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When wells fail: Farmers’ response to groundwater depletion in India

The following post by  Avinash Kishore, Associate Research Fellow at IFPRI , is an excerpted version of a  story that originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog as part of their…

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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…

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Collaboration helps Colombia adapt to climate change

When it comes to enacting climate change policy in agriculture, policymakers are often challenged by a range of information and input from different sectors: the research community, the private sector, and the public and policymaking community. What’s…

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Political Stalemate over EU Biofuel Policy Continues

The following story was originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal. The “food vs. fuel” debate  came no closer to a resolution last week, as Energy ministers from the European Union’s 28 member states failed to agree on a compromise limiting…


What’s really causing water scarcity in Africa south of the Sahara?

The theme of  World Water Week 2013  (September 1-6) is “Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships.” Today, we highlight key research that looks at investment strategies for overcoming physical and economic limitations to water security. In Africa south…


Growing biofuels: how to reap rewards

This blog story  featuring commentary by  IFPRI Senior Research Fellow  Siwa Msangi  and other experts was originally posted on  The Guardian’s Development Professionals Network. Meghan Sapp, secretary general,  Pangea, Brussels, Belgium.  @pangea_link Don’t…


Ladybeetles: Cotton’s secret ingredient

This post   is part of the   CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) month-long series of blog stories on Ecosystem Services. Diversity in land use can support ecosystem services such as biological pest control and reduce the need for…