Political Stalemate over EU Biofuel Policy Continues

The following story was originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal.

The “food vs. fuel” debate came no closer to a resolution last week, as Energy ministers from the European Union’s 28 member states failed to agree on a compromise limiting the use of transport fuels made from food crops such as rapeseed and wheat, so-called first generation biofuels.

Partnering for Impact: IFPRI-European Research Collaboration for Improved Food and Nutrition Security

The workshop “Partnering for Impact: IFPRI-European Research Collaboration for Improved Food and Nutrition Security,” held on November 25 in Brussels, brought together 80 participants and close partners of IFPRI from European governments and development agencies, universities and research centers, nongovernmental development organizations, and the private sector.

The Truth about Women in Agriculture

Experts at Recent IFPRI Policy Seminar Debunk ‘Gender Myths’

Have you heard the statistic that while women account for 60 to 80 percent of global food production, they own only 2 percent of the world’s land?

Building Smarter Subsidies

Input Subsides in Africa South of the Sahara

Input subsidy programs—a mainstay of 1960s and 1970s international donor agendas—have regained favor in Africa south of the Sahara in recent years. Although 10 African countries spent more than $1 billion on these programs in 2011 alone, little information exists on the impacts the programs are having on households and communities.

Resilience and Food Security Take the Stage at European Development Days

This week, European development practitioners, partners, and stakeholders worldwide have gathered at the 8th annual European Development Days in Brussels with an eye toward improving development coordination and aid effectiveness in 2015 and beyond.

Healthy Growth Breeds Healthy Growth

Why Childhood Nutrition Programs Are Good for the Economy

If you learned that a $1 investment in your child’s nutritional intake during infancy would ultimately net an $18 return, would you make the investment? Yes, if you had the means, it’s likely you would. It’s a win-win: healthier child, healthier bank account.

IFPRI Insights Magazine

Latest Issue Highlights Food Policy Research from Around the Globe

The latest issue of IFPRI Insights sheds light on how IFPRI researchers are tackling the big questions related to food policy, from farm to table to the global marketplace. Composed of articles, interviews, and infographics, the November 2013 issue touches on nutrition, migration, US farm policy, economic data, water policy, and weather insurance, among other things.

Nov 20, 2013
by IFPRI

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The following is an excerpt of a story originally published on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) website.

The good and the bad will not balance each other out. We need to prepare for the ugly.

It’s not often you hear the words good and climate change in one sentence. But some areas of Africa will actually become better for agriculture if climate change trends continue as expected. Of course, the key word in that sentence is some. Others will become worse.

In the Market for Better Health

Properly functioning markets play a key role in improving the economic well-being of poor populations. But a recent IFPRI event highlighted how markets can do even more, reaching beyond economics to have an important impact on health outcomes.