Privatizing Africa’s Urban Water Supply: Good or Bad for Child Health?

Every year, 1 in 10 child deaths—approximately 800,000—are the direct result of diarrhea. Of these deaths, 88 percent are preventable by guaranteeing access to safe drinking water and sanitation supplies.

The situation is particularly dire in Africa south of the Sahara. Almost two-fifths (39 percent) of people living in the region are without safe drinking water. The region is home to 15 percent of the world’s population but accounts for more than half of child deaths.

This is why identifying policies that can improve water management is critically important.

Tangled up in Blue

Demystifying Pakistan’s water sector through Net-Map

Appearances can be deceiving: There’s always a backstory, the behind-the-scenes truths of how we moved from point A to point B. How the intangible dynamics of power structures, information pathways, and spheres of influence ultimately shape policy outcomes is challenging to decipher—but understanding the various actors, belief systems, channels, and motives in play is essential to the development of effective policies and programs .

One way IFPRI researchers have been investigating the backstory of food policy is through social network analysis, applying tools such as Net-Map.

World Population Day

Why preventing adolescent pregnancy can have a big impact

Chiara Kovarik is a Senior Research Assistant in IFPRI's Poverty Health and Nutrition Division

Today, on World Population Day, IFPRI recognizes that the world’s growing population—which reached 7 billion in 2011—has a powerful impact on development. The stresses caused by a growing global population, along with rising incomes, rapid urbanization, and changing demographics, are affecting the global supply and demand for food and natural resources.

Jul 10, 2013

Low carbon agriculture

An IFPRI case study for the Climate Action Programme

According to IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan and Senior Research Analyst Tolulope Olofinbiyi, world agriculture has reached a crossroads.

Rising incomes; changing population, demographics, and consumer preferences; growing natural resource constraints; increasing energy prices; and a varying climate are redefining the global supply and demand of food. At the same time, almost 1 billion people remain undernourished globally.

Jul 9, 2013

Tackling Malnutrition in India

This blog story by IFPRI Senior Research Fellow Purnima Menon and Micronutrient Initiative President Venkatesh Mannar was originally posted on The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Impatient Optimists blog.

Jul 8, 2013

Twitter Chat on youth and agriculture connects IFPRI with new audiences

Earlier this month, I took part in a new experience: a twitter chat. Organized by USAID, the #AskAg Twitter Chat on Youth Employment in Agriculture, connected me and my fellow guest speakers from USAID, Making Cents International, and Winrock International with twitter participants from MPULE Institute, students, development program workers, and others from a range of locations, including Mexico, Belgium, Liberia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Uganda.

Jul 3, 2013

SDGs should target ending hunger sustainably by 2025

A “High Level Panel of Eminent Persons” appointed by the United Nations Secretary General to advise on the Post-2015 Development Agenda recently released its recommendations in a report

IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan comments on the report in a blog story on IFPRI’s DG Corner blog, emphasizing the role of smallholder agriculture and the importance of covering dietary quality and nutrition in the sustainable development goals.

Jun 27, 2013

Karen Brooks on generating knowledge to improve policies, institutions, and markets

Interview originally posted on CGIAR Consortium News

Leaders of CGIAR research programs, along with donors and external stakeholders, are meeting this month in Montpellier, France to review the CGIAR Research Program and to “listen, engage, learn and progress on how to achieve the outcomes of reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving nutrition and health and the sustainable management of natural resources.”

Jun 26, 2013

Public health experts take on UN’s Zero Hunger Challenge

This blog story was originally posted on the HarvestPlus blog.

Washington, D.C —A new initiative, the Community for Zero Hunger, was launched today. It will identify the greatest gaps that remain in reducing hunger and malnutrition, and leverage the private sector to help fill those gaps at scale.