- 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.
- May 17, 2011by IFPRI
Opening of IFPRI’s West and Central Africa Office (WCAO) in Dakar, Senegal
To avoid future food price crises and cope with other emerging global challenges—and, ultimately, to thrive—people and governments in developing countries need to work together at the regional level. IFPRI’s new West and Central Africa Office in Dakar, Senegal, aims to strengthen such cross-border collaboration, as mentioned by several speakers—including high-level officials from Senegal, Sierra Leone, and the Economic Communities of West African States (ECOWAS)—at today’s opening ceremony.
- May 10, 2011by IFPRI
International conference to discuss opportunities and obstacles
Accra—Policymakers, African experts, and international researchers are convening here on May 10-11 to discuss important opportunities and challenges related to economic development, urbanization, and industrialization on the continent. The conference, “Understanding Economic Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa,” is jointly organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the University of Ghana.
- Apr 22, 2011
Online group in Mendeley continues adding members, publications post 2020 Conference
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- Apr 22, 2011
New climate change news roundup
The climate change-food security nexus is a hot topic. Staying abreast of the latest news and reports about the changing climate and its impacts has become a daunting challenge. In partnership with IFPRI, The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) launched this month a weekly roundup of climate change-related news, reports, and events. This comprehensive list based on diverse sources focuses on agriculture and food security, but covers a wide range of related topics, including biofuels, water, and land management.
- Apr 20, 2011
Investing in Africa’s Future: Analyzing Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities
Extensive empirical evidence demonstrates that investments in agricultural R&D have greatly contributed to economic growth, agricultural development, and poverty reduction in developing regions over the past five decades. New agricultural technologies and crop varieties have enhanced the quantity and quality of agricultural produce, while also improving sustainability, reducing food prices, and providing rural producers with access to markets.