Throughout 2011, IFPRI’s researchers, staff members, and Board members worked collaboratively to develop proposals for two major multi-year research programs on some of the most pressing problems facing the global food system. These programs, which evolved from the reform of the former Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), were successfully launched by IFPRI in January 2012.
The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets was developed to identify ways to enable rural smallholder producers, including women, to increase their incomes through enhanced production and technology policies, improved linkages to markets, and more equitable access to services and assets. Failures related to policies, institutions, and markets are a major impediment to increasing agricultural growth in the developing world, where a majority of people depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. The program will produce a body of knowledge that decisionmakers can use to shape policies and institutions that will reduce poverty and promote sustainable rural development.
The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health aims to improve the nutrition and health of poor people by facilitating more work across the agriculture, nutrition, and health sectors worldwide. The research is focused in four key areas: value chains; biofortification; control of agriculture-associated diseases; and integrated agriculture, nutrition, and health development programs and policies.