- Aug 2, 2013
Policy options to help potentially profitable smallholders
Small farms play an indispensable role in global food security, particularly in developing countries. In fact, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), four-fifths of the developing world’s food is a product of small-sized farms. That said, not all smallholder farms are cut from the same cloth and strategies that help shift small farms from subsistence to profit should be considered alongside interventions, like non-farm employment, for those whose farms lack profit-earning potential.
- Jul 31, 2013
Expert panel debates US role in shaping global food security
USAID’s Food for Peace program, which plays a major role in ensuring global food security, is undergoing a vigorous review in order to make it more nimble, efficient, and effective. Gone are the days of a one-size-fits-all approach to providing food aid where excess government food stocks are shipped to countries in need. But what should take its place?
- Jul 30, 2013
How education investment affects a growing population
Yanyan Liu is a research fellow in IFPRI’s Markets, Trade and Institutions Division.
The world’s population is both rapidly expanding and becoming increasingly urbanized. But while population growth poses significant challenges to food security and sustainable resource use, particularly in developing countries, a study I conducted with Futoshi Yamauchi of the World Bank suggests that for more educated households, the news may not be all bad.
- Jul 25, 2013
Niche markets and Africa’s competitiveness
Can Africa’s agricultural sector compete in the global marketplace? Consumable “niche” goods in the form of luxury coffee and teas from Africa are already on the shelves of such major US and UK retailers as Starbucks, Fortnum and Mason, and Costco. And Ghanaian chocolate has infiltrated the connoisseur’s market, featured at the famed Parisian chocolate house, la Maison du Chocolat.
- Jul 24, 2013
In a move that potentially pleases both food security experts and environmentalists, the EU’s Environment Committee voted on July 11 to set a cap on the amount of energy produced from food and energy crops while encouraging the use of advanced biofuels and electric vehicles.
- Jul 23, 2013
User experience is enhanced with new content and greater interactivity
ReSAKSS-Africa (Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System) website is now ready with enhanced features to track progress in implementing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), including the target of allocating 10 percent of national budgets to agriculture.
- Jul 19, 2013
Every year, 1 in 10 child deaths—approximately 800,000—are the direct result of diarrhea. Of these deaths, 88 percent are preventable by guaranteeing access to safe drinking water and sanitation supplies.
The situation is particularly dire in Africa south of the Sahara. Almost two-fifths (39 percent) of people living in the region are without safe drinking water. The region is home to 15 percent of the world’s population but accounts for more than half of child deaths.
This is why identifying policies that can improve water management is critically important.
- Jul 18, 2013
- Jul 15, 2013
Demystifying Pakistan’s water sector through Net-Map
Appearances can be deceiving: There’s always a backstory, the behind-the-scenes truths of how we moved from point A to point B. How the intangible dynamics of power structures, information pathways, and spheres of influence ultimately shape policy outcomes is challenging to decipher—but understanding the various actors, belief systems, channels, and motives in play is essential to the development of effective policies and programs .
One way IFPRI researchers have been investigating the backstory of food policy is through social network analysis, applying tools such as Net-Map.
- Jul 11, 2013
Why preventing adolescent pregnancy can have a big impact
Chiara Kovarik is a Senior Research Assistant in IFPRI's Poverty Health and Nutrition Division
Today, on World Population Day, IFPRI recognizes that the world’s growing population—which reached 7 billion in 2011—has a powerful impact on development. The stresses caused by a growing global population, along with rising incomes, rapid urbanization, and changing demographics, are affecting the global supply and demand for food and natural resources.