Early childhood exposure to famine and its impacts on future generations
Though the effects of famine can extend beyond a single generation, researchers have found that by and large, humans are surprisingly resilient in the face of such extreme nutrition shocks.
The following is a slightly modified version of a story that was originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal.
The last ten years have witnessed incredible economic and agricultural growth in Africa. Between 2000 and 2010, the continent was home to six of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world.
However, can this growth continue in a sustainable, inclusive way?
A tool to help the country reach its food security goals
Yemen ranks among the ten most food-insecure countries globally and has child malnutrition rates of nearly sixty percent, the highest in the Arab World. These two figures underscore the country’s future social and economic development challenges.
New atlas offers geospatial data resources and insights into obstacles and opportunities
Although Africa possesses nearly half of the world’s uncultivated arable land area, the prospect of expanding agricultural production into these zones carries significant environmental risks and is not viewed by many experts as a viable solution to the region’s myriad food security challenges.
Vitamin A deficiency is a widespread public health concern, particularly for children in the developing world. A lack of vitamin A in the diet can lead to stunted physical and mental development, heighten susceptibility to disease, and even result in blindness and death. In recent years, researchers have turned to biofortification—breeding higher levels of essential nutrients into staple crops—as a means of combatting micronutrient malnutrition. However, the success of this intervention depends upon the willingness of households to adopt the new, higher-nutrient varieties.
IFPRI and German partners discuss steps during Berlin launch of Global Food Policy Report
At the recent Berlin launch of IFPRI’s Global Food Policy Report, IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan said eradicating hunger by 2025 is an important ethical and economic goal—and one that can be achieved.
New study shows that growth faltering in children continues after two years of age
The following story was originally published on the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) blog.
The UN celebrates World Day to Combat Desertification
As the impacts of our changing climate materialize and intensify, developing countries—and poor people who inhabit them—will be impacted first and to the greatest degree. Land degradation, desertification, and a dwindling global water supply pose substantial threats to livelihoods as well as food and national security.
The following post by Avinash Kishore, Associate Research Fellow at IFPRI , is an excerpted version of a story that originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog as part of their month-long series on Resilience.
Climate change threatens to profoundly impact all facets of life—not least of which include agriculture and food security. For many poor people in developing nations, the impacts of climate change can spell the difference between having enough food to meet one’s basic nutritional needs or suffering from the myriad effects of hunger and malnutrition.