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    The world’s population is growing, and we only have limited land for farming. Will we run out of food? That question, famously posed by Thomas Malthus in the early 19th century, has been discussed for decades. The short answer is: no, we ...
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    With the recent passage of both the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the European Union and the Farm Bill in the United States, the EU and US are headed down “divergent paths” in the way their agricultural policies support their own farmers. ...
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    The image of a female smallholder farmer eking out a living on a postage stamp-sized parcel of degraded land with a baby on her back and barely enough to feed her family may belong in the history books, but more work is needed to get to ...
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    Beginning in 2007, the world has suffered three rounds of high food prices. These crises were caused by a variety of factors—from extreme weather events to civil conflict—but poor policies by affected countries exacerbated the problem, according ...
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    At the L’Aquila G-8 summit in 2009, governments and organizations committed more than $20 billion to agriculture and rural development as a means of promoting food and nutrition security. Within the overarching frameworks of the L’Aquila ...
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    Transition countries in the former Eastern bloc have struggled with economic decline since the 1990s. The magnitude of economic decline was significantly higher in Tajikistan than that in other countries in the region. In the 1990s the country’s ...
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    The following story by Mahmoud Solh, Director General of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), was originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog. The string of upheavals in the Arab region in ...
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    Amid a future of growing populations, economies, and changing diets, questions arise as to how current practices can meet future food demands. Aquaculture, also known as fish farming, may be key: It is expected that as much as two-thirds of all ...
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    Global crises, such as the 2007- 2008 spike in food prices, tend to impact each location in a unique way. In Yemen, the triple global crisis in food, fuel, and financial markets has underscored its precarious food supply from abroad and its ...
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    Can you eat policy? Obviously not, but without innovations in policy—together with technological innovations in food production, information, and communication that weren’t even dreamed of just a generation ago—there will not be enough nutritious ...
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    The following story by Nadim Khouri, Deputy Executive Secretary at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA), was originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog. Subsidiarity is the principle that ...
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    The International Food Policy Research Institute and the World Food Programme held a joint reception for the signing of their new Cooperation Framework Agreement on February 27 at IFPRI headquarters. Both IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan and ...
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    The 2010-2011 drought in the Horn of Africa affected over 13 million people, most of whom were pastoralists. This group of people earn a living by raising livestock, producing firewood and charcoal, and engaging in a variety of other ...
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    The following article was originally published on the IFPRI South Asia website. India’s recently introduced National Food Security Bill (NFSB)—a flagship program that will provide long term sustainable food and nutritional security for the ...
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    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, ...
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    Africa is confronting a complex development challenge: population pressures are driving land scarcity, resulting in progressively smaller plots of land per farmer. On the land that’s still available, soil is rapidly degrading. How can Africa ...
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    Asia is home to more than two-thirds of the world's poor and hungry. And as populations around the world continue to grow, the region's most vulnerable people will be faced with even greater challenges in the coming decades. Climate change and ...
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    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 ...
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    IFPRI’s lead climate change researcher Gerald Nelson took part in a two-part “food fight” launched on January 10 by New York Times columnist Andrew C. Revkin. “Almost every time global prices surge and the media and ...
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    The following story by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog. The triple burden of malnutrition—the coexistence of food insecurity, undernutrition, and overweight and obesity—is a ...
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    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 ...
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    Africa south of the Sahara is the only region in the world where rural populations are expected to continue to grow rapidly, with an estimated 48 percent increase in rural population density in the next 35 years. At the same time, smallholder ...
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    Although the level of food insecurity in Yemen is alarming, it is also declining. In 2011, Yemen was among the bottom 10 countries of the world in terms of food security, but by the end of 2012, food security levels had almost reached pre-crisis ...
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    This week, European development practitioners, partners, and stakeholders worldwide have gathered at the 8th annual European Development Days in Brussels with an eye toward improving development coordination and aid effectiveness in 2015 and ...
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    US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton vacated her post at the State Department last week. She may be gone, but her legacy will not be forgotten. The development community will remember her unwavering commitment to raising the profile of ...
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    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, ...
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    The following story by Gerda Verburg, Committee on Food Security (CFS) Chair and Ambassador of the Netherlands to the UN’s Rome-based Agencies, was originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog. With 805 million people worldwide ...
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    Governments looking to deploy social protection programs that combat hunger and poverty want a no-nonsense description of their options and a way to compare each program’s cost and impact. Policymakers and economists have long debated whether it ...
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    The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) partners with Government of Germany to organize the international “Bonn2011 Conference: The Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus–Solutions for the Green Economy” to be held in Bonn, ...
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    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 ...
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    In West Bengal, nearly 40 percent of children under the age of five are underweight, despite the country’s strong economic gains in recent years. This paradox indicates that food insecurity continues to pose major challenges for India’s state and ...
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    In the aftermath of the “Arab Spring”—a series of demonstrations, protests, and wars that swept through the Arab world during 2010-2011 and toppled several governments in the region—many researchers identified rising food prices and the resulting ...
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    Every year, the United Nations chooses a new theme to focus people’s attention when it comes to thinking about our planet’s water resources. This year, they selected “Water and Food Security”- a topic near and dear to the ...
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    Dr. Betty Achan Ogwaro was interviewed during a visit to IFPRI in October 2012 “A hungry nation is an angry nation. A hungry house is an angry house…” Those words by Dr. Betty Achan Ogwaro, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Development ...