Jan 22, 2015

Promoting healthy insect ecosystems in Cambodia to ensure agricultural sustainability

In order to feed a rapidly-growing population sustainably amid growing pressure from a changing climate, agricultural producers in Southeast Asia will need to build resilience by embracing landscape approaches and adopting climate-smart practices. Their success depends not only on the potential impact of ecosystem services, but also on willingness of farmers to adopt these practices.

Jan 16, 2015

Partnership potential

Engaging the private sector to improve food security in Eastern India

The following story by IFPRI senior research assistant Vijay Nazareth was originally published on the IFPRI South Asia blog.

Jan 15, 2015

Building resilience to crises in the Arab world

The following blog story by IFPRI senior researcher Perrihan Al-Riffai and Nerina Muzurovic, Knowledge Management Officer at IFAD, was originally posted on the Arab Food Security Blog.

Jan 12, 2015

Healthy soils for healthy people

2015 marks the United Nations (UN) International Year of Soils. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN says that, “One-third of all soils in the world are degraded and unless new approaches are adopted, globally, arable and productive land per person in 2050 will be one one-fourth of the level in 1960.”

Jan 7, 2015

Highlights from 2014

A year of nutrition

Looking back at 2014, it is clear that nutrition became a central theme of IFPRI’s research. Here are a handful of highlights from our research on nutrition from the past year:

Dec 22, 2014

Global values for global development

Klaus Leisinger is Founder and President of the Global Values Alliance, Special Adviser on the post-2015 Development and Business Ethics to the UN Global Compact and member of the Consortium Board of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The following blog is based on a longer Working Paper prepared for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Dec 16, 2014

Fueling the fire

Patents and innovation in China

Ideas can fuel economic development, which is why legal protection for these ideas—in the form of patents—is an essential building block of a healthy economy. China, once the manufacturing hub of the world, faces rising labor costs due to rising worker wages. As a result, demand for new technologies to replace these workers has skyrocketed. Patents are crucial to encouraging the development of new technologies and innovations, and China has become the world’s largest recipient of patent filings in the world.