- Feb 12, 2013
Machines can do wonders for productivity, driving down the cost production and, ultimately, the consumer’s price for a given product.
- Feb 11, 2013
IFPRI’s Mark Rosegrant Remembers Robert E. Evenson, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Yale University
Bob Evenson died on February 2, 2013. Bob was one of three main mentors in my career, and probably the most influential, even though I never took a course from him. Writing a paper with him amounted to a full-scale seminar.
- Feb 8, 2013
International Consultation Highlights Need for Better Data, Information
While food price volatility has decreased since 2010, price spikes and unpredictable markets remain a significant threat to global food security. The uncertainty that stems from price volatility can cut into farmers’ profits and discourage long-term planning and investment, decreasing agricultural productivity. In turn, smaller harvests and lower food stocks can lead to further price increases and decreased availability of food, particularly for already vulnerable populations. But what is behind price volatility, and what can be done to control it?
- Feb 7, 2013
Climate change could cause the production of irrigated and rainfed staple crops to drop by 25 percent compared to a no-climate change scenario in 2050 in the Asia Pacific region. IFPRI Senior Research Fellow Mark Rosegrant shared this and other findings at a conference in Sydney this week.
- Feb 6, 2013
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton vacated her post at the State Department last week. She may be gone, but her legacy will not be forgotten. The development community will remember her unwavering commitment to raising the profile of hunger and poverty in the developing world as well as in the United States.
- Feb 4, 2013by IFPRI
Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa has been appointed Office Head for IFPRI’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Over the last 15 years, he has worked with national and international research organizations and has been actively involved in food and agricultural policy both as a researcher and a practitioner.
- Feb 1, 2013by IFPRI
Despite rapid economic growth in South Asia, its rates of child undernutrition remain the highest in the world, with nearly half of children stunted or underweight. Progress to reduce these rates is extremely slow. Ironically, most people in the region make their living from farming, which researchers say, offers great potential for improving nutrition.
- Jan 31, 2013by Josh Heard
Historically, African countries rich in natural resources have hinged their economic prosperity on the export of global commodities, and, as such, their economies fluctuate with the rise and fall of global commodity prices. Just look back to the tumultuous boom-and-bust cycle seen during the oil and food crisis of the 1970s: short-lived prosperity followed by financial woe.
- Jan 25, 2013by IFPRI
Dr. Montague Yudelman, an influential leader in agricultural development, died on January 22, 2013.
Yudelman (known as “Monty” to his friends and colleagues) was, in the words of IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan, “truly a giant in our profession.”
Yudelman’s experience growing up on a family farm in South Africa sparked an active engagement in agricultural development that lasted more than 50 years. His distinguished career included positions at the Population Reference Bureau, the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank, the World Resources Institute, and the World Wildlife Fund.
- Jan 25, 2013
Experts urge governments, policymakers to create more favorable climate for farmer investments
One tends to think of farmers, especially low-income smallholder farmers, as the recipients of public investment for agriculture. At an IFPRI event earlier this week, a panel of experts turned that perspective around, pointing to research that showed farmers themselves as the largest, most important, investors in agriculture. The question remains, then, how can development organizations help farmers raise the quality of their investments?