- Oct 7, 2013
Experts Share Lessons Learned for Transforming Agriculture in Africa
Africa is confronting a complex development challenge: population pressures are driving land scarcity, resulting in progressively smaller plots of land per farmer. On the land that’s still available, soil is rapidly degrading. How can Africa maintain, let alone ramp up, agricultural productivity to fuel the economic growth necessary to alleviate poverty? At a recent roundtable discussion, “Transforming Agriculture in Africa: The Insiders’ Perspective,” IFPRI convened a group of experts to share their perspectives.
- Oct 2, 2013
Although the level of food insecurity in Yemen is alarming, it is also declining. In 2011, Yemen was among the bottom 10 countries of the world in terms of food security, but by the end of 2012, food security levels had almost reached pre-crisis levels, according to research presented at a workshop on “Reactivating the Yemen National Food Security Strategy,” held last month in Sana’a, Yemen.
- Oct 1, 2013
In recent years, many governments, civil society organizations, research groups, and intergovernmental agencies have sought ways to scale up effective actions for better nutrition. Research suggests that such efforts are successful if all the different groups work together in support of sound national policies, the implementation of effective interventions, and sector programs that are sensitive to the determinants of malnutrition.
- Sep 26, 2013
Land constraints and livelihoods in rural Ethiopia
It is a problem that extends far beyond the borders of a single country: Exponentially growing populations and a finite pool of resources needed to support them, including land, water, food and energy. In Ethiopia, expanding populations and shrinking land availability translate to smaller and smaller plots of farm land and waning incomes to match. Due to high fertility rates, each successive generation inherits less land than their parents once did.
- Sep 25, 2013
Report from IFPRI and Bangladesh Policy Research and Strategy Support Program highlights causes and effects of rising onion prices in region
The following is an excerpted version of a story originally published on the IFPRI South Asia website.
- Sep 23, 2013
Report provides key findings and important lessons learned from IFPRI’s long-term engagement with the country
To ensure the best use of resources and undertake research that is relevant and useful in a rapidly changing world, IFPRI commissions external assessment of its activities. A recent review focused on IFPRI activities in Ethiopia, one of the most populous and poor countries in Africa south of the Sahara, and thus a high priority for IFPRI’s research and capacity-building work.
- Sep 20, 2013
IFPRI Launches Outcome Stories Website
IFPRI is pleased to announce the launch of its Outcome Stories website, highlighting the impact of IFPRI and partners’ work around the world. The website will showcase 30 initial stories of success, benchmarking progress achieved in areas such as building resiliency, facilitating markets, improving production, promoting nutrition, strengthening governance, and designing country strategies. Each week, IFPRI will share a new story from a growing collection of more than 80.
- Sep 16, 2013
Farmers in Kenya can potentially thrive even as climate changes, but their chances of success would be greatly enhanced with supportive policies and forward planning
The following post was originally published on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security's News Blog
- Sep 16, 2013
Developing countries, and the vulnerable people who inhabit them, are confronting a barrage of increasingly frequent and intense economic, environmental, and political shocks. There is an urgent need to predict and prepare for these shocks, as well as devise coping strategies to ensure resilient food systems, institutions, and policies at global, national, and community levels. Such preparations and coping mechanisms are essential to achieving food and nutrition security for all.