- Dec 2, 2013
Input Subsides in Africa South of the Sahara
Input subsidy programs—a mainstay of 1960s and 1970s international donor agendas—have regained favor in Africa south of the Sahara in recent years. Although 10 African countries spent more than $1 billion on these programs in 2011 alone, little information exists on the impacts the programs are having on households and communities.
- Nov 27, 2013
This week, European development practitioners, partners, and stakeholders worldwide have gathered at the 8th annual European Development Days in Brussels with an eye toward improving development coordination and aid effectiveness in 2015 and beyond.
- Nov 26, 2013
Why Childhood Nutrition Programs Are Good for the Economy
If you learned that a $1 investment in your child’s nutritional intake during infancy would ultimately net an $18 return, would you make the investment? Yes, if you had the means, it’s likely you would. It’s a win-win: healthier child, healthier bank account.
- Nov 21, 2013
Latest Issue Highlights Food Policy Research from Around the Globe
The latest issue of IFPRI Insights sheds light on how IFPRI researchers are tackling the big questions related to food policy, from farm to table to the global marketplace. Composed of articles, interviews, and infographics, the November 2013 issue touches on nutrition, migration, US farm policy, economic data, water policy, and weather insurance, among other things.
- Nov 20, 2013
The following is an excerpt of a story originally published on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) website.
The good and the bad will not balance each other out. We need to prepare for the ugly.
It’s not often you hear the words good and climate change in one sentence. But some areas of Africa will actually become better for agriculture if climate change trends continue as expected. Of course, the key word in that sentence is some. Others will become worse.
- Nov 15, 2013
Properly functioning markets play a key role in improving the economic well-being of poor populations. But a recent IFPRI event highlighted how markets can do even more, reaching beyond economics to have an important impact on health outcomes.
- Nov 13, 2013
The following story was originally published on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) website.
A comprehensive book series by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has investigated the impact of climate change on African agriculture and food security. The final chapter on East Africa will be exclusively released at an upcoming session at the Global Landscapes Forum.
- Nov 11, 2013
What Type of Assistance is Most Effective in Reducing Hunger?
IFPRI and others have extensively evaluated social safety net programs in developing countries that provide recipients with cash, food, or vouchers, but there have been almost no evaluations of how those transfers stack up when compared against each other. A new study by IFPRI and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) assesses the impact of these intervention types—and also the most cost-effective ways of delivering those transfers. The findings were presented at a recent seminar at IFPRI’s main office in Washington, DC.
- Nov 8, 2013
The following post by Kate Langford is an excerpted version of a story originally published on the World Agroforestry Centre’s News and Events site.
In the scientific world where publications are of paramount importance, CGIAR scientists are proposing a shift where data methods and ideas – the real currency of good research and scientific knowledge –are recognized for their ability to accelerate impact, not just high impact publications.
- Nov 5, 2013
Newly Updated Public Expenditure Database Places Global Public Investment under Microscope
Public resources are limited and determining how to best allocate finite funds to achieve the greatest impact on poverty reduction and economic development requires credible public expenditure data. However, due to a lack of systematic collection and tabling as well as an absence of guidelines to link different types of expenditures, this type of data has been scarce and inconsistent.