Oct 2, 2013

Reactivating Yemen’s National Food Security Strategy

Although the level of food insecurity in Yemen is alarming, it is also declining. In 2011, Yemen was among the bottom 10 countries of the world in terms of food security, but by the end of 2012, food security levels had almost reached pre-crisis levels, according to research presented at a workshop on “Reactivating the Yemen National Food Security Strategy,” held last month in Sana’a, Yemen.

The Road to Good Nutrition

In recent years, many governments, civil society organizations, research groups, and intergovernmental agencies have sought ways to scale up effective actions for better nutrition. Research suggests that such efforts are successful if all the different groups work together in support of sound national policies, the implementation of effective interventions, and sector programs that are sensitive to the determinants of malnutrition.

Dream Deferred?

Land constraints and livelihoods in rural Ethiopia

It is a problem that extends far beyond the borders of a single country: Exponentially growing populations and a finite pool of resources needed to support them, including land, water, food and energy. In Ethiopia, expanding populations and shrinking land availability translate to smaller and smaller plots of farm land and waning incomes to match. Due to high fertility rates, each successive generation inherits less land than their parents once did.

Surging Onion Prices in Bangladesh

Report from IFPRI and Bangladesh Policy Research and Strategy Support Program highlights causes and effects of rising onion prices in region

The following is an excerpted version of a story originally published on the IFPRI South Asia website.

Sep 23, 2013

An Assessment of IFPRI’S Work in Ethiopia 1995–2010

Report provides key findings and important lessons learned from IFPRI’s long-term engagement with the country

To ensure the best use of resources and undertake research that is relevant and useful in a rapidly changing world, IFPRI commissions external assessment of its activities. A recent review focused on IFPRI activities in Ethiopia, one of the most populous and poor countries in Africa south of the Sahara, and thus a high priority for IFPRI’s research and capacity-building work.

The Doha Round and Food Security

The following is an excerpted version of a story originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal.

Sep 20, 2013

For Good Measure

IFPRI Launches Outcome Stories Website

IFPRI is pleased to announce the launch of its Outcome Stories website, highlighting the impact of IFPRI and partners’ work around the world. The website will showcase 30 initial stories of success, benchmarking progress achieved in areas such as building resiliency, facilitating markets, improving production, promoting nutrition, strengthening governance, and designing country strategies. Each week, IFPRI will share a new story from a growing collection of more than 80.

Sep 16, 2013

Based on what we know, can Kenya plan its climate future?

Farmers in Kenya can potentially thrive even as climate changes, but their chances of success would be greatly enhanced with supportive policies and forward planning

The following post was originally published on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security's News Blog

Sep 16, 2013

2020 Conference on Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security

Developing countries, and the vulnerable people who inhabit them, are confronting a barrage of increasingly frequent and intense economic, environmental, and political shocks. There is an urgent need to predict and prepare for these shocks, as well as devise coping strategies to ensure resilient food systems, institutions, and policies at global, national, and community levels. Such preparations and coping mechanisms are essential to achieving food and nutrition security for all.

Riding out the storm

Adapting agriculture to Bangladesh’s changing climate

Although climate change is poised to deeply impact both developed and developing countries, a shifting climate poses a particularly pernicious threat to developing countries that may lack the resources to contend with the challenges it will bring, with far-reaching implications for economic development.