- Oct 25, 2013
IFPRI Reaffirms Pledge Facilitating Access to Food Policy Research
At the 6th annual Open Access Week the academic and research communities celebrate their continued commitment to data sharing and access to information. As part of this global commitment to Open Access and Open Data, the CGIAR Consortium’s board recently approved the CGIAR Open Access and Data Management Policy. Since releasing an Open Access Statement in 2012, access to IFPRI’s knowledge products has expanded greatly:
- Oct 22, 2013
The European Commission
With support from the European Commission, IFPRI conducts cutting-edge research on biofuels, trade, and country-specific development strategies.
- Oct 16, 2013
Building Resiliency for a Food Secure Future
Today marks World Food Day, and despite significant gains in the fight against hunger in recent years, an estimated 842 million people—or 1 in 8 people worldwide—still suffer from chronic hunger. According to the 2013 Global Hunger Index (GHI), levels of hunger are still “alarming” or “extremely alarming” in 19 countries.
- Oct 11, 2013
Latest Global Hunger Index Lists Winners and Losers in the Battle to End Chronic Hunger
About one in eight people worldwide suffered from chronic hunger during the past two years, according to the United Nations. Though daunting, that ratio is an improvement over previous years. In fact, the 2013 Global Hunger Index report released today shows that global hunger levels have declined by nearly 35 percent since 1990.
- Oct 9, 2013
Forman Memorial Lecture Focuses on Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
“After decades of hiatus, the global community and, most importantly, high-burden countries are stepping up to the challenge of malnutrition.” So said Shawn K. Baker, director of nutrition for the Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program, at last week’s 23rd Annual Martin J. Forman Lecture, held at IFPRI.
- Oct 7, 2013
Experts Share Lessons Learned for Transforming Agriculture in Africa
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 maintain, let alone ramp up, agricultural productivity to fuel the economic growth necessary to alleviate poverty? At a recent roundtable discussion, “Transforming Agriculture in Africa: The Insiders’ Perspective,” IFPRI convened a group of experts to share their perspectives.
- Oct 2, 2013
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 levels, according to research presented at a workshop on “Reactivating the Yemen National Food Security Strategy,” held last month in Sana’a, Yemen.
- Oct 1, 2013
In recent years, many governments, civil society organizations, research groups, and intergovernmental agencies have sought ways to scale up effective actions for better nutrition. Research suggests that such efforts are successful if all the different groups work together in support of sound national policies, the implementation of effective interventions, and sector programs that are sensitive to the determinants of malnutrition.
- Sep 26, 2013
Land constraints and livelihoods in rural Ethiopia
It is a problem that extends far beyond the borders of a single country: Exponentially growing populations and a finite pool of resources needed to support them, including land, water, food and energy. In Ethiopia, expanding populations and shrinking land availability translate to smaller and smaller plots of farm land and waning incomes to match. Due to high fertility rates, each successive generation inherits less land than their parents once did.