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Road to New York: Keeping the SDGs' Agenda in Focus

By the end of September 2015, world leaders will agree on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will anchor the global development agenda for the next 15 years. At the center of the SDGs are the goals to eliminate extreme poverty, hunger, and…

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Policymakers’ Responses to Food Price Crises

Results from a 14-Country Political Economy Study Increasing food price volatility since 2007, which is likely to continue and possibly amplify in the future, presents a major challenge for the world’s policymakers. While much has been written about…

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Launch of IFPRI's First Global Food Policy Report

In 2011, a variety of ongoing challenges affected global food security, including food price volatility, extreme weather shocks, famine, and conflicts. Despite a number of positive developments in 2011, the global food system’s inability to adequately…

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Agricultural Price Distortions, Inequality, and Poverty

Abstract The prices of farm products, namely food products, are crucial determinants of the extent of poverty and inequality in the world. The vast majority of the world’s poorest households considerably depend on farming for income while spending a…

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Reflections on The Global Food Crisis

This seminar consists of three presentations of new work on the global food crisis. Headey and Fan present an update of their earlier review of the causes and consequences of the food crisis, with new data and analysis of sources of demand growth, the…

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Fifty Years of Distortion in World Food Markets

Three quarters of the world’s poor are farmers in developing countries. Their earnings from farming have been depressed by a pro-urban bias in own-country policies as well as by governments of richer countries favoring their farmers with import…

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Helping Women Respond to the Global Food Crisis

Ruth Meinzen-Dick, a senior research fellow in IFPRI’s Environment and Production Technology Division and chair of IFPRI’s Gender Task Force, launched the seminar by noting that gender analysis has been largely absent from discussions of the current…

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High Food Prices

Joachim von Braun, director general of IFPRI, launched the policy seminar by stating that both supply and demand factors are contributing to the current food price crisis. This crisis comes at a time when the world’s income distribution is more…

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Food Security & the G20

When G20 leaders come together on June 18-19 in Los Cabos, Mexico, food security will once again be at the top of their agenda. At last year’s summit, the G20 Agriculture Ministers took historic steps towards addressing food price volatility. This…

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Two Food Price Crises in Three Years

What’s Going On? What Lessons Have We Learned? International food prices began to rise sharply in the first quarter of 2011, resulting in a second food price crisis in three years. Rising food inflation in many developing countries and increasing food…