• Jul 17, 2014

    Is volatility contagious?

    Price volatility transmission in agricultural commodity markets

    Food price volatility can present problems for an array of stakeholders, including countries managing their export portfolios, commodity traders, and especially farmers, as unpredictable prices may result in variable income and food insecurity.

  • Jul 14, 2014

    Standards of care

    Improving trust in healthcare services in India

    The following story was originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal.

    Quality healthcare plays a crucial role in improving the lives of the poor. In many developing countries, however, high-quality healthcare can be hard to come by.

  • Jul 10, 2014

    Generation gap

    Early childhood exposure to famine and its impacts on future generations

    Though the effects of famine can extend beyond a single generation, researchers have found that by and large, humans are surprisingly resilient in the face of such extreme nutrition shocks.

  • Jul 3, 2014

    Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) Conference focuses on growth, trade in Africa

    The following is a slightly modified version of a story that was originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal.

    The last ten years have witnessed incredible economic and agricultural growth in Africa. Between 2000 and 2010, the continent was home to six of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world.

    However, can this growth continue in a sustainable, inclusive way?

  • Jul 1, 2014

    Introducing Yemen Spatial

    A tool to help the country reach its food security goals

    Yemen ranks among the ten most food-insecure countries globally and has child malnutrition rates of nearly sixty percent, the highest in the Arab World. These two figures underscore the country’s future social and economic development challenges.

  • Jun 30, 2014

    Mapping ways to help African agriculture

    New atlas offers geospatial data resources and insights into obstacles and opportunities

    Although Africa possesses nearly half of the world’s uncultivated arable land area, the prospect of expanding agricultural production into these zones carries significant environmental risks and is not viewed by many experts as a viable solution to the region’s myriad food security challenges.

  • Jun 27, 2014

    Women hold the key to better nutrition through biofortification

    Vitamin A deficiency is a widespread public health concern, particularly for children in the developing world. A lack of vitamin A in the diet can lead to stunted physical and mental development, heighten susceptibility to disease, and even result in blindness and death. In recent years, researchers have turned to biofortification—breeding higher levels of essential nutrients into staple crops—as a means of combatting micronutrient malnutrition. However, the success of this intervention depends upon the willingness of households to adopt the new, higher-nutrient varieties.

  • Jun 19, 2014

    A world without hunger

    IFPRI and German partners discuss steps during Berlin launch of Global Food Policy Report

    At the recent Berlin launch of IFPRI’s Global Food Policy Report, IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan said eradicating hunger by 2025 is an important ethical and economic goal—and one that can be achieved.

  • Jun 18, 2014

    Beyond 1000 Days

    New study shows that growth faltering in children continues after two years of age

    The following story was originally published on the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) blog.

  • Jun 17, 2014

    ‘Let’s climate proof it’

    The UN celebrates World Day to Combat Desertification

    As the impacts of our changing climate materialize and intensify, developing countries—and poor people who inhabit them—will be impacted first and to the greatest degree. Land degradation, desertification, and a dwindling global water supply pose substantial threats to livelihoods as well as food and national security.