- 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.
- Jul 10, 2013
An IFPRI case study for the Climate Action Programme
Rising incomes; changing population, demographics, and consumer preferences; growing natural resource constraints; increasing energy prices; and a varying climate are redefining the global supply and demand of food. At the same time, almost 1 billion people remain undernourished globally.
- Jul 9, 2013
This blog story by IFPRI Senior Research Fellow Purnima Menon and Micronutrient Initiative President Venkatesh Mannar was originally posted on The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Impatient Optimists blog.
- Jul 8, 2013
Earlier this month, I took part in a new experience: a twitter chat. Organized by USAID, the #AskAg Twitter Chat on Youth Employment in Agriculture, connected me and my fellow guest speakers from USAID, Making Cents International, and Winrock International with twitter participants from MPULE Institute, students, development program workers, and others from a range of locations, including Mexico, Belgium, Liberia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Uganda.