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.
Spotlight on research on Ebola and other human health epidemics
IFPRI has been committed to the core principles of the Open Access movement since the time of the institute’s creation in 1975. All materials published by IFPRI are considered international public goods and, to date, over 5600 publications have been made freely available to all. The 1995 launch of the institute’s website led to many of its products being available electronically and, as technology developed, IFPRI’s institutional repositories allowed for the open sharing and harvesting of publication metadata from other organizations and online repositories. IFPRI researchers, along with the Communications and Knowledge Management Division, are committed to making all IFPRI authored publications, including those published in peer-reviewed journals, OA. The institute’s knowledge repository currently contains over 300 Open Access journal articles and book chapters.
Ignoring hunger and malnutrition will have significant costs to any country’s development. Nutrition improvement has both intrinsic and instrumental value.
The following story by S. Mahendra Dev, Director of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research and IFPRI Board member, was originally published on the online version of The Hindu.
Micronutrient deficiencies, or hidden hunger, afflict more than two billion individuals, or one in three people, globally. The effects can be devastating, leading to mental impairment, poor health and productivity, and even death. The decline in immunity to infections, cognitive impairment, and decreased work capacity that can result from hidden hunger has important socioeconomic implications, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
The following is an excerpted version of a blog story that was originally published on the Food Security Portal’s Food for Thought blog (updated on October 24, 2014).
Participants at recent Borlaug Symposium ask “Are we on track?”
The image of a female smallholder farmer eking out a living on a postage stamp-sized parcel of degraded land with a baby on her back and barely enough to feed her family may belong in the history books, but more work is needed to get to that point.
The following story by Nadim Khouri, Deputy Executive Secretary at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA), was originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog.