- 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.
- Nov 27, 2012
IFPRI article and video interview with Fred Pearce discuss Africa’s and Asia’s land rush
During the past 10 years governments, agricultural firms, and investors have been quietly buying or leasing land in other countries for agricultural use. The amount of land is not insignificant: since 2000, purchases and leases have added up to an area larger than France, mostly in Africa and Asia, where land is cheaper and regulations weaker.
- Nov 26, 2012
Congratulations to PK Joshi, IFPRI’s Director for South Asia, who was honored with two awards at the recent annual conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics.
Joshi received the fourth biennial Professor R C Agrawal Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions to the field of agricultural economics.
Joshi was also named a Fellow of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics for his lifetime contribution to rural development and ag economics, as well as his support for the society.
- Nov 20, 2012by Josh Heard
With a global financial crisis stripping investor confidence and budget cuts looming for traditional donor countries struggling under mountains of debt, it’s reasonable to be concerned about potential decreases in foreign aid.
Even Bono, the famous frontman for the rock band U2, is campaigning on the issue, appealing to US policymakers this month “to spare U.S. development assistance programs from cuts as Congress tries to avert the looming ‘fiscal cliff’” (Reuters).
- Nov 16, 2012
It all comes down to power. That’s one major point from a new IFPRI issue brief that contends that collective action—when a group decides to act together to form a voluntary institution—and property rights have a strong and beneficial impact on a range of conditions faced by the world’s poor. Underlying power relations are often at the heart of policies and programs for the poor, but groups with less power, such as smallholder farmers, pastoralists, and women, can use collective action to negotiate with other stakeholders for rights and protections.
- Nov 9, 2012by IFPRI
The production of cocoa—the basis of chocolate—has been a pillar of Ghana’s well-documented economic success. In fact, Ghana is currently the second largest cocoa producer in the world. However, recent challenges are making Ghanaians nervous. The world wants chocolate more than ever, and global demand for cocoa is up, but dryer weather is causing Ghana’s production to decline.
- Nov 8, 2012by IFPRI
Experts at recent IFPRI Policy Seminar examine challenges ahead
In the aftermath of the “Arab Spring”—a series of demonstrations, protests, and wars that swept through the Arab world during 2010-2011 and toppled several governments in the region—many researchers identified rising food prices and the resulting food insecurity as underlying causes. Yet even after leadership changes in many countries, food price volatility, food insecurity, and undernutriton continue to threaten the region’s stability as well as the health and economic wellbeing of its citizens.
- Nov 7, 2012by IFPRI
If Bangladesh is to find a way out of poverty and poor nutrition, it needs timely and accurate information about the way its farmers are growing food, using water, accessing markets, and developing agricultural resources. Until now, such data was hard to come by. But this past weekend, IFPRI’s program in Bangladesh took a big step towards putting that crucial information in the hands of agricultural policymakers.
- Nov 2, 2012by IFPRI
The resort of Punta del Este in Uruguay, South America is famous for beautiful beaches and elegant casinos. This week, however, it became known for another reason: the world’s top researchers, thought leaders, and stakeholders are gathering there for the second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD), to find ways together to best address the growing needs of resource-poor smallholder farmers.