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Keeping the momentum of West African success

This story originally appeared on the  Food Security Portal blog. Economic growth in the developing world relies heavily on credit, grants, and loans. But increasing poor populations’ access to these financial vehicles brings with it a significant…

Seeking Answers to Global Trade Challenges

The World Trade Organization this week hosted a public forum, “Seeking Answers to Global Trade Challenges”, which discussed the future of the multilateral trading system. The forum addressed four main topics related to global trade: food security,…

Understanding the Implications of Global Markets and Trade

How is a country affected by changes in the global prices of its export and import commodities? What is the change in short-run prices when a country’s food supply is increased? Answering such questions can pose a major challenge to global…

Uzbekistan’s Road to Food Security

Since declaring independence in 1991, Uzbekistan has adopted a rigid approach to food security that prioritizes self-sufficiency but lacks an emphasis on balanced nutrition and affordable food. Although the country produces adequate calories to feed…

Partnership potential

The following story by IFPRI senior research assistant  Vijay Nazareth  was  originally published on the IFPRI South Asia blog. Think of what might happen in India’s risk-prone eastern states, such as Bihar, Jharkhand, and Odisha, if the country’s…

Food security stocks and the potential collapse of the Bali Agreement

The following is an excerpted version of a blog story that was  originally published on the Food Security Portal’s Food for Thought blog (updated on October 24, 2014). After several days of work, and the usual posturing and drama, members of the WTO…

Food security brings economic growth — not the other way around

The following piece by IFPRI's  Maximo Torero is an excerpt of a  story that was originally posted on the Devex Global Views blog  in honor of World Food Day (October 16). On  World Food Day, it's time to remind ourselves that economic growth is only…

Smallholder agriculture: “It’s a cool business!"

The following post is a modified version of a story that originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) website. Today nearly 450 million farmers work on less than 2 hectares of land. Collectively, these…

Moving family farms from subsistence to prosperity

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan  was  originally published on the World Food Day Network  as part of their “Perspectives” series of essays on this year’s theme of family farming. This series is curated by the  Food and…

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