Media Briefings

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,, +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,, +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,, +1 202-596-4411
Sarah Brawner,, +1 (202) 862-5679
Paul O’Mahony,, +353 1 4491309
Simone Pott,, +49 0 228 22 88 132

Oct 13, 2014

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.

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,, +251 (91) 1963570
Carol Jilombo,

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,, +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

Xiaofeng Gou, Peking University

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, +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, +251 920 57 98 11