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.
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.
Hunger and undernutrition are said to be causes of poverty, and these concepts are often discussed together. However, the relationship between hunger, undernutrition, and poverty is often not fully understood.
Did you know that IFPRI has worked in Ethiopia for over 30 years? The partnership dates back to the 1980s, where IFPRI’s research originally focused on “famine and food insecurity.”
It’s not every day you see your words and research findings on a flyer sent to members of Congress. That’s exactly what happened to IFPRI researcher John Hoddinott a few weeks ago. The flyer, prepared by the anti-hunger organization Bread for the World, was distributed in advance of a briefing on Capitol Hill to highlight a new US Agency for International Development nutrition strategy that focuses on the first critical 1,000 days of a child’s life, from the mother’s pregnancy to the child’s second birthday.
Aspirations and forward-looking behavior in rural Ethiopia
The following story was originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal.
Empowered women raise healthier children
This blog story by IFPRI senior researcher Lawrence Haddad was originally posted on The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network.
IFPRI-hosted panel suggests concrete actions for food security in era of global climate change
In less than two weeks, heads of state from around the world will gather in New York for the UN Climate Change Summit. As a mounting body of evidence—including clear examples from Bangladesh and Fiji—makes clear, climate change is putting global food security at risk. How can these leaders make real progress in helping build a more resilient global food system in an era of climate change and weather shocks?
A panel of experts on development and climate change policy gathered at IFPRI last week to discuss what’s working now, what might work in the future, and what steps the world’s leaders should take.
Breaking the cycle of contamination
Fungus-contaminated maize and groundnuts have been identified as the culprit for more than 40 percent of the disease burden in developing countries. Serious health concerns such as hepatitis and liver cancer have been linked to chronic exposure to aflatoxins, which are carcinogens produced by the fungus Aspergillus flavus. Beyond the associated health risks, the contaminated crops also carry a high price tag, as they cannot be sold for export, costing African countries approximately US$ 670 million each year in lost sales to the European Union alone.