The theme of World Water Week 2013 (September 1-6) is “Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships.” Today, we highlight key research that looks at investment strategies for overcoming physical and economic limitations to water security.
Highlights from recent Guardian live chat panel on how to deliver the best environmental, social and economic impacts
IFPRI Senior Research Analyst Perrihan Al-Riffai discusses the progress and promise of Arab Spatial, an open-access database and interactive mapping tool she helped design that houses and geographically displays data on more than 150 indicators of development in the Middle East and North Africa.
Q: What makes Arab Spatial unique?
Highlights from recent brief on mitigating risk from natural disasters across countries
When a natural disaster strikes, it takes its toll in lives, homes, and entire cities. What’s more, the costs of reconstruction are not strictly financial—it can also drain other resources geared toward long-term development outcomes such as capacity building, and food and nutrition security. Despite the outpouring of financial aid that often follows major catastrophes, the slow and unreliable funneling of those funds does little to help those directly affected and, in fact, hurts long-term development by redirecting resources from effective programs.
IFPRI’s Stuart Gillespie responds to recent article questioning scope of malnutrition in India
This story was originally published on the Research for Ethiopia’s Agriculture Policy (REAP) website.
Tef, the world’s smallest grain, plays no small role in Ethiopia’s agricultural sector— 65 percent of Ethiopia’s 85 million people get their “daily bread and livelihood” from it. In Ethiopia, farmers dedicate more land to this crop than other grains, such as maize and wheat, yet, tef yields lag behind.