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.
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.
Expert panel discussed expanding commercial opportunities for the poor at recent CGIAR Development Dialogues
The following post is a modified version of a story that originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) website.
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.