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World AIDS Day: December 1, 2010

For nearly a decade, IFPRI and its partners in the  Regional Network on AIDS, Livelihoods and Food Security (RENEWAL)  have been studying the critical links between HIV/AIDS, agriculture, hunger, and malnutrition. Active in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa,…


Youth Writing Contest Announced

IFPRI’s 2020 Vision Initiative has announced a Youth Writing Contest in conjunction with its upcoming conference, “ Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health ”, to be held February 10-12, 2011 in New Delhi. Young people between the ages…


Orange Sweet Potato, Again?

Orange sweet potato—yes, the type that shows up on Thanksgiving tables here in the U.S.—may well be the first sign of a new nutrition revolution in Africa. We spend a lot of time talking about this versatile root (not tuber). It’s chock-full of…


Facts and Findings from GHI 2010: Sub-Saharan Africa

The 2010 GHI score fell by 14 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa compared with the 1990 score, according to the latest  Global Hunger Index (GHI) report. Yet the region ranks second overall with an index of 21.7 (South Asia ranks first at 22.9, with higher…


Improving Health through Agriculture

Until recently, Dickson Mbogo was a casual laborer at a school near Bombo, Uganda, where he lives with his wife and ten children. In parts of Uganda, nearly a third of young children suffer from a deficiency of vitamin A, which protects against…