Mar 6, 2014

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2014

Highlights from IFPRI’s gender research and women’s role in the larger development puzzle

This Saturday marks International Women’s Day. The theme this year is “equality for women is progress for all,” and IFPRI’s gender work is essential to its larger mission of achieving food and nutrition security for all and reducing poverty levels throughout the world.

Feb 27, 2014

What’s in a name?

Land titling, gender, and food security in West Bengal, India

In West Bengal, nearly 40 percent of children under the age of five are underweight, despite the country’s strong economic gains in recent years. This paradox indicates that food insecurity continues to pose major challenges for India’s state and national governments.

Feb 14, 2014

Fishing for answers

Report examines the future of global fish to 2030

Amid a future of growing populations, economies, and changing diets, questions arise as to how current practices can meet future food demands. Aquaculture, also known as fish farming, may be key: It is expected that as much as two-thirds of all fish consumed will come from aquaculture by 2030.

Feb 10, 2014

New U.S. Farm Bill reaffirms support to producers

The following post by IFPRI Senior Research Fellow David Orden is an excerpt of a story originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal.

After more than three years of often tumultuous negotiations, the U.S. Congress has passed a new five-year Farm Bill: the Agricultural Act of 2014. The bill, which President Obama signed into law on February 7, reaffirms the government’s longstanding support to farmers through 2018.

Feb 6, 2014

Zeroing in on ending hunger

Expert panel debates achievement of the United Nations’s Zero Hunger Challenge

With less than two years to go until the expiration of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan noted that “almost 850 million people still suffer from hunger, and two billion are suffering from micronutrient deficiencies, or so-called hidden hunger.” Although strides have been made toward eliminating hunger and malnutrition around the world, not enough has been done and there remains a need to mobilize action to ensure food security for everyone.

Feb 5, 2014

International Year of Family Farming

The United Nations declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming to highlight the important global role family and smallholder farmers have in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, achieving sustainable development, and building resilience, especially in rural areas.

A key aspect of IFPRI’s research on the challenges faced by family and smallholder farmers, who make up the majority of the world’s poor, is the development of effective strategies for building resilience:

Jan 24, 2014

Shenggen Fan receives Hunger Hero Award in Davos

The World Food Programme presented IFPRI Director General Dr. Shenggen Fan with a Hunger Hero Award yesterday at the 2014 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in recognition of his commitment to and leadership in fighting hunger worldwide. Fellow award recipients included Sam Dryden, Senior Fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Marc Van Ameringen, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.

Jan 23, 2014

Leveling with friends

Social networks and technology transfer in India

Technology can serve as a catalyst in agriculture, shifting farmers from subsistence to profit, and spurring dramatic quality of life improvements for the rural poor in many developing countries. New technologies can also help farmers contend with the mounting challenges to food security brought about by a changing climate. The million dollar question is how to best get these new technologies to the very farmers who need them.

Jan 16, 2014

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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