Apr 29, 2015

Plotting to get the word out

Gender and land research

The following story by IFPRI senior researchers Ruth Meinzen-Dick and Agnes Quisumbing was originally published on the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) website. In this blog, they share their experience and ideas about best ways to publicize results of scientific research.

Apr 28, 2015

Hungry for answers

Experts outline challenges for ending global hunger during recent policy seminar

Ending global hunger and malnutrition is a monumental task. Yet it’s not an impossible one to realize, even in the next 10 to 20 years, provided that the international community builds on previous successes and follows through on forward-looking global commitments to achieve sustainable development.

Apr 27, 2015

Filling the legal void?

Musings from a Community Based Legal Aid Experiment in Tanzania

Tanzania recently passed new legislation that provides a glowing example of legal commitment to improving women’s land rights. However, in this setting as elsewhere, local interpretation and implementation can water down a policy’s effectiveness. Customary law—common accepted practices in a community—often dominates. For example, a 2009 study by the Women’s Legal Aid Center finds limited impact of land laws on women’s land ownership.

Apr 21, 2015

Nutrition takes center stage at recent Chicago Council Symposium event

Eat your vegetables. Wash your hands. Go to school. These simple instructions, which many of us hear repeatedly throughout childhood, are the basic building blocks of growing up healthy and prepared to reach one’s full potential. However, as Roger Thurow—a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs who spoke at the Council’s food security symposium last week—explained, for millions of children around the world, it is not that simple.

Apr 15, 2015

Unlocking the code to economic models

AGRODEP consortium offers free web-based training on GAMS to public

Economic models can be used to conduct research on a wide range of topics and help analyze policies pertaining to agricultural growth, poverty, climate change, and natural resource management, to name a few. Libraries of models are widely available at research institutions and via professional organizations but, without knowledge of the coding language used to operate modeling software, such libraries might as well be in a storeroom under lock and key.

Apr 14, 2015

Unraveling the enigma of South Asian malnutrition

The following post by IFPRI senior researcher Lawrence Haddad 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.

Apr 8, 2015

Poverty reduction for smallholder farmers, Brazilian-style: Can it work in Africa?

SPOTLIGHT: Pilot project in Malawi

The following post, written by Kate Ambler, Alan de Brauw, and Susan Godlonton from IFPRI’s Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, is the first in a series of researcher-authored blog stories highlighting ongoing applied microeconomics research at IFPRI.

Apr 7, 2015

Why gender matters for food safety

The following is an excerpted version of a blog story originally published on the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) website. The story relates closely to this year’s theme for World Health Day, which highlights the importance of food safety across the global food system.

Apr 3, 2015

Green gains?

Nutrition outcomes in post-Green Revolution Bangladesh

While gains in agricultural productivity and poverty reduction achieved during the Green Revolution have been widely recognized, little is known of how these shifts in practice and production impacted the nutritional status of individuals in these countries, particularly women and children.

The mix of policies to promote inputs such as irrigation and fertilizers, in conjunction with high-yield varieties of rice, wheat, and maize—known collectively as the Green Revolution—helped Asia to scale up food production dramatically over the last 40 years.