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