Media Briefings

Mar 18, 2015
by IFPRI

IFPRI Launches 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report

Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico may be rising economic powerhouses, but these five fast-growing, middle income countries are still home to nearly half of the world’s hungry, or 363 million people.

That is why we must also pay attention to those living in the “economic middle” as part...

Feb 20, 2015

To Bring Green Revolution to Africa, Countries Must Develop New Technologies

The blind adoption of solutions from other continents won’t work for Africa

Feb. 18, 2015, Washington, D.C.—African countries cannot blindly adopt food policy initiatives that spurred the Green Revolution in Asia as a way to promote agricultural development, according to new award-winning findings by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute.

The research, which focused on Ghana and was originally published in the journal Food Policy, suggests that Africa must instead develop new technologies to improve the output of tree and root crops that are abundant in the region and to reduce the need for manual labor.

Contact Information: 

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

Jan 16, 2015

Food and Nutrition Security Must Be Part of the Conversation at the World Economic Forum in Davos

by Shenggen Fan
Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Jan. 16, 2015, Davos, Switzerland—Food security and nutrition are foundations of human and economic well-being. Without them, people experience poor health outcomes that lead to low productivity and stymied economic growth at the national level. The effects of food insecurity go beyond human and economic well-being: Research shows that food insecurity is a key trigger for political unrest.

Contact Information: 

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

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