- Dec 4, 2014
Adaptive strategies for coping with drought
In the drought-prone regions of East Africa and parts of South Asia, a lack of water can be the most damaging factor to a farmer’s bottom line. Agriculture is a particularly high-risk occupation in these regions, and climate shocks such as drought can make the job even more risky, engendering cycles of poverty. Moreover, the high risks associated with farming often discourage investment, which in turn reduces agricultural output and farmers’ income. And risk may worsen with climate change, if the change leads to more frequent droughts.
- Nov 26, 2014
Food security and R&D spending
As the world’s population continues to expand, ensuring that food production can meet the growing demand is an ever-mounting challenge. Climate change, soil degradation, and volatile food prices further threaten food security at a time when increasing agricultural output is paramount.
- Nov 24, 2014
- Nov 20, 2014
IFPRI Director General's statement from Second International Conference on Nutrition
- Nov 17, 2014
First-ever Global Nutrition Report calls for greater accountability and action for combatting global malnutrition
Malnutrition affects one in two people on the planet. 165 million children under the age of five suffer from stunting, while two billion people are deficient in one or more essential micronutrients, such as vitamin A, zinc, and iron. Meanwhile, 1.5 billion people are classified as overweight or obese. The costs of failing to address malnutrition are tragically high: premature death, stressed health systems, and a severe drag on economic progress.
- Nov 11, 2014
- Nov 10, 2014
Top musicians unite to promote biofortified beans via new music video
Nearly 40 percent of children in Rwanda do not consume enough iron, which can have long-term consequences, including lower learning capacities, resistance to disease, and diminished energy levels. However, a new biofortified bean variety containing 15 percent more iron than traditional beans is offering hope for addressing the problem. More than 700,000 Rwandan farmers have already started growing the new iron beans since they were introduced in 2011.
- Nov 6, 2014
Vitamin A, iodine, iron, zinc and folate deficiencies affect billions of children. How can the quality of food be improved?
- Nov 4, 2014
In a variable and changing climate, information may be the key to unlocking successful adaptation strategies. How can millions of farmers access climate information services that support adaptation to climate variability and change?