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Glamming up data for smallholder resilience in the Horn of Africa

A pile of numbers, or the key to smallholder resilience in places that need it most? A data revolution is quietly unfolding in sub-Saharan Africa and empowering sustainable development and resilience for a new generation of policymakers. Variability…


Improving food systems for better lives

Although we have successfully reached the Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme poverty and hunger at the global level, an estimated 795 million people continue to suffer from hunger while two billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.…


Battered but not broken

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan  was  originally published in the Huffington Post. While the major earthquakes in Nepal appear to have ended, the need to prepare for future disasters has not. The April 25th quake killed…

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Moving into poverty?

As the impacts of climate change, environmental degradation, and conflict continue to grow and intensify, so too will migration. However, what impact this increasing scale of migration has on the workforce in host communities is largely unknown. In…

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When wells fail: Farmers’ response to groundwater depletion in India

The following post by  Avinash Kishore, Associate Research Fellow at IFPRI , is an excerpted version of a  story that originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog as part of their…


UN commemorates World Environment Day 2014

Climate change threatens to profoundly impact all facets of life—not least of which include agriculture and food security. For many poor people in developing nations, the impacts of climate change can spell the difference between having enough food to…