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.

Oct 2, 2014

Digging deeper—hunger, undernutrition, and poverty linkages

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published on his DG Corner blog.

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.

Oct 1, 2014

New resource launched to showcase IFPRI’s commitment to Ethiopia

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.”

Sep 26, 2014

My Day on the Hill: IFPRI’s John Hoddinott on the surprises and dynamics of a Capitol Hill briefing

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.

Sep 26, 2014

The future in mind

Aspirations and forward-looking behavior in rural Ethiopia

Sep 24, 2014

Gender equality

Empowered women raise healthier children