- Nov 16, 2012
It all comes down to power. That’s one major point from a new IFPRI issue brief that contends that collective action—when a group decides to act together to form a voluntary institution—and property rights have a strong and beneficial impact on a range of conditions faced by the world’s poor. Underlying power relations are often at the heart of policies and programs for the poor, but groups with less power, such as smallholder farmers, pastoralists, and women, can use collective action to negotiate with other stakeholders for rights and protections.
- Nov 9, 2012by IFPRI
The production of cocoa—the basis of chocolate—has been a pillar of Ghana’s well-documented economic success. In fact, Ghana is currently the second largest cocoa producer in the world. However, recent challenges are making Ghanaians nervous. The world wants chocolate more than ever, and global demand for cocoa is up, but dryer weather is causing Ghana’s production to decline.
- Nov 8, 2012by IFPRI
Experts at recent IFPRI Policy Seminar examine challenges ahead
In the aftermath of the “Arab Spring”—a series of demonstrations, protests, and wars that swept through the Arab world during 2010-2011 and toppled several governments in the region—many researchers identified rising food prices and the resulting food insecurity as underlying causes. Yet even after leadership changes in many countries, food price volatility, food insecurity, and undernutriton continue to threaten the region’s stability as well as the health and economic wellbeing of its citizens.
- Nov 7, 2012by IFPRI
If Bangladesh is to find a way out of poverty and poor nutrition, it needs timely and accurate information about the way its farmers are growing food, using water, accessing markets, and developing agricultural resources. Until now, such data was hard to come by. But this past weekend, IFPRI’s program in Bangladesh took a big step towards putting that crucial information in the hands of agricultural policymakers.
- Nov 2, 2012by IFPRI
The resort of Punta del Este in Uruguay, South America is famous for beautiful beaches and elegant casinos. This week, however, it became known for another reason: the world’s top researchers, thought leaders, and stakeholders are gathering there for the second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD), to find ways together to best address the growing needs of resource-poor smallholder farmers.
- Oct 26, 2012
A New Proposal Would Limit EU Biofuel Mandates
As temperatures rose and crops withered throughout the US in July and August, the country’s corn ethanol subsidies came under fire. And the US is not alone. The use of food crops, such as maize, soybeans, and sugar beets, as fuel continues to generate heated debate throughout both the developed and the developing world. Proponents tout biofuels as an important renewable energy source, one that can decrease the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, increase farm revenues, and improve the environmental sustainability of the world’s industrial and transportation sectors.
- Oct 24, 2012by IFPRI
Lays out clear plan to bring food security to world’s newest nation
Everything is new in the Republic of South Sudan, which by merit of having achieved independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, now ranks as the newest country in the world. So when Minister of Agriculture H.E. Dr. Betty Achan Ogwaro visited IFPRI earlier today to present a “new path forward” for agriculture and food security in her country, she was laying out the country’s first steps toward establishing an economically viable and sustainable agricultural system.
- Oct 22, 2012by IFPRI
Making knowledge freely available
IFPRI is committed to ensuring that the knowledge it generates is easily accessible. And what better time to spell out this commitment than Open Access Week , which runs from October 22-26, 2012? Check out IFPRI’s statement on Open Access, which outlines how making knowledge discoverable and available is critical for furthering IFPRI’s mission of finding sustainable solutions to reducing poverty and hunger.
- Oct 18, 2012by IFPRI
During the past year, IFPRI has been drafting a new institutional strategy. IFPRI’s draft strategy for 2013-2018 is intended to respond to changes in the food and agricultural policy landscape, as well as reinforce the Institute’s position as an evidence-based research organization that partners for impact. Among the strategy’s innovative elements are six research priorities that address the most critical food policy issues in the major regions where IFPRI carries out its work.
- Oct 16, 2012by IFPRI
16 October 2012 World Food Day
Undernutrition is the underlying cause of death for 2.6 million pre-school children every year—one-third of all child deaths in that age group. For those who survive, poor nutrition undermines school performance and later earning capacity. And still, with human and economic costs so high, the world has made little progress in slowing the rate of undernutrition.