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Are we headed for a “food cliff”?

By now, most Americans have heard of the pending “fiscal cliff,” but have they heard of the “food cliff?” According to Josette Sheeran, Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and former Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP),…

South Sudan’s agriculture minister speaks at IFPRI

Everything is new in the Republic of South Sudan, which by merit of having achieved independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, now ranks as the newest country in the world. So when  Minister of Agriculture H.E. Dr. Betty Achan Ogwaro  visited IFPRI…

Tracking the 2012 G20

Food insecurity poses a daunting challenge to the G20’s goals of global economic growth and development. The impacts of high and volatile food prices in 2007-2008 and 2010-2011 remain widely visible, as seen during the 2011 Horn of Africa food crisis.…

Improving Agricultural Growth Critical to Global Food Security

With a growing global population and rising incomes, global collaboration is urgently needed to ensure sustainable agricultural growth and food security. The issue of food security and development was first taken up at the 2010 G20 Summit in Seoul,…

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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…

Agriculture, Food Security, Nutrition and the Millennium Development Goals

In 2000, the member states of the United Nations committed themselves to creating a "more peaceful, prosperous and just world," to "free[ing] our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty," to making…

A New Year's resolution to consider—cut food loss and waste

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan  was  originally published on his DG Corner blog. The holiday season is just over. In the past few weeks, numerous families around the globe filled their plates with holiday-themed food and…

Malawi’s subsidy splurge

Africa south of the Sahara has been plagued by low agricultural productivity while at the same time fertilizer usage has remained stubbornly low in the region. In an attempt to boost output, African governments have taken to subsidizing…

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