Media Briefings

Dec 16, 2013

Major economic models on climate change and agriculture point in same direction, but differ on magnitude of effects

Climate change will alter future weather and change crop and animal productivity. But economic models differ on the magnitude of these changes, according to the world’s lead economic modelers. Estimates on both the direction and magnitude are crucial to address world food security issues at global, regional, and national levels. Outputs from climate, crop and economic models are central to understanding the range of possible outcomes.

Dec 9, 2013
by IFPRI

Coping With Climate Change in East Africa

Population growth in East Africa is among the highest in the world and could worsen food insecurity, which is already severe. Arable areas in the region are under severe pressure to increase their productivity to feed a rapidly increasing human population. Climate change could exacerbate the…

Dec 9, 2013

Climate Change and Agriculture in East Africa

December 9, 2013, Bujumbura, Burundi—Population growth in East Africa is among the highest in the world and could worsen food insecurity, which is already severe. Arable areas in the region are under severe pressure to increase their productivity to feed a rapidly increasing human population. Climate change could exacerbate the situation; adaptation is essential for sustained economic growth in the East Africa. This is the challenge facing policymakers, who must plan for the future without available information and analysis.

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Sarah Immenschuh, s.immenschuh@cgiar.org, +1 202 862-5679

Nov 12, 2013

CAADP 10 Years Out: How Have Countries Fared in Agricultural Development?

November 12, 2013, Dakar, Senegal—It has been 10 years since African heads of state and government pledged to allocate 10 percent of their national budgets to the agricultural sector as part of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). The commitment, also known as the Maputo Declaration Target, rallied African governments to increase spending in the sector to stimulate agricultural growth, reduce poverty, and build food and nutrition security.

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Sarah Immenschuh, s.immenschuh@cgiar.org, +1 (202) 862-5679
Hawa Diop, h.diop@cgiar.org, +221 33 869 98 32 or +221 77 515 08 12

Oct 14, 2013
by IFPRI

2013 Global Hunger Index Press Briefing

The 2013 Global Hunger Index (GHI), released for the eighth year by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide, calls for greater resilience-building efforts to boost food and nutrition security.

Oct 14, 2013

Global Hunger Index Calls for Greater Resilience-Building Efforts to Boost Food and Nutrition Security

October 14, 2013, Washington D.C.—The developing world is becoming more vulnerable to a variety of shocks and stressors, from extreme weather events, climate change and environmental degradation to population pressures, macroeconomic crises, conflict, and poor governance. The traditional approach to dealing with shocks is temporary infusions of aid, with separate development efforts focused on mitigating stresses and making people less vulnerable in the longer run.

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Sarah Immenschuh, s.immenschuh@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

Sep 27, 2013

Asian Fusion: New Thinking and Actions for Improving Food and Nutrition Security in Asia

September 27, 2013, SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – Country experience shared at a recent conference showed that fertilizer subsidies can have huge costs, crowding out public expenditures on agricultural research, extension, rural roads and other expenditures that promote agricultural development. The private sector is often more efficient in delivery of fertilizer to farmers.

Sep 16, 2013

Report: Climate change to shift Kenya’s breadbaskets

Study presented during national climate and agriculture meeting finds Kenyan farmers can thrive despite changing growing conditions

NAIVASHA, KENYA (16 SEPTEMBER 2013)—Kenyan farmers and agriculture officials need to prepare for a possible geographic shift in maize production as climate change threatens to make some areas of the country much less productive for cultivation while simultaneously making others more maize-friendly, according to a new report prepared by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA).

Contact Information: 

Michelle Geis at +254 711 326 770 or mgeis@burnesscommunications.com

Vanessa Meadu at +44 777 2195317 or v.meadu@cgiar.org

Vivian Atakos at +254 720 924 757 or v.atakos@cgiar.org

Sep 3, 2013
by IFPRI

Coping With Climate Change in Southern Africa

The southern region of Africa could be the hardest hit by rising temperatures from climate change, leaving many to wonder what this means for agriculture. Will some areas become unsuitable for farming? Will farmers face lower yields, or turn to new crops? Will climate change threaten food security…

Sep 3, 2013

Climate Change and Agriculture in Southern Africa

New book helps region understand what might be in store and what to do about it

September 3, 2013, Maseru, Lesotho—

The southern region of Africa could be the hardest hit by rising temperatures from climate change, leaving many to wonder what this means for agriculture. Will some areas become unsuitable for farming? Will farmers face lower yields, or turn to new crops? Will climate change threaten food security? These are challenging questions for policymakers, who must plan for the future without available information and analysis.

Contact Information: 

Sarah Immenschuh (IFPRI)
s.immenschuh@cgiar.org
Tel: +1 202-862-5679