information services that support adaptation to climate variability and change?

Oct 27, 2014

Malawi’s subsidy splurge

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.