Annual Report 2011

The New Delhi Office was involved in numerous projects and events throughout all of India and the entire South Asian region.

  • The rise of rural business hubs in commercial areas of India continues to improve rural services and agricultural value chains. In June 2011, IFPRI researchers presented findings from a related study to policy advisors on how these rural business hubs can continue to be catalysts for both rural competitiveness and inclusiveness throughout four locations in India.

  • In November 2011, TANDI (Tackling the Agriculture–Nutrition Disconnect in India), an IFPRI research program based in New Delhi, led a workshop to encourage stakeholders in agriculture and nutrition to take action by contributing to the country’s agriculture strategy (the Twelfth Five-Year Plan). IFPRI published a peer-reviewed document (Strengthening the Role of Agriculture for a Nutrition-Secure India) for policymakers, which recommended scaling up existing platforms and empowering women as a means to improve nutrition.

  • The Regional Strategy and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) expansion from Africa into South Asia unfolded in 2011, and ReSAKSS-Tajikistan began planning initial stocktaking exercises to assess where data on food and nutritional security were lacking.

  • Changes in India’s agrifood system have widespread implications for national and global markets, and, in a November 2011 policy dialogue held in Brussels, IFPRI researchers discussed India’s projected supply-and-demand of agricultural commodities through 2030. The IFPRI study evaluated the role that organized retailing plays in changing consumer-demand patterns and, subsequently, imports of exotic and processed commodities.