2011 Global Food Policy Report

To develop and implement effective food policies, decisionmakers need resources, institutional capacity, political will, solid evidence, and timely information, among other things. As part of IFPRI’s mission to find sustainable ways to reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition, the Institute develops and shares global public goods, including tools and indicators intended to help decisionmakers address real-life questions—ranging from models and networks to datasets and indexes. The tools include interactive ways to measure or conceptualize data; the indicators are standardized measurements that signify thresholds for certain aspects of development. While the content that can be extracted from these knowledge products is useful in and of itself, its practical purposes are enhanced and better understood by the various online networks that IFPRI co-facilitates that connect users to each other and provide a platform for discussion. These resources also provide benchmarks for monitoring and evaluating policies and programs to assess what works, what doesn’t, and where improvements can be made.