- Oct 5, 2012by IFPRI
Marking increased engagement in Central America, the International Food Policy Research Institute signed a Cooperation Framework Agreement with the Central American Integration System (SG-SICA) on September 21, 2012, at IFPRI headquarters. IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan and the SG-SICA Secretary General Juan Daniel Alemán Gurdián made the commitment to strengthen cooperation between the organizations on issues related to food and nutritional security in Central America.
- Oct 1, 2012by IFPRI
Four Winners to Study Women's Empowerment Index
IFPRI and its partners are pleased to announce that Jessica Ham (University of Georgia), Brooke Krause (University of Minnesota), Christopher Manyamba (University of Pretoria), and Greg Seymour (American University) have been awarded a Ph.D. dissertation research fellowships on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI).
- Sep 28, 2012by IFPRI
The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), which is one of two such programs led by IFPRI, launched its website this week. The site features information on A4NH projects, including the related impact pathways, partnerships, and outcomes. It also provides summaries of past events and a calendar of upcoming events.
- Sep 28, 2012
Fourth Round of Membership Extension Announced
Since its inception in 2010, AGRODEP (African Growth and Development Policy Modeling Consortium) has aimed to strengthen the capacity and reach of African researchers. The Consortium enables African researchers to become part of a large network of researchers and experts from Africa and beyond and provides opportunities to engage in ongoing debates on policy issues facing African countries through various research projects and events promoted by AGRODEP.
- Sep 28, 2012by IFPRI
IFPRI Study Highlights Success of Government Safety Net Initiative
For several months each year, poor farmers in Ethiopia, especially those in drought-prone areas, go hungry. During the so-called “lean” period between planting and harvesting, food supplies can run dangerously low. Sometimes, families have to sell livestock, farming tools, and other precious assets to pay for food.
In the past, the government and donors swept in with aid when extreme shortages hit and starvation became a risk. But this emergency relief was only a temporary solution to a persistent food security crisis.
- Sep 28, 2012by IFPRI
IFPRI Writer Co-Authors Nature Article on Perenniation
Planting trees and perennials (plants that live for two or more years) with food crops is a cost-effective way for smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to boost yields and maximize limited resources, says a new Nature article co-authored by IFPRI’s Cindy Cox.
The practice, called perenniation, improves soil fertility, which is one of the greatest challenges facing these farmers.
- Sep 24, 2012
The African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium has released the second edition of its AGRODEP Bulletin, a publication providing insights into major economic development issues in Africa. The Bulletin introduces research and capacity building activities undertaken by AGRODEP and announces publication of new economic data and statistics on Africa. Read more.
- Sep 13, 2012by IFPRI
IFPRI Director General to Participate in Major Asia Food Security Conference
Asia—home to more than half of the world’s population—has made strides in staving off hunger and boosting the nutrition of its billions of residents. But food security challenges facing the region—from volatile food prices and urban-rural disparities to land and water constraints and climate change—call into question how the world will manage to feed the continent’s growing population.
- Sep 10, 2012by IFPRI
Why Frequent Socializing is Bad for the Poor
What do droughts, food price spikes, and weddings have in common? They all have the potential to drive poor people further into poverty. A new IFPRI discussion paper reveals that frequent socializing is an unexpected reason why the health of children in impoverished rural China has improved little in past decades despite rapid annual income growth.
- Sep 6, 2012by IFPRI
Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin Tapped for Founding Ethiopia Commodities Exchange
Two women making great strides in reducing hunger and poverty in Africa—both of whom have ties to IFPRI— were tapped today as recipients of a prestigious, Africa-focused prize.