May 22, 2015

Battered but not broken

Building a resilient food system in Nepal

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post.

May 19, 2015

Does aflatoxin exposure cause child stunting?

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Mitigating Aflatoxin Consumption for Improving Child Growth in Eastern Kenya (MAICE)

The following post, written by Kelly Jones and Vivian Hoffmann from IFPRI’s Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, is part of an ongoing series of researcher-authored blog stories highlighting research in progress at IFPRI.

May 18, 2015

What happens when you give people a windfall?

What happens when you give the equivalent of one year’s household budget—no strings attached—to extremely poor people in rural Kenya? Will they use the money to purchase basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter? Or will they squander the money on alcohol and cigarettes or some other nonessential item or activity?

The latest issue of IFPRI’s Insights Magazine includes a feature article on how best to design safety net programs for the most vulnerable people. One approach it looks at is unconditional cash transfers.

May 15, 2015

Exposing hidden hunger

A bi-coastal vizathon event

The following is a slightly modified version of a blog story that was originally published on Bread for the World’s Institute Notes.

May 14, 2015

The latest from IFPRI Insights magazine

Feature article: Does money talk?

The latest edition of Insights, IFPRI’s print and online magazine, is now available, with a roundup of stories on recent research from the Institute.

May 11, 2015

Insurance versus savings: Risk management by gender

Farming households are vulnerable to many types of shocks, including weather-related events such as droughts and floods as well as health-related risks such as illness. A wide range of financial products exist to help farmers manage their exposure to risk, build resiliency, and improve welfare. However, not all risk is created equal in the context of gender.

May 8, 2015

G20 agriculture ministers meet in Istanbul to discuss sustainable food systems

The following story by IFPRI Communications Specialist Rachel Kohn was originally published on the Food Security Portal.

G20 Ministers of Agriculture met in Istanbul on 7-8 May 2015 for the first time since 2011 to address rising challenges concerning food security.

May 6, 2015

It is time

Why time matters in agriculture-nutrition pathways

*The following story by Sara Stevano, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Economics in SOAS, University of London and the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), was originally published on the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) website.

May 5, 2015

Tandem technologies and drought-risk management in Bangladesh

As climate change spurs increasingly unpredictable weather—such as droughts and floods—farmers find themselves on the defensive. Unpredictable weather wreaks havoc on both harvests and farmers, particularly smallholder farmers ill-equipped to absorb these weather-related shocks. Because of the inconsistent harvests due to such shocks, farmers are less likely to invest in productivity-enhancing technologies and often remain trapped in a cycle of poor harvests and persistent poverty.

May 4, 2015

How will climate change affect the world food system?

The following post by IFPRI senior researcher Tim Thomas is part of an ongoing series of blog stories celebrating IFPRI’s 40th anniversary. Each story authored by current and former IFPRI research staff highlights a key research topic through the years from the personal perspective of the researcher.