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Produce for sale at local market in Malawi.

Higher food prices are good for the poor... in the long run

Note: A modified version of this story  originally appeared on Dani Rodrik’s weblog  on March 28, 2014. Since the poor spend a greater share of their household incomes on purchasing food, higher food prices must exacerbate poverty, right? Wrong... at…

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Working toward a brighter future

The following story was originally published on  IFPRI’s Food Security Portal. Extreme poverty and gender inequality are two of the most daunting challenges faced by the developing world. To tackle these challenges, many policymakers are turning to…

Kenyan women farmers in the field.

International Year of Family Farming

The United Nations declared 2014 the  International Year of Family Farming  to highlight the important global role family and smallholder farmers have in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods,…


Agriculture in Africa

This blog story  by  Eva Donelli  was originally posted on the  Devex Development News site. The agricultural sector’s growth has lagged behind national economic growth in Africa, according to an International Food Policy Research Institute study. Given…


Why we should care about women's right to land

This blog story  by IFPRI senior researcher Agnes Quisumbing  was originally posted as part of the  Devex Land Matters for Women campaign. Why do you care about women’s land rights? Isn’t it enough for the household to have land? This question is a common…


Insights from Indonesia

Yanyan Liu  is a research fellow in IFPRI’s Markets, Trade and Institutions Division. The world’s population is both rapidly expanding and becoming increasingly urbanized. But while population growth poses significant challenges to food security and…


Twitter Chat on youth and agriculture connects IFPRI with new audiences

Earlier this month, I took part in a new experience: a twitter chat. Organized by USAID, the  #AskAg Twitter Chat on Youth Employment in Agriculture, connected me and my fellow guest speakers from USAID, Making Cents International, and Winrock…


Food Subsidies in Egypt: a help or hindrance?

Statistics are sounding a warning bell about the state of Egypt’s food security, poverty, and malnutrition. The number of food insecure Egyptians has increased about 21 percent from 2009 to 2011, according to a 2011 analysis of household incomes,…


Poverty scorecards help prioritize lending, minimize risk

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…


Better Development through Diaspora Engagement?

For many developing countries, remittances—the money sent from expats back home to their families—are a major source of revenue, in some instances comprising upward of 20 percent of GDP. Over the last decade, remittances to the world’s least developed…