IFPRI research on water for sustainable development
Why sanitation matters for nutrition
*The following post by IFPRI senior research fellow Lawrence Haddad shares highlights from Chapter 3 of the 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report, which Haddad co-authored with Dean Spears, Director of R.I.C.E. and visiting economist at the Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics, India.
Highlights from the 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report
Countries such as India, Brazil, and China have made impressive economic strides in recent years and are the foundation of what are termed middle income countries (MICs).
They also have a persistent hunger problem.
Reflections about the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
*The following blog story was originally published on the Farming First website.
Picturing it over 20 years of IFPRI gender research
On March 8, IFPRI joins individuals and organizations around the world in celebrating International Women’s Day. The theme this year, “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” urges us to both celebrate connections between women and community empowerment and to envision new ways to advance the rights of women.
Borrowing innovative ideas from research and other sectors, adjusting them, and scaling them up to meet the demand from developing country partners is essential if we are to make real progress toward creating a carbon-neutral world. Finding ways in which clean energy technology can be used to increase agricultural production without placing undue burdens on natural resources will be a necessary step toward helping we reach our emission targets moving forward.
Why are seemingly optimal investments and policies for reducing hunger and poverty so difficult to achieve in practice? Although scarce empirical research or insufficient technical capacity may be partially responsible, a lack of political incentives by those with the power to make decisions is often a key reason why it is so difficult to bridge the gap from research to policy reform.
How to influence behaviors for good through social marketing
Many challenges to economic growth—from poor nutrition to low farm yields—require not only tools and interventions, but individual behavior change. Unfortunately, there is often a disconnect between what is needed to change behaviors and where we are investing public resources to address a given problem. By promoting single, simple, doable behaviors, social marketers can help bring about tangible results over time, and replace unproductive behaviors with positive ones.