- Jul 21, 2011by IFPRI
Drought-induced crisis in the Horn of Africa
On July 20, the United Nations announced that the persistent, widespread drought in the Horn of Africa has led to famine in two areas of Somalia. The region is experiencing acute malnutrition rates of 30 percent or higher among children, inadequate access to food and water, and mortality rates greater than two people per 10,000. In the face of such dire circumstances, Somalis have fled the country by the thousands, gathering in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya—both countries with areas also dealing with serious drought.
- Jul 18, 2011
Winners chosen among those who answered IFPRI survey on the potential of agricultural technologies
IFPRI congratulates the winners of the two iPad2s, awarded to two people who took part in the survey: The Potential of Agricultural Technologies, which closed on August 15.
The two winners are:
• Dr. Lalith Achoth, of Bangalore, India, and
• Mr. Raoul Rademakers of Cochabamba, Bolivia.
The iPads will be shipped soon, and we hope that the winners will enjoy them.
We received 297 responses to the survey, with a total of 352 answers, as some survey-takers answered the questions for more than one combination of technology/crop/region.
- Jul 11, 2011
Led by IFPRI senior researcher Stanley Wood, the CGIAR’s Consortium for Spatial Information (CGIAR CSI), which brings together geospatial researchers—those who gather, analyze and synthesize map-based data—from IFPRI’s 14 sister centers, will have major representation at a leading geographic information systems (GIS) event.
- Jul 8, 2011
African Agricultural Markets Programme Strengthens Local Analytical Capacity
While increasing access to well-functioning markets for high-value agricultural products is one key component of agricultural and economic development, an equally important component is ensuring that smallholder producers, particularly women, have the capacity to take advantage of this increased access.
- Jun 22, 2011by IFPRI
Washington, D.C.—During a ceremony at the U.S. State Department yesterday hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Ghanaian President John Kufuor, and former president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, were awarded the 2011 World Food Prize. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the prestigious award, which recognizes individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.
- Jun 14, 2011by IFPRI
"Trade in the agricultural sector remains quite distorted," said Charlotte Hebebrand of the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council, while speaking on actions needed to address food price volatility. In her address, Hebebrand remarked that in addition to laws that protect exporters, the rights of importers must be safeguarded. On biofuels, she asserted that "biofuels subsidies have clearly contributed to food price increases."
- Jun 2, 2011by IFPRI
Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics
The 2011 Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), cohosted by the World Bank, OECD, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, and the French Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry, was held on May 31-Jun 1 in Paris. This year's conference, "Broadening Opportunities for Development," focused on five themes: inequality; job creation; youth; social protection; and gender equity.
- May 26, 2011
Second AGRODEP Workshop in Dakar
Africa faces complex development issues that affect it both as a region and as part of the wider global growth and development debate. Despite the region’s importance to global development, however, African researchers are often constrained by a lack of access to the latest research tools and resources. Improving and expanding the tools available to African researchers is essential in improving the quality of research in the region.
- May 23, 2011
Discusses future grain, meat trends
Global demand for major grains, such as maize, rice, and wheat, is projected to increase by nearly 48 percent from 2000-2025 and by 70 percent between 2000 and 2050, according to research presented by Mark Rosegrant at the Ag Innovation Showcase held in St. Louis, Missouri from May 23-24.
- May 20, 2011
Gathering will be webcast live
IFPRI senior researcher Stanley Wood will speak at a prominent gathering of geospatial experts—those who gather, analyze and synthesize map-based data—on May 23. The goal of the two-day GEOSHARE (Geospatial Open-Source Hosting of Agricultural & Environmental data) workshop is to develop a geospatial database that researchers can use to more accurately analyze agriculture, forestry, and the environment. Supported by the UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the draft proposal for this database is available here.