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Risky business

In the drought-prone regions of East Africa and parts of South Asia, a lack of water can be the most damaging factor to a farmer’s bottom line. Agriculture is a particularly high-risk occupation in these regions, and climate shocks such as drought can…


Malawi’s subsidy splurge

Africa south of the Sahara has been plagued by low agricultural productivity while at the same time fertilizer usage has remained stubbornly low in the region. In an attempt to boost output, African governments have taken to subsidizing…


GHI 2014: Solutions to hidden hunger

The following piece by  Amy Saltzman  and  Ekin Birol  from  HarvestPlus  shares highlights from Chapter 3, "Addressing the Challenge of Hidden Hunger," from the  2014 Global Hunger Index. Micronutrient deficiencies, or hidden hunger, afflict more than two…


Finding a road to stability in the Arab region

The following story by  Mahmoud Solh, Director General of the  International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), was  originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog. The string of upheavals in the Arab region in the…


Smallholder agriculture: “It’s a cool business!"

The following post is a modified version of a story that originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) website. Today nearly 450 million farmers work on less than 2 hectares of land. Collectively, these…


A road trip without a map

The following story, by IFPRI Research Fellow Timothy Thomas, was originally published by the  Huffington Post. Before the age of the GPS, people relied on paper roadmaps when journeying to places they had never been before. It wasn’t always easy to…