Jul 31, 2014

What do toilets have to do with nutrition? More than you might think

Increasing the number of toilets and changing behaviour can cut stunting

This blog story by IFPRI senior researcher Lawrence Haddad was originally posted on The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network.

Approximately 160 million children under the age of 5 are stunted. This means they are failing to grow well and lack of height can be a marker of a whole range of developmental setbacks including cognitive impairment.

Jul 31, 2014

Micronutrients and improving nutrition through food systems

In a recent interview with the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, IFPRI’s Marie Ruel offers highlights from her presentation at last month’s Micronutrient Forum Global Conference in Addis, Ethiopia and speaks candidly with interviewer Pascal Corbé about the current state of research and knowledge around food-based approaches to improving nutrition in the developing wo

Jul 30, 2014

Australia: Championing food policy research

With support from Australia, IFPRI conducts innovative research in areas such as agricultural markets, climate change, and tools and scenarios to improve food security.

Jul 30, 2014

Canada commits $20 million for childhood undernutrition prevention project

Research has shown that children who receive adequate nutrition, particularly during their mother’s pregnancy until they are two years old—referred to by experts as the “1,000 days window of opportunity”—are less likely to die or be made ill by diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia, measles, and HIV. Yet almost half of all children in the developing world who do not reach their fifth birthday die because they don’t have enough nutritious food and essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A and zinc, to fight off disease.

Jul 29, 2014

New research partnership answers White House call for climate data to support food security

In response to a call to action from the White House, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Research Foundation’s Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security (CIMSANS) has announced a new partnership to analyze how food systems can help achieve sustainable nutrition security.

Jul 25, 2014

Monsoon Fears Driving Food Inflation in India

The following story was originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal.

Jul 23, 2014

Can the US Farm Bill and EU Common Agricultural Policy address 21st century global food security?

With the recent passage of both the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the European Union and the Farm Bill in the United States, the EU and US are headed down “divergent paths” in the way their agricultural policies support their own farmers. Nevertheless, both policies feature large public expenditures towards farm subsidies. What type of impact will these policies have on international food security and production and public costs in the US and EU and how will they address the major global food security challenges of the 21st century?

Jul 17, 2014

Is volatility contagious?

Price volatility transmission in agricultural commodity markets

Food price volatility can present problems for an array of stakeholders, including countries managing their export portfolios, commodity traders, and especially farmers, as unpredictable prices may result in variable income and food insecurity.

Jul 14, 2014

Standards of care

Improving trust in healthcare services in India

The following story was originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal.

Quality healthcare plays a crucial role in improving the lives of the poor. In many developing countries, however, high-quality healthcare can be hard to come by.

Jul 10, 2014

Generation gap

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.