Media Briefings

Oct 7, 2014

Recent expansion of Africa’s agricultural trade bodes well for food security, resilience

October 8, 2014—Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—Africa’s share of world agricultural trade has increased in recent years after decades of decline, and trade among African countries has been on the rise. Both trends have boosted Africans’ ability to access food and distribute it to the neediest during hard times, according to a report released today at the annual Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Contact Information: 

Addis Tigabu, a.tigabu@cgiar.org, +251 (91) 1963570
Carol Jilombo, Jilomboc@africa-union.org

Sep 29, 2014

Agricultural Innovations can Help African Farmers Compete, Boost Food Security

September 29, 2014—Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire—Africa must embrace agricultural innovations to better compete in an evolving global bio-economy, according to findings from a new report issued by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Contact Information: 

Deborah Horan, IFPRI, d.horan@cgiar.org, +1-202-862-4310

Sep 22, 2014

Nollywood Premieres Star-studded Movies to Improve Nutrition across Nigeria

Abuja and Washington D.C., September 22, 2014 – Nigeria’s Nollywood’s top movie directors, in partnership with HarvestPlus, a global program to improve nutrition, have made four movies to entertain and inform Nigerians on how they can improve their diets and health. The movies will premiere during the 11th Abuja International Film Festival on September 24, 2014.

Jun 18, 2014

Farming on Big Wheels: What can Africa and Asia learn from each other?

18 June 2014, BEIJING, CHINA--A two-day international gathering has begun that centers on agricultural mechanization in Asia and Africa amid urbanization and economic growth.

Contact Information: 

Sarah Immenschuh Brawner, IFPRI
s.i.brawner@cgiar.org

Xiaofeng Gou, Peking University
xfgou@nsd.pku.edu.cn

May 16, 2014

Building Resilience Critical to End Hunger and Undernutrition by 2025

Global conference offers new research and commitments to address threat of rising shocks to global food system

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 16, 2014—According to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the post-2015 agenda should aim to end hunger by 2025—and can succeed by building resilience to various environmental, political and economic shocks that threaten food security and livelihoods.

Contact Information: 

Sarah Immenschuh Brawner, IFPRI
s.i.brawner@cgiar.org, +251 920 57 98 11

May 13, 2014

Building Resilience Tops Agenda at Global Conference in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 13, 2014—Poor countries and vulnerable people are facing a barrage of shocks: economic shocks such as volatile food prices and financial crises; environmental shocks and natural disasters such as droughts, floods, and earthquakes; food safety, diseases, and health shocks; and social and political shocks such as conflicts and violence that disrupt the food supply and threaten food and nutrition security.

Contact Information: 

Sarah Immenschuh Brawner, IFPRI
s.i.brawner@cgiar.org, +251 920 57 98 11

May 13, 2014
by IFPRI

IFPRI 2020 Conference

On May 15, more than 800 experts and practitioners from food, nutrition, health, agriculture, humanitarian, and related development sectors will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a three-day conference, “Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security,” to discuss how to incorporate resilience...

Apr 16, 2014

Global Policymakers Commit to Scaling-Up Nutritious Foods to Reach Millions

Washington D.C., April 16, 2014. Global policymakers, meeting in Kigali earlier this month at the 2nd Global Conference on Biofortification, committed to making biofortified nutritious foods more widely available in order to improve nutrition and health for millions of people around the world.

Contact Information: 

Vidushi Sinha, HarvestPlus, v.s.vidushi@cgiar.org Tel: +1 703-505-7438

Apr 7, 2014

From Transition to Transformation: Food Security in Central Asia

April 7, 2014, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan—
A conference organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the University of Central Asia (UCA) to be held from April 8-9 will explore how Central Asian countries can best meet the needs of present and future populations for adequate access to nutritious and safe foods and improve food and nutrition security.

Contact Information: 

Sarah Brawner, IFPRI, s.i.brawner@cgiar.org

Saule Chalbasova, UCA, saule.chalbasova@ucentralasia.org

Nazgul Abdrazakova, UCA, nazgul.abdrazakova@ucentralasia.org

Mar 27, 2014

Policymakers to Meet in Kigali on Getting Nutritious Foods to People

Washington D.C., March 27, 2014. On March 31, more than 275 high-level stakeholders from government, business and civil society will converge in Kigali, Rwanda, for a three-day consultation on ‘Getting Nutritious Foods to People.’

Nearly one in three people globally suffers from a lack of essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, zinc and iron in the diet. This condition – known as hidden hunger – increases the risk of stunting, anemia, blindness, infectious diseases, and even death. Women and children are especially vulnerable.

Contact Information: 

Vidushi Sinha, HarvestPlus, v.s.vidushi@cgiar.org
Tel: +1 202-862-4686, +250-788-386198