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Rice farmer in Rwanda

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…

Screenshot of Arab Spatial website (July 1, 2014).

Introducing Yemen Spatial

Yemen ranks among the ten most food-insecure countries globally and has child malnutrition rates of nearly sixty percent, the highest in the Arab World. These two figures underscore the country’s future social and economic development challenges. …

Panelists at the Berlin launch of the Global Food Policy Report (June 11, 2014).
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A world without hunger

At the recent  Berlin launch of IFPRI’s Global Food Policy Report, IFPRI Director General  Shenggen Fan  said eradicating hunger by 2025 is an important ethical and economic goal—and one that can be achieved. Five expert panelists and more than 100…

A young boy rakes away ground cover in farmland affected by wind erosion in Senegal.

‘Let’s climate proof it’

As the impacts of our changing climate materialize and intensify, developing countries—and poor people who inhabit them—will be impacted first and to the greatest degree. Land degradation, desertification, and a dwindling global water supply pose…

IFPRI's Shenggen Fan greets H.E. Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, before both deliver opening remarks.

Building resilience from within

“If the past is any guide, we will face a barrage of shocks, both natural and man‐made, in the coming years. In just the past five years, we have seen a major earthquake in Haiti; drought in the Horn of Africa; earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis…

 Akram Ali/CARE Bangladesh Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain (SDVC) project

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2014

This Saturday marks  International Women’s Day. The theme this year is “equality for women is progress for all,” and IFPRI’s gender work is essential to its larger mission of achieving food and nutrition security for all and reducing poverty levels…

Women's focus group in Odisha, India.

What’s in a name?

In West Bengal, nearly 40 percent of children under the age of five are underweight, despite the country’s strong economic gains in recent years. This paradox indicates that food insecurity continues to pose major challenges for India’s state and…

 Facebook (World Bank Publications)

Fishing for answers

Amid a future of growing populations, economies, and changing diets, questions arise as to how current practices can meet future food demands. Aquaculture, also known as fish farming, may be key: It is expected that as much as two-thirds of all fish…