May 22, 2014
May 21, 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.

May 20, 2014

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

May 7, 2014

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.

Apr 23, 2014

Harvesting better access to information

Cell phones can be a game-changer for rural farmers. What will it take to connect them?

A farmers’ success depends on more than good weather, healthy soil, and proper seeds. Good farming also involves a series of decisions: how much to plant each season, whether to invest in new crops, which markets to sell to. The right decisions can mean the difference between a profitable harvest and a net loss in farm income. Farmers make these decisions based on their knowledge of prevailing market prices, and supply and demand trends based on produce quality.

Apr 8, 2014

Technology to the rescue?

The role of agricultural technologies amid growing natural resource scarcity

This blog story by IFPRI researchers Nicola Cenacchi and Claudia Ringler highlights key messages from Chapter 4 of the 2013 Global Food Policy Report

Apr 4, 2014

Changing climate— Policy innovations important for a resilient global agriculture and food system

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published on his DG Corner blog on April 3, 2014.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest Report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, is a reminder that swift and concrete actions are needed to avert the negative impacts of a changing climate.

Apr 1, 2014

A timely call to action

The following post by Asma Lateef, Director of Bread for the World Institute, is a modified version of a story that originally was published on the Bread for the World Institute’s blog.