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Atlas of African Agriculture Research & Development

Mapping ways to help African agriculture

Although Africa possesses nearly half of the world’s uncultivated arable land area, the prospect of expanding agricultural production into these zones carries significant environmental risks and is not viewed by many experts as a viable solution to…

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…


Is hydropower for or against irrigation?

The answer is—as usual—that it depends! This post  is part of the  CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)  website’s coverage of the  recent conference on “Water in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance. Indicators,…


Playing games to save water

World Water Day 2013 begins the International Year of Water Cooperation. Today, we highlight an innovative research project that helps strengthen cooperation to protect and conserve this precious natural resource.    Recently, villagers in India and…


Irrigating Africa

The missing piece of Africa’s agriculture puzzle A new IFPRI research paper,  What is the Irrigation Potential for Africa? A combined biophysical and socioeconomic approach, provides an overview—and offers solutions to—Africa’s…