Building Resiliency for a Food Secure Future
Today marks World Food Day, and despite significant gains in the fight against hunger in recent years, an estimated 842 million people—or 1 in 8 people worldwide—still suffer from chronic hunger. According to the 2013 Global Hunger Index (GHI), levels of hunger are still “alarming” or “extremely alarming” in 19 countries.
Latest Global Hunger Index Lists Winners and Losers in the Battle to End Chronic Hunger
About one in eight people worldwide suffered from chronic hunger during the past two years, according to the United Nations. Though daunting, that ratio is an improvement over previous years. In fact, the 2013 Global Hunger Index report released today shows that global hunger levels have declined by nearly 35 percent since 1990.
Forman Memorial Lecture Focuses on Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
“After decades of hiatus, the global community and, most importantly, high-burden countries are stepping up to the challenge of malnutrition.” So said Shawn K. Baker, director of nutrition for the Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program, at last week’s 23rd Annual Martin J. Forman Lecture, held at IFPRI.
Experts Share Lessons Learned for Transforming Agriculture in Africa
Africa is confronting a complex development challenge: population pressures are driving land scarcity, resulting in progressively smaller plots of land per farmer. On the land that’s still available, soil is rapidly degrading. How can Africa maintain, let alone ramp up, agricultural productivity to fuel the economic growth necessary to alleviate poverty? At a recent roundtable discussion, “Transforming Agriculture in Africa: The Insiders’ Perspective,” IFPRI convened a group of experts to share their perspectives.
Although the level of food insecurity in Yemen is alarming, it is also declining. In 2011, Yemen was among the bottom 10 countries of the world in terms of food security, but by the end of 2012, food security levels had almost reached pre-crisis levels, according to research presented at a workshop on “Reactivating the Yemen National Food Security Strategy,” held last month in Sana’a, Yemen.
In recent years, many governments, civil society organizations, research groups, and intergovernmental agencies have sought ways to scale up effective actions for better nutrition. Research suggests that such efforts are successful if all the different groups work together in support of sound national policies, the implementation of effective interventions, and sector programs that are sensitive to the determinants of malnutrition.
Land constraints and livelihoods in rural Ethiopia
It is a problem that extends far beyond the borders of a single country: Exponentially growing populations and a finite pool of resources needed to support them, including land, water, food and energy. In Ethiopia, expanding populations and shrinking land availability translate to smaller and smaller plots of farm land and waning incomes to match. Due to high fertility rates, each successive generation inherits less land than their parents once did.
Report from IFPRI and Bangladesh Policy Research and Strategy Support Program highlights causes and effects of rising onion prices in region
The following is an excerpted version of a story originally published on the IFPRI South Asia website.