UN commemorates World Environment Day 2014

Climate change threatens to profoundly impact all facets of life—not least of which include agriculture and food security. For many poor people in developing nations, the impacts of climate change can spell the difference between having enough food to meet one’s basic nutritional needs or suffering from the myriad effects of hunger and malnutrition.

Ending world hunger and undernutrition by 2025

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published on Humanitas Global Development’s Hunger and Undernutrition blog.

Hunger and undernutrition can be eliminated by 2025. Meeting this aspirational target is an immense but not insurmountable challenge, and it needs to receive adequate attention in the post-2015 development agenda.

May 22, 2014

The Myth of de-industrialisation in sub-Saharan Africa

The vast majority of experts agrees that a vibrant manufacturing sector can be a source of sustained productivity and growth.

Roundtable brings high-tech farming ideas to India’s risk-prone ecologies

Imagine agriculture in India as a high-tech, highly mechanized venture. Picture a rice farmer taking soil samples with a handheld meter to gauge nutrient and moisture needs, calibrating planting along plot contours with GPS-guided tools, placing rice in precise rows using a mechanical transplanter, and doing this with the backing of reliable, customized financing. Now picture this farmer as a woman—because most of the men in her village have migrated to the cities in search of better opportunities.

May 16, 2014

Building resilience from within

Highlights from the opening session of the 2020 Conference

“If the past is any guide, we will face a barrage of shocks, both natural and man‐made, in the coming years. In just the past five years, we have seen a major earthquake in Haiti; drought in the Horn of Africa; earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis in Japan; and conflicts that have left millions of people homeless, maimed, or dead. And let us not forget the food price spikes of 2008 that have made the global food system more volatile since then… The IPCC recently published a new report confirming that humans are causing climate change and warning of further shocks to come.”

May 9, 2014

People first: green goals should not override ending hunger

Reforestation and biofuels put food production at risk, sustainability should not be pursued at the expense of improving global nutrition

Feeding Africa’s future generations through investing in agricultural research and development

Africa south of the Sahara must invest in research and development (R&D) without delay if it wants to reduce poverty and food insecurity and meet the challenges of rapid population growth, climate change, and food price volatility.