- Jun 5, 2012by IFPRI
Available Online for Free
A Spanish-language version of the popular CGIAR Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi) sourcebook is now available.
The sourcebook, Recursos, derechos y cooperación Manual de herramientas de referencia sobre derechos de propiedad y acción colectiva para el desarrollo sustentable, illustrates—through text and original hand-drawings—the lessons the CAPRi program has learned from its nearly 16 years of extensive field work and research on the role of the poor in the sustainable management of land and other resources in the developing world.
- Jun 4, 2012by IFPRI
3ie-IFPRI Impact Evaluation Seminar Series Continues
The second International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and IFPRI Impact Evaluation Seminar was webcast live on June 6. Erica Field of Duke University spoke about lessons from microfinance on debt structure, entrepreneurship, and risk. David Roodman of the Center for Global Development served as discussant.
- May 31, 2012by IFPRI
Why the Poor Fall Victim - and How They Can Escape
Why do some people fall into the trap of chronic poverty and others are able to escape it? IFPRI convened a panel of experts yesterday to shed some light on factors that lead to chronic poverty, and policy actions that may help pull households out of it.
The panel included Bob Baulch from the Chronic Poverty Research Center, IFPRI’s Agnes Quisumbing, and Catherine Porter from Oxford University, and was moderated by IFPRI’s John Hoddinott.
- May 31, 2012by IFPRI
By 2050, the world’s population will reach nine billion. At the same time, climate change could decrease crop yields by 20 to 30 percent. The urgent need for farmers to sustainably feed more people in a changing climate is one reason why United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development organizers identified food as one of seven areas in need of priority attention at the upcoming Rio+20 conference.
- May 25, 2012
AGRODEP Issues Call for Grant Proposals
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in developing countries has grown in importance in recent years, with increasing attention being paid to the potential impacts on agricultural development and food security for the developing world. In May, the FAO Committee on World Food Security endorsed the establishment of global guidelines on land tenure and access to natural resources, addressing the issue of "land-grabbing". However, while such efforts mark growing global attention to FDI, strong data and research on this subject are still lacking.
- May 24, 2012
Ensuring access to safe, sufficient, nutritious, and sustainably grown food under a changing climate is a challenge for decisionmakers in Africa. Though adapting to climate change is only one of the issues that will be addressed by Rio+20 negotiators in June, it is a crucial issue facing Africa.
- May 21, 2012
Following democratization in 1994, the Malawi government put great emphasis on reducing poverty. The predominantly agrarian economy has had little rural-urban migration and Malawi’s current level of industrialization and urbanization is low by world standards. A recent paper analyzes Malawi’s dependence on an agriculture-based development strategy. The authors find that the country currently does not place sufficient focus on economic and agricultural diversification to ensure continued growth.
- May 18, 2012by IFPRI
Multi-billion Dollar Effort Focuses on Agriculture, Incorporates Private Sector
President Barack Obama announced today at a major food security event in Washington, DC the launch of multi-billion dollar initiative in Africa that he said is designed to “reduce hunger and lift tens of millions of people from poverty.” The G8 countries will sign this agreement at their summit in Camp David this weekend.
- May 17, 2012by Siwa Msangi
The role of bioenergy in a green economy, a subject of heated debate and concern among members of the international community, will be a topic of discussion at the Rio+20 negotiations. As IFPRI’s Global Food Policy Report reveals, biofuels were once viewed as a means to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, whose carbon emissions contribute to climate change. Now, however, it appears that some biofuels have a damaging effect on the environment—and large impacts on agricultural markets.
- May 17, 2012
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 non-salaried forms of work. The size of this population in the Horn of Africa is estimated to be between 12 and 22 million.