Media Briefings

May 26, 2015

The Middle East and North Africa must increase investment in agricultural R&D to feed a growing population

May 26, 2015, Washington, D.C. -- Many countries in the Middle East and North Africa will have to double, triple, or even quadruple their investment in agricultural research and development to meet the targets recommended by the United Nations, according to new research findings by the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Contact Information: 

Deborah Horan
d.horan@cgiar.org
+1 (202) 627-4310

May 18, 2015

Iron-rich Pearl Millet Reverses Iron Deficiency in Children

May 18, 2015, Washington D.C.–A new study has found that pearl millet bred to be richer in iron was able to reverse iron deficiency in school-aged Indian children in six months. In just four months, iron levels improved significantly.

Previously, the same iron-rich pearl millet had been shown to provide iron-deficient Indian children under the age of three with enough iron to meet their daily needs, and adult women in Benin with more than 70 percent of their daily needs.  

Contact Information: 

Vidushi Sinha
v.s.vidushi@cgiar.org
Tel: +1 202-862-4686

May 13, 2015

Can China’s new agricultural strategies boost food and nutrition security?

Focus is now on international trade, food safety, and farmers’ rights

May 13, 2015, Beijing—China is a rising economic powerhouse that is simultaneously home to roughly 82.5 million impoverished people, many of whom are undernourished. New agricultural strategies that seek to shift away from food self-sufficiency and toward heavier reliance on international trade and stronger farmers’ property rights, could have a positive impact on the country’s ability to feed itself.

Contact Information: 

Deborah Horan
d.horan@cgiar.org
+1 (202) 627-4310

Xinyuan Shang
x.shang@cgiar.org
+86 18057010798

May 11, 2015

Launch of the Food Security Portal for Central America

May 11, 2015, Washington, D.C. – Today, IFPRI is launching a new Spanish-language web portal that focuses on food and nutrition security in Central America. The objective of the portal is to provide a set of indicators on food and nutrition security and early warning mechanisms as well as opportunities for dialogue among policymakers, researchers, the private sector and others seeking to increase the resilience of the world’s poor to possible food-related crises, including price and climate shocks.

Contact Information: 

Deborah Horan
d.horan@cgiar.org
+1 (202) 627-4310

May 4, 2015

What can be done about food and nutrition insecurity in the Arab World?

Indicators underscore serious challenges to food and nutrition security in the region

Manama, Bahrain, May 5, 2015—Child stunting, a result of malnutrition, is a larger problem than gross domestic product would suggest in nine Arab countries, while the Arab region as a whole imports more than 50 percent of its population’s daily caloric intake.

Contact Information: 

Deborah Horan
d.horan@cgiar.org
+1 (202) 627-4310

Mariam Hassanien
marriam.hassanien@fao.org

Abeer Etefa
abeer.etefa@wfp.org

Apr 28, 2015

Ensuring Food Security in the Wake of the Earthquake in Nepal

by Shenggen Fan
Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
April 28, 2015 –Washington, D.C.

Contact Information: 

Deborah Horan
d.horan@cgiar.org
+1 202-627-4310

Apr 27, 2015

Website Focusing on Food Security in Middle East Now in Arabic

Interactive site provides information on hunger, economic data, policies, and more

April 27, 2015, Amman, Jordan—A new website launched today provides comprehensive snapshots of food and nutrition security and other key data points for 22 Arab countries across the Middle East and North Africa, and for the first time will be available in Arabic in addition to English.

Contact Information: 

Deborah Horan
d.horan@cgiar.org
+1 (202) 627-4310

Apr 8, 2015

New global crop data aid in food policy decisions

Interactive website shows production of 42 crops at ten kilometer resolution

April 8, 2015, Washington, DC—Knowing where in the world individual crops are cultivated, their production patterns, and whether they are irrigated or rain fed are essential components for ensuring adequate, sustainable food production and safeguarding food security.

Yet this critical data is often inadequate or non-existent, leaving policymakers unable to formulate the best policies to help farmers improve yields, access subsidized fertilizers, and get their products to markets.

Contact Information: 

Deborah Horan
d.horan@cgiar.org
 202-627-4310

Katherine Leitzell
leitzell@iiasa.ac.at
 +43(0)2236-807-316

Apr 2, 2015

UCA and IFPRI Launch Kyrgyzstan Spatial

An Online, Interactive Atlas Promoting Food Security and Development

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, April 2, 2015 – The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have launched a new online platform that will help policymakers target areas of the country most vulnerable to food insecurity.

Contact Information: 

Nisar Keshvani
Head of Communications and Marketing
University of Central Asia
Mobile: +996 (0) 770 822 851
Email: nisar.keshvani@ucentralasia.org

Deborah Horan
Senior Media Relations Specialist
International Food Policy Research Institute
Phone: +1 (202) 627-4310
Email: d.horan@cgiar.org

Mar 19, 2015

Statement by Shenggen Fan on World Water Day

by Shenggen Fan
Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
March 22, 2014 –Washington, D.C.

Contact Information: 

Deborah Horan, d.horan@cgiar.org, +1 202-627-4310