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Water Management Solutions for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

The drought that parched the US corn belt this summer highlighted the devastating impact of scant rain on food production. For smallholder farmers in semi-arid areas of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where rain is rare or unpredictable—especially…

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Delayed Monsoon Lowers Acreage in India

Farmers in India largely depend on monsoon rains to sow their crops—as much as 60 percent of the cropped area in India depends on these rains, which usually occur between June and September. However, rainfall this year has been 22 percent below normal…

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Challenging the Environmental Migration Myth

Some experts believed that by 2010, up to 50 million “environmental refugees” would flee their lands due to the dramatically negative effects of climate change. Such claims, however, are not based on the actual responses of households and communities…

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IFPRI Event at Rio+20 to Evaluate Farming Technologies

By 2050, the world’s population will reach nine billion. At the same time, climate change could decrease crop yields by 20 to 30 percent. The urgent need for farmers to sustainably feed more people in a changing climate is one reason why United…

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Meeting the Green Economy Challenge in Africa

Ensuring access to safe, sufficient, nutritious, and sustainably grown food under a changing climate is a challenge for decisionmakers in Africa. Though adapting to climate change is only one of the issues that will be addressed by Rio+20 negotiators…

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Biofuels and a Green Economy

The role of bioenergy in a green economy, a subject of heated debate and concern among members of the international community, will be a topic of discussion at the  Rio+20 negotiations. As IFPRI’s  Global Food Policy Report  reveals, biofuels were once…

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Greening Agriculture in South Asia

South Asia  is a paradox. The region enjoys high economic growth but suffers from extreme poverty, undernourishment, and the deterioration of its natural resources. It houses more than 42 percent of the world’s poor earning less than US$ 1.25 per day.…

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Climate Change and Farmers

Farmers around the world are grappling with the impacts of climate change and their struggle is only going to get worse as extreme weather events, shifting weather patterns, and increased temperatures make it more difficult to grow enough food to feed…

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