Hunger and undernutrition can be eliminated by 2025. Meeting this aspirational target is an immense but not insurmountable challenge, and it needs to receive adequate attention in the post-2015 development agenda.
The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Food for Thought blog.
A PIM Impact Story
This story by Evgeniya Anisimova, Steven Franzel, and Evelyne Kiptot was originally posted on the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) blog.
The vast majority of experts agrees that a vibrant manufacturing sector can be a source of sustained productivity and growth.
The following post by IFPRI Senior Researcher Margaret McMillan was originally published on the Financial Times This is Africa website.
Imagine agriculture in India as a high-tech, highly mechanized venture. Picture a rice farmer taking soil samples with a handheld meter to gauge nutrient and moisture needs, calibrating planting along plot contours with GPS-guided tools, placing rice in precise rows using a mechanical transplanter, and doing this with the backing of reliable, customized financing. Now picture this farmer as a woman—because most of the men in her village have migrated to the cities in search of better opportunities.
Highlights from the opening session of the 2020 Conference
“If the past is any guide, we will face a barrage of shocks, both natural and man‐made, in the coming years. In just the past five years, we have seen a major earthquake in Haiti; drought in the Horn of Africa; earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis in Japan; and conflicts that have left millions of people homeless, maimed, or dead. And let us not forget the food price spikes of 2008 that have made the global food system more volatile since then… The IPCC recently published a new report confirming that humans are causing climate change and warning of further shocks to come.”
Reforestation and biofuels put food production at risk, sustainability should not be pursued at the expense of improving global nutrition
This blog story by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally posted on The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network.
Africa south of the Sahara must invest in research and development (R&D) without delay if it wants to reduce poverty and food insecurity and meet the challenges of rapid population growth, climate change, and food price volatility.
Cell phones can be a game-changer for rural farmers. What will it take to connect them?
A farmers’ success depends on more than good weather, healthy soil, and proper seeds. Good farming also involves a series of decisions: how much to plant each season, whether to invest in new crops, which markets to sell to. The right decisions can mean the difference between a profitable harvest and a net loss in farm income. Farmers make these decisions based on their knowledge of prevailing market prices, and supply and demand trends based on produce quality.