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People first: green goals should not override ending hunger

This blog story  by IFPRI Director General  Shenggen Fan  was originally posted on  The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network. With the deadline for achieving the  millennium development goals  less than two years away, international attention…


Privatizing Africa’s Urban Water Supply: Good or Bad for Child Health?

Every year, 1 in 10 child deaths—approximately 800,000—are the direct result of diarrhea. Of these deaths, 88 percent are preventable by guaranteeing access to safe drinking water and sanitation supplies. The situation is particularly dire in Africa…


Boosting both food security and forest resources requires new thinking

Peter Holmgren is Director General,  Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) The goal of producing enough food for a growing population has long been at the top of the global political agenda. But in pursuit of this aim, agriculture has…


The World in 2050

IFPRI’s  Mark Rosegrant  and  Siwa Msangi  spoke at the conference, offering ideas on how to improve food security in the face of climate change, water stress, and other challenges. Rosegrant shared that more than one-third of the world’s population and…


Scarce Resources Lead to Persistent Hunger

Hunger is in the headlines. A drought that swept the African Sahel left 18 million people on the brink of starvation. A food price crisis prevented families across the globe from buying enough to eat. Civil unrest and natural disasters around the…