- May 20, 2014
Imagine agriculture in India as a high-tech, highly mechanized venture. Picture a rice farmer taking soil samples with a handheld meter to gauge nutrient and moisture needs, calibrating planting along plot contours with GPS-guided tools, placing rice in precise rows using a mechanical transplanter, and doing this with the backing of reliable, customized financing. Now picture this farmer as a woman—because most of the men in her village have migrated to the cities in search of better opportunities.
- May 16, 2014
Highlights from the opening session of the 2020 Conference
“If the past is any guide, we will face a barrage of shocks, both natural and man‐made, in the coming years. In just the past five years, we have seen a major earthquake in Haiti; drought in the Horn of Africa; earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis in Japan; and conflicts that have left millions of people homeless, maimed, or dead. And let us not forget the food price spikes of 2008 that have made the global food system more volatile since then… The IPCC recently published a new report confirming that humans are causing climate change and warning of further shocks to come.”
- May 9, 2014
Reforestation and biofuels put food production at risk, sustainability should not be pursued at the expense of improving global nutrition
This blog story by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally posted on The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network.
- May 7, 2014
Africa south of the Sahara must invest in research and development (R&D) without delay if it wants to reduce poverty and food insecurity and meet the challenges of rapid population growth, climate change, and food price volatility.
- Apr 23, 2014
Cell phones can be a game-changer for rural farmers. What will it take to connect them?
A farmers’ success depends on more than good weather, healthy soil, and proper seeds. Good farming also involves a series of decisions: how much to plant each season, whether to invest in new crops, which markets to sell to. The right decisions can mean the difference between a profitable harvest and a net loss in farm income. Farmers make these decisions based on their knowledge of prevailing market prices, and supply and demand trends based on produce quality.
- Apr 4, 2014
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest Report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, is a reminder that swift and concrete actions are needed to avert the negative impacts of a changing climate.
- Apr 1, 2014
The following post by Asma Lateef, Director of Bread for the World Institute, is a modified version of a story that originally was published on the Bread for the World Institute’s blog.
- Mar 31, 2014
Note: A modified version of this story originally appeared on Dani Rodrik’s weblog on March 28, 2014.
- Mar 24, 2014
The following story was originally published on the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) website. ICARDA is a member of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers, supported by the CGIAR Fund.