Oct 16, 2014

The fight against hunger cannot be won alone

The following story by Gerda Verburg, Committee on Food Security (CFS) Chair and Ambassador of the Netherlands to the UN’s Rome-based Agencies, was originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog.

Oct 16, 2014
Oct 15, 2014

UN International Day of Rural Women

Why rural women are integral in the upcoming climate change negotiations

We know more and more about what our planet faces as climate change intensifies and greenhouse gas emissions lead us on a probably irreversible path of global warming and uncertain rainfall patterns, at least for the next four decades.

Oct 14, 2014

Resources supporting a world free from hidden hunger

The following post by Sight and Life Director Klaus Kraemer was originally published on the Global Nutrition Report website.

As we approach World Food Day, we must not overlook a hunger that does not always respond to just the provision of food — hidden hunger.

Oct 13, 2014

GHI 2014: Hunger in the shadows of the Millennium Development Goals

Hunger remains a persistent global challenge as the 2015 deadline for the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws near. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), despite significant inroads made in the fight against hunger and malnutrition since 1990, 805 million people are still going hungry.

Earlier today, IFPRI and partners Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe launched the 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI). Detailing hunger at national, regional, and global levels, the GHI provides a comprehensive view of global hunger on an annual basis. Now in its ninth year, the report presents scores calculated for 120 countries, based on three equally-weighted indicators: undernourishment, child underweight, and child mortality. These scores are measured along a 100-point scale; a score of zero represents no hunger and 100 signifies that the entire population was undernourished.

Oct 10, 2014

Smallholder agriculture: “It’s a cool business!"

Expert panel discussed expanding commercial opportunities for the poor at recent CGIAR Development Dialogues

Oct 9, 2014

Moving family farms from subsistence to prosperity

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published on the World Food Day Network as part of their “Perspectives” series of essays on this year’s theme of family farming. This series is curated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Liaison Office for North America.

Oct 3, 2014

Getting to green

Research leaders discuss policy and farming innovations for the next green revolution

Can you eat policy?

Obviously not, but without innovations in policy—together with technological innovations in food production, information, and communication that weren’t even dreamed of just a generation ago—there will not be enough nutritious food to feed the world’s growing population.

Last week in Washington, the director generals of the International Rice Research Center (IRRI) and IFPRI, and the chief scientist of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Food Security shared their perspectives on how a second green revolution –aimed at not only raising agricultural yields but also improving nutrition and protecting natural resources– is critically needed.