• Apr 17, 2013

    New Food Security Data Unveiled at Bangladesh Workshop

    Despite its transformation from a country of chronic food shortages to one of food self-sufficiency, Bangladesh still faces food-security challenges. This is the conclusion of a massive IFPRI-designed survey on agriculture, consumption, and nutrition in the country.

  • Apr 16, 2013

    IFPRI leader issues call to action for European policymakers

    European policymakers must increase development assistance to agriculture to at least 10 percent of overseas development assistance. That was the first of several key calls to action IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan presented to policymakers from European Union countries at a keynote presentation to the Royal Dublin Society and livecast around the world last week.

  • Apr 11, 2013

    Paying attention to nutrition post-2015

    As 2015—the target date for the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)—looms closer, the international community is reviewing how far we have come, and asking what new standards should be set in the development goals after 2015. Nutrition, policy, and advocacy experts recently gathered to discuss that very question.

  • Apr 10, 2013

    From Anchor to Engine

    A model to transform Ethiopia’s agriculture into a driver of growth

    Ethiopia faces many challenges, but the country is quickly shedding its label as one of the world’s poorest countries, finding itself today among the world’s 10 fastest growing economies. The question now at hand is how to sustain this historic growth, and emerge as a middle-income country by 2025. The Ethiopian government is turning to its leading—but one of its most underperforming— industries for the answer: agriculture.

  • Apr 9, 2013

    Agricultural Productivity: Good and Bad News

    The world’s population is growing, and we only have limited land for farming. Will we run out of food? That question, famously posed by Thomas Malthus in the early 19th century, has been discussed for decades.

  • Apr 5, 2013

    Shenggen Fan Interviewed by Global Development Platform on Major Food Policy Developments

    A couple of weeks ago, IFPRI’s Director General Shenggen Fan participated in an online video interview with the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, a network of donors, financing institutions, and development agencies.

    Referring to IFPRI’s recently launched 2012 Global Food Policy Report, Fan discusses the positive developments in food security in 2012, and which policies—from national governments and the international community—can help and hinder food security and poverty reduction.

  • Apr 3, 2013

    Empowering Adolescent Girls through Better Information

    3ie-IFPRI Seminar Series Continues

    The next International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and IFPRI Impact Evaluation Seminar will be held on April 11 at 12:30 EST. Markus Goldstein of the World Bank will present on how a two-pronged program providing vocational training and information on health and risky behaviors impacted the health and labor outcomes of adolescent girls in Uganda.

  • Apr 2, 2013

    Coping with Climate Change in West Africa

    Today, IFPRI launches West African Agriculture and Climate Change, the first of three monographs on climate change and agriculture in West, Central, and Eastern Africa. The monographs result from a research project headed by IFPRI Senior Researcher Gerald Nelson. Below Nelson talks about his research and implications for policymakers.

  • Apr 1, 2013

    Empowering Policy through Information

    Updated Food Security Portal Provides Improved Accessibility

    Cross-posted from the Food Security Portal Food for Thought blog

    Effective policymaking relies on sound knowledge. Knowing what works and what doesn’t, who the target population is and what they need, and what the situation is really like “on the ground” is crucial to ensuring that policies and programs have the desired impacts. But all too often, critical information is out of date, difficult to locate and access, or even nonexistent.

  • Mar 22, 2013

    Playing games to save water

    World Water Day 2013 begins the International Year of Water Cooperation. Today, we highlight an innovative research project that helps strengthen cooperation to protect and conserve this precious natural resource.

    Recently, villagers in India and Colombia have been regularly gathering for a “game night.” But instead of Monopoly or charades, they play a game that simulates real-life decisionmaking about water use.