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Farmer with his mobile phone in Bihar, India.

Harvesting better access to information

A farmers’ success depends on more than good weather, healthy soil, and proper seeds. Good farming also involves a series of decisions: how much to plant each season, whether to invest in new crops, which markets to sell to. The right decisions can…

Drip irrigation in Obregon, Mexico

Technology to the rescue?

This blog story by IFPRI researchers  Nicola Cenacchi  and  Claudia Ringler  highlights key messages from  Chapter 4 of the 2013 Global Food Policy Report One major outcome of the 2012 Rio+20 United Nations conference was the agreement to develop a set of…

Screenshot of Iraq Spatial website (March 23, 2014).

Pioneering online tool targets improved decision making in Iraq

The following story was  originally published on the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) website. ICARDA is a member of the  Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers, supported by…

 Flickr (USDA)

New U.S. Farm Bill reaffirms support to producers

The following post by IFPRI Senior Research Fellow  David Orden  is an excerpt of a  story originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal. After more than three years of often tumultuous negotiations, the U.S. Congress has passed a new five-year…

Kenyan women farmers in the field.

International Year of Family Farming

The United Nations declared 2014 the  International Year of Family Farming  to highlight the important global role family and smallholder farmers have in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods,…

Leveled field being irrigated in eastern Uttar Pradesh, India.

Leveling with friends

Technology can serve as a catalyst in agriculture, shifting farmers from subsistence to profit, and spurring dramatic quality of life improvements for the rural poor in many developing countries. New technologies can also help farmers contend with the…

Bags of fertilizer

From subsidies to Direct Cash Transfers for fertilizer purchase in India

The following story was originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal. Fertilizer use in India has exploded since the government began a subsidization program in the 1970s. National fertilizer consumption rates increased by 50% during the…

Climate Change Map

Merging models to compare food security impacts of climate change

Much is still uncertain about the potential effects of climate change on agriculture, leading to widespread uncertainty surrounding the future of global food security. Leaving hunger to chance is not a plan anyone embraces, but how can people prepare…


The Truth about Women in Agriculture

Have you heard the statistic that while women account for 60 to 80 percent of global food production, they own only 2 percent of the world’s land? If you work in international development, you most likely have come across such “gender myths.” At a…