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