• Aug 23, 2013

    Arab Spatial’s First Six Months

    IFPRI Senior Research Analyst Perrihan Al-Riffai discusses the progress and promise of Arab Spatial, an open-access database and interactive mapping tool she helped design that houses and geographically displays data on more than 150 indicators of development in the Middle East and North Africa.

    Q: What makes Arab Spatial unique?

  • Aug 21, 2013

    Pool Rules

    Highlights from recent brief on mitigating risk from natural disasters across countries

    When a natural disaster strikes, it takes its toll in lives, homes, and entire cities. What’s more, the costs of reconstruction are not strictly financial—it can also drain other resources geared toward long-term development outcomes such as capacity building, and food and nutrition security. Despite the outpouring of financial aid that often follows major catastrophes, the slow and unreliable funneling of those funds does little to help those directly affected and, in fact, hurts long-term development by redirecting resources from effective programs.

  • Aug 20, 2013

    Myths and Realities of Child Nutrition

    IFPRI’s Stuart Gillespie responds to recent article questioning scope of malnutrition in India

    In his August 2013 article featured in Economic and Political Weekly, Myths and Realities of Child Nutrition, IFPRI Senior Research Fellow Stuart Gillespie takes on economist Arvind Panagariya on the topic of child malnutrition.

  • Aug 12, 2013

    A little seed goes a long way

    This story was originally published on the Research for Ethiopia’s Agriculture Policy (REAP) website.

    Tef, the world’s smallest grain, plays no small role in Ethiopia’s agricultural sector— 65 percent of Ethiopia’s 85 million people get their “daily bread and livelihood” from it. In Ethiopia, farmers dedicate more land to this crop than other grains, such as maize and wheat, yet, tef yields lag behind.

  • Aug 8, 2013

    A Gathering of Scholars and PowerPoints

    Annual meeting showcases, debates latest agricultural economic research and ideas

    Dena Leibman is Head of Outreach at IFPRI

  • Aug 7, 2013

    Helping smallholders hedge their bets

    Shenggen Fan on risk management

    How can agriculture innovate to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding global population, projected to reach 9 billion by 2050? In December 2012, Oxfam sought to answer that question by inviting 23 experts from 16 countries to participate in the Future of Agriculture global online policy discussion forum, presenting diverse view points and inspired ideas via a range of online essays.

  • Aug 6, 2013

    A slowdown in the growth of the Dragon?

    Slowing economic growth in China has global repercussions for poverty

    Antoine Bouet is an IFPRI Senior Research Fellow.

    After decades of strong growth, is China’s economy starting to show signs of a slowdown? And, if so, what would this mean for the country’s national poverty reduction campaign and for the global economy as a whole? These questions took center stage in the opening plenary session of the 16th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, which took place from June 12-14 in Shanghai.

  • Aug 2, 2013

    Transforming smallholder farms

    Policy options to help potentially profitable smallholders

    Small farms play an indispensable role in global food security, particularly in developing countries. In fact, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), four-fifths of the developing world’s food is a product of small-sized farms. That said, not all smallholder farms are cut from the same cloth and strategies that help shift small farms from subsistence to profit should be considered alongside interventions, like non-farm employment, for those whose farms lack profit-earning potential.

  • Jul 31, 2013

    The future of US Food Aid

    Expert panel debates US role in shaping global food security

    USAID’s Food for Peace program, which plays a major role in ensuring global food security, is undergoing a vigorous review in order to make it more nimble, efficient, and effective. Gone are the days of a one-size-fits-all approach to providing food aid where excess government food stocks are shipped to countries in need. But what should take its place?

  • Jul 30, 2013

    Insights from Indonesia

    How education investment affects a growing population

    Yanyan Liu is a research fellow in IFPRI’s Markets, Trade and Institutions Division.

    The world’s population is both rapidly expanding and becoming increasingly urbanized. But while population growth poses significant challenges to food security and sustainable resource use, particularly in developing countries, a study I conducted with Futoshi Yamauchi of the World Bank suggests that for more educated households, the news may not be all bad.