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Mind the gap

Gender disparities are a pervasive challenge in many lines of work, including farming. Even as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was producing  The State of Food and Agriculture 2010-11, evidence on the importance of…


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…