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Walking the wire on biotechnology at FAO

This week, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) hosted an International Symposium on The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition at its headquarters in Rome. It has all the trappings…


The Goldilocks dilemma of irrigation

Water management challenges are closely linked to many of the SDGs, especially those relating to poverty reduction, food security, and environmental sustainability. 


How will crop yields change with an uncertain climate future?

IFPRI researchers recently received some attention for research on how climate change will affect croplands in the future. Using HADGEM2, a climate prediction model, Research Fellow Richard Robertson was able to predict what kinds of yields we might…


The case for investing in the restoration of degraded lands

An estimated 30 percent of all global lands are classified as degraded, serving as home to an estimated 3.2 billion people. Yet the scope of the problem extends further still, as the impacts of land degradation are felt in every region in the world.…


Why paying attention to gender matters for climate change adaptation

By Elizabeth Bryan, Patti Kristjanson, and Claudia Ringler Until recently, there has been little evidence supporting the need to focus on the gendered dimensions of agriculture and climate change. Why? Because few researchers have been talking to…