Connecting the Dots: Mapping Development in the Middle East and North Africa with Updated Arab Spatial

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Improving food security and enhancing economic development in developing countries requires a multifaceted approach—and that includes access to reliable data. In the swiftly changing Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, up-to-date information is particularly crucial for policymakers to make accurate assessments of poverty, food and nutrition security, and other development indicators.

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Merging models to compare food security impacts of climate change

Much is still uncertain about the potential effects of climate change on agriculture, leading to widespread uncertainty surrounding the future of global food security. Leaving hunger to chance is not a plan anyone embraces, but how can people prepare for what they cannot predict?

Political Stalemate over EU Biofuel Policy Continues

The following story was originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal.

The “food vs. fuel” debate came no closer to a resolution last week, as Energy ministers from the European Union’s 28 member states failed to agree on a compromise limiting the use of transport fuels made from food crops such as rapeseed and wheat, so-called first generation biofuels.

Partnering for Impact: IFPRI-European Research Collaboration for Improved Food and Nutrition Security

The workshop “Partnering for Impact: IFPRI-European Research Collaboration for Improved Food and Nutrition Security,” held on November 25 in Brussels, brought together 80 participants and close partners of IFPRI from European governments and development agencies, universities and research centers, nongovernmental development organizations, and the private sector.

The Truth about Women in Agriculture

Experts at Recent IFPRI Policy Seminar Debunk ‘Gender Myths’

Have you heard the statistic that while women account for 60 to 80 percent of global food production, they own only 2 percent of the world’s land?

Building Smarter Subsidies

Input Subsides in Africa South of the Sahara

Input subsidy programs—a mainstay of 1960s and 1970s international donor agendas—have regained favor in Africa south of the Sahara in recent years. Although 10 African countries spent more than $1 billion on these programs in 2011 alone, little information exists on the impacts the programs are having on households and communities.

Resilience and Food Security Take the Stage at European Development Days

This week, European development practitioners, partners, and stakeholders worldwide have gathered at the 8th annual European Development Days in Brussels with an eye toward improving development coordination and aid effectiveness in 2015 and beyond.

Healthy Growth Breeds Healthy Growth

Why Childhood Nutrition Programs Are Good for the Economy

If you learned that a $1 investment in your child’s nutritional intake during infancy would ultimately net an $18 return, would you make the investment? Yes, if you had the means, it’s likely you would. It’s a win-win: healthier child, healthier bank account.