- Jan 10, 2013
Ethiopians have a saying: “Little by little, the egg begins to walk.” This is certainly true of step-by-step progress towards gender equality on the African continent. Sometimes, however, that little egg gets a boost when seemingly unrelated policy reforms act together to reinforce and strengthen their impact on women’s empowerment.
- Dec 20, 2012by IFPRI
Should I buy packaged goods, or bulk? Generic or name brand? The questions long-faced by consumers at pharmacies and grocery stores are now being asked at farmers’ markets in the developing world as wholesalers and merchants try to profit with brand-name, glossy-packaged agricultural products. So the question IFPRI researchers are asking is: How does the branding trend affect farmers and consumers?
- Dec 12, 2012
Cross-posted from the Food Security Portal's Food for Thought blog
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 unsustainable resource use are likely to impede agricultural productivity, exacerbating already high and volatile food prices and presenting significant barriers to poor populations' access to affordable food supplies. But the news is not all bad.
- Dec 12, 2012
The US government is “doubling down” on hunger and food security in the new presidential term, with a major focus on scaling up proven agricultural technologies to reach as many people as possible – and it would like the help of the international agricultural research community.
That was a key message by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah when he spoke at IFPRI last Friday.
- Dec 10, 2012
3ie-IFPRI Seminar Series Continues
The fifth International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and IFPRI Impact Evaluation Seminar will be webcast live on December 13 at 12:30 EST. Andrew Zeitlin of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute will speak about lessons learned from a study of fertilizer use among cocoa farmers in Ghana.
- Dec 6, 2012
WEF’s Sheeran warns we are entering an “era of permanent food crisis,” cites ”game changers” for ensuring global food and nutrition security for all
By now, most Americans have heard of the pending “fiscal cliff,” but have they heard of the “food cliff?” According to Josette Sheeran, Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and former Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), falling off this precipice could have even more dire and far-reaching consequences than America’s financial woes, and would be felt throughout the world for generations to come.
- Dec 5, 2012
Last week’s launch of the Australian International Food Security Center heralds a new level of collaboration between Australian and African policymakers—and research from CGIAR and IFPRI is playing a role in the dialogue.
Two IFPRI researchers presented at the new center’s November 30 launch event in Sydney, a forum titled “Food Security in Africa: Bridging Research and Practice.”
- Nov 30, 2012
What better place to talk about food than Italy? And that’s just what happened this week in Milan: a global discussion about how food is grown and distributed; who has plenty, who doesn’t – and why; and what the future holds for our ability to supply and fairly distribute adequate, nutritious food.