Feb 11, 2015

Integrating political economy analysis into food security research

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.

Feb 5, 2015

Recipes for success

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.

Jan 29, 2015

Canada: Championing food policy research

With support from Canada, IFPRI conducts innovative research in areas such as improving nutrition, providing access to agricultural data, and developing agricultural strategies at the national level.

Jan 28, 2015

Finding a middle ground

Incentivizing adoption of Integrated Soil Fertility Management

Adopting integrated soil fertility management (ISFM)—practices that combine organic inputs and judicious amounts of inorganic fertilizer and improved seeds—offers farmers a higher profit and is more sustainable than using inorganic fertilizer. Yet its adoption rates across Africa south of the Sahara (SSA) are among the lowest worldwide.

Jan 22, 2015

Promoting healthy insect ecosystems in Cambodia to ensure agricultural sustainability

In order to feed a rapidly-growing population sustainably amid growing pressure from a changing climate, agricultural producers in Southeast Asia will need to build resilience by embracing landscape approaches and adopting climate-smart practices. Their success depends not only on the potential impact of ecosystem services, but also on willingness of farmers to adopt these practices.

Jan 16, 2015

Partnership potential

Engaging the private sector to improve food security in Eastern India

The following story by IFPRI senior research assistant Vijay Nazareth was originally published on the IFPRI South Asia blog.

Jan 15, 2015

Building resilience to crises in the Arab world

The following blog story by IFPRI senior researcher Perrihan Al-Riffai and Nerina Muzurovic, Knowledge Management Officer at IFAD, was originally posted on the Arab Food Security Blog.

Jan 12, 2015

Healthy soils for healthy people

2015 marks the United Nations (UN) International Year of Soils. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN says that, “One-third of all soils in the world are degraded and unless new approaches are adopted, globally, arable and productive land per person in 2050 will be one one-fourth of the level in 1960.”