- Jan 23, 2013by IFPRI
The future of agriculture and water laid out at Dublin conference
Today, about one billion of the world’s citizens go to bed hungry each night; malnutrition kills a child every 8 seconds. These are unacceptable statistics, but imagine the world in 2050 if such trends continue unchecked. At a recent conference in Dublin, “Feeding the World in 2050”, participants were asked to envision a better future, and what it would take to get there.
- Jan 18, 2013by Josh Heard
Governments looking to deploy social protection programs that combat hunger and poverty want a no-nonsense description of their options and a way to compare each program’s cost and impact. Policymakers and economists have long debated whether it is more effective and cost efficient to give poor and hungry people food or cash.
- Jan 16, 2013
Policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders are gathering today in Dhaka, Bangladesh to discuss the country’s food security in at the workshop “The Feed the Future Zone and the Rest of Bangladesh: A Comparison of Food Security Aspects.” The workshop is organized by IFPRI and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
- Jan 14, 2013by IFPRI
Video interview with South Sudan’s Minister of Agriculture pins hope on food security
Dr. Betty Achan Ogwaro was interviewed during a visit to IFPRI in October 2012
“A hungry nation is an angry nation. A hungry house is an angry house…” Those words by Dr. Betty Achan Ogwaro, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Development of the newly formed Republic of South Sudan, set the tone for a candid video interview she gave during a recent visit to IFPRI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.
- Jan 10, 2013
Ethiopians have a saying: “Little by little, the egg begins to walk.” This is certainly true of step-by-step progress towards gender equality on the African continent. Sometimes, however, that little egg gets a boost when seemingly unrelated policy reforms act together to reinforce and strengthen their impact on women’s empowerment.
- Dec 20, 2012by IFPRI
Should I buy packaged goods, or bulk? Generic or name brand? The questions long-faced by consumers at pharmacies and grocery stores are now being asked at farmers’ markets in the developing world as wholesalers and merchants try to profit with brand-name, glossy-packaged agricultural products. So the question IFPRI researchers are asking is: How does the branding trend affect farmers and consumers?
- Dec 12, 2012
Cross-posted from the Food Security Portal's Food for Thought blog
Asia is home to more than two-thirds of the world's poor and hungry. And as populations around the world continue to grow, the region's most vulnerable people will be faced with even greater challenges in the coming decades. Climate change and unsustainable resource use are likely to impede agricultural productivity, exacerbating already high and volatile food prices and presenting significant barriers to poor populations' access to affordable food supplies. But the news is not all bad.
- Dec 12, 2012
The US government is “doubling down” on hunger and food security in the new presidential term, with a major focus on scaling up proven agricultural technologies to reach as many people as possible – and it would like the help of the international agricultural research community.
That was a key message by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah when he spoke at IFPRI last Friday.
- Dec 10, 2012
3ie-IFPRI Seminar Series Continues
The fifth International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and IFPRI Impact Evaluation Seminar will be webcast live on December 13 at 12:30 EST. Andrew Zeitlin of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute will speak about lessons learned from a study of fertilizer use among cocoa farmers in Ghana.