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Assessing the Impact of Increased Global Food Prices on the Poor

The global food crisis of 2007–08 was characterized by a sharp spike in the prices of most agricultural commodities, including staple grains. High world prices were transmitted to domestic markets, eroding the purchasing power of urban households and…


Food Security in Yemen

Ministers, international partners, and other stakeholders are meeting December 18th in Sana’a, Yemen to officially launch the Yemen National Food Security Strategy (NFSS). The strategy, for which IFPRI provided key analysis and technical advice, was…


SPEED Public Expenditure Data Now Online

In many developing countries, weak institutions and fiscal mismanagement often lead to poor access to and delivery of public services. Understanding the links between public expenditure and development can provide insights for poverty reduction…


Cluster-based industrialization in China

Despite the significant role of “clustering” in China’s rapid industrialization, the survival of millions of small manufacturers that follow this business model is threatened by rising wages and a stronger yen, according to a recent  article in…


Doubling down on a good investment

As the world’s population continues to expand, ensuring that food production can meet the growing demand is an ever-mounting challenge. Climate change, soil degradation, and volatile food prices further threaten food security at a time when increasing…


Preventing an Ebola-related food crisis

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan  was  originally published on his DG Corner blog. With deaths in the thousands and more cases reported each day, the Ebola epidemic has caused tremendous suffering, and will continue to do so for…