- May 10, 2013
Cites Food Price Volatility as Greater Danger than High Food Prices
Beginning in 2007, the world has suffered three rounds of high food prices. These crises were caused by a variety of factors—from extreme weather events to civil conflict—but poor policies by affected countries exacerbated the problem, according to an expert on the subject who spoke at IFPRI last week.
- May 7, 2013
Investment in the African agricultural sector was largely in a state of decline until the early 2000s, followed by what became known as Africa’s “decade of growth.” Between the years 2001-2010, investment in the sector grew more than 3 percent per year, overtaking population growth on the continent for the first time in decades.
- May 3, 2013
Decades of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have led to an estimated death toll of 5.4 million and rising, decimated rural infrastructure and institutions, and a chronically underperforming agricultural sector. In 2011, the DRC ranked at the bottom of a list of 81 countries in IFPRI’s Global Hunger Index and dead last of 187 countries in the United Nation’s Human Development Report.
- May 1, 2013
An interview with David LaBorde, contributor to the 2012 Global Food Policy Report
The world food situation continues to be vulnerable.
- Apr 30, 2013
Interview with Luz Marina Alvarė and Soonho Kim
Luz Marina Alvarė, IFPRI’s Head of Knowledge Management, and Soonho Kim, Web Portal Specialist, are actively participating in the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture, which currently is taking place in Washington, DC. Tomorrow, IFPRI will host a D-8 Open Data for Agriculture G-8 Side Event geared toward sharing its own experience working with Open Data.
- Apr 29, 2013
Just as the sun rises and sets, food price volatility—the variation in food prices over time—is a given these days. Once unexpected price instabilities have now become routine in the era following the food crisis of 2007-2008. For poor households, which spend more than 60 percent of their income on food, price shocks are, indeed, shocks to a struggling family’s bottom line. For example, farmers find it difficult to know what type of crop and how much of it to plant, leading to shortages and lost incomes.
- Apr 29, 2013
International symposium discusses pro-poor changes to the way food moves from field to fork
We live in a fast changing world with fast changing trends: urbanization, globalization, industrialization, and more, all of which have a profound impact on the way food moves from field to fork along the agricultural value chain. Understanding the chain, and how to make it work for smallholder farmers, is a central theme in research that seeks to find solutions to poverty and malnutrition.
- Apr 26, 2013
Reflections on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index, One Year Out
Last year, IFPRI researchers, in partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI), developed the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), a tool designed to monitor women’s empowerment and inclusion in agriculture. The index is being used by USAID in its countries focused on in its Feed the Future hunger and poverty reduction program. One year later, a key designer of the Index gives her take on how it has been working and its future potential.
- Apr 25, 2013
Reemerging input subsidy program (ISPs) have sparked a highly contentious debate in Africa. ISPs are government programs that provide items such as seed and fertilizer to farmers at a steep discount. Ten years ago, few countries in Africa had subsidy programs; now, African governments spend an estimated $2 billion annually—an average of 30 percent of their agriculture budgets—on these programs. But are these governments getting the biggest bang for their buck?