Media Briefings

Dec 8, 2014

The return on investment in nutrition is high. So why do so many governments fail to adequately invest in it?

Please join us for high-level discussions on strategies for action on nutrition

Dec. 8, 2014, Washington D.C.--On average, for every dollar that governments around the globe invest in nutrition to reduce stunting, they see a return of 16 times as much--and the return on investment for some countries is much higher: In Sri Lanka, for instance, it is 56 times as much; in South Africa, it’s 53 times the initial investment.

Contact Information: 

Deborah Horan d.horan@cgiar.org 202-627-4310
Adrianna Logalbo, adrianna@thousanddays.org, 617-694-7961

Dec 1, 2014

IFPRI researchers contribute to the Lima Climate Change Conference in Peru

Women farmers need equal access to assets, technology for “climate-smart agriculture”

New tool helps governments evaluate trade-offs in agricultural emissions

December 1, 2014, Lima, Peru—IFPRI researchers will present findings of a new series of policy notes on women farmers’ ability to adapt to climate change and contribute to a workshop on the economic viability of climate change mitigation policies at the annual climate conference known as COP 20.

Contact Information: 

Nilar Chit Tun, n.chittun@cgiar.org, +1 (202) 627-4396
Deborah Horan d.horan@cgiar.org, +1 (202) 627-4310

Nov 26, 2014

African countries south of the Sahara must double investment in agricultural R&D, report finds

New report analyzes trends in investments and human resource capacity in African agricultural R&D; New online tools enable cross-country comparisons and rankings of key R&D indicators

Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 November, 2014 – African countries south of the Sahara will need to double their investment in agricultural research and development if ambitious United Nations and African Union targets are to be achieved, according to a new report issued by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Contact Information: 

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

Nov 26, 2014
by IFPRI

Agricultural R&D capacity in Africa South of the Sahara

African countries south of the Sahara will need to double their investment in agricultural research and development if ambitious United Nations and African Union targets are to be achieved, according to a new report issued by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI

Nov 13, 2014

First-ever Global Nutrition Report provides comprehensive narrative on levels of malnutrition across the world

Report includes 193 country profiles

November 13, 2014, London—A consortium of nations, organizations, researchers, and academics has released the first-ever comprehensive narrative on global health and country-level progress toward reducing malnutrition across the globe.

Contact Information: 

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

Nov 13, 2014
by IFPRI

Global Nutrition Report Launched

A consortium of nations, organizations, researchers, and academics has released the first-ever comprehensive narrative on global health and country-level progress toward reducing malnutrition across the globe.

Oct 29, 2014

Leadership and action across sectors are essential to improve nutrition in India

October 29, 2014, New Delhi— India is making progress against undernutrition, as seen in the 2014 Global Hunger Index recently released by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Yet one-third of Indian women and children under five remain underweight. Micronutrient deficiencies are common, and not just among the poor. To combat these grim statistics, and ensure that poor nutrition does not hold back human and economic development, India’s central and state governments must coordinate and accelerate efforts to tackle the causes of malnutrition and hunger.

Contact Information: 

Vaishali Dassani, IFPRI, v.dassani@cgiar.org, +91 981 002 0635

Oct 21, 2014

Preventing an Ebola-related Food Crisis

by Shenggen Fan
Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
October 21, 2014 –Washington, D.C.

While the health impacts of Ebola are devastating, this recent outbreak is triggering a food crisis that may persist for decades, posing significant challenges not just for food security in West Africa, but also for future economic growth. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone were already experiencing food security issues before the outbreak, and undernourishment has long been a problem. Now, schools in these countries have closed, shutting down critical feeding programs for children.

Contact Information: 

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

Oct 13, 2014

Two billion people suffering from hidden hunger according to 2014 Global Hunger Index, even as levels of hunger in many developing countries decrease

Report says food quality is equally important as quantity

October 13, 2014, Washington D.C.—A staggering 2 billion people get so little essential vitamins and minerals from the foods they eat that they remain undernourished, according to the 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI) being released today by the International Food Policy Research Institute, Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide.

Contact Information: 

Deborah Horan, d.horan@cgiar.org, +1 202-596-4411
Sarah Brawner, s.i.brawner@cgiar.org, +1 (202) 862-5679
Paul O’Mahony, paul.omahony@concern.net, +353 1 4491309
Simone Pott, simone.pott@welthungerhilfe.de, +49 0 228 22 88 132

Oct 13, 2014
by IFPRI

2014 Global Hunger Index Press Briefing

The 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI), released for the ninth year by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide, examines “hidden hunger”— often hard to detect, but potentially devastating.