Jun 30, 2014

Mapping ways to help African agriculture

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.

Jun 27, 2014

Women hold the key to better nutrition through biofortification

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.

Jun 19, 2014

A world without hunger

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.

Jun 18, 2014

Beyond 1000 Days

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.

Jun 17, 2014

‘Let’s climate proof it’

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.

Jun 5, 2014

UN commemorates World Environment Day 2014

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.

Jun 2, 2014

Ending world hunger and undernutrition by 2025

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published on Humanitas Global Development’s Hunger and Undernutrition blog.

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.

May 22, 2014