Media Briefings

Nov 27, 2012

Increase in agricultural research spending in Pakistan is needed

November 27, 2012, Islamabad, Pakistan—The agricultural sector in Pakistan plays a vital role in the nation’s food security and it employs half the country's labor force. Population in Pakistan is expected to nearly double by 2050. In order to feed the growing population and address other pressing challenges, such as adaptation to climate change and rising and volatile food prices, it is crucial that agricultural productivity is increased.

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

Oct 25, 2012

Agricultural R&D Spending on the Rise, but Low-Income Countries Continue to Lag Behind

Washington D.C.—Global challenges, including the recent food and financial crises and climate change, highlight the need for continued and scaled-up investments in agricultural research and development (R&D).

The report ASTI Global Assessment of Agricultural R&D Spending, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators initiative (ASTI) and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), reveals trends in R&D spending from 1981 to 2008.

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

Oct 23, 2012
by IFPRI

Global Trends in Agricultural R&D Spending

Global challenges, including the recent food and financial crises and climate change, highlight the need for continued and scaled-up investments in agricultural research and development (RD).

The report ASTI Global Assessment of Agricultural RD Spending, published by the International Food...

Oct 11, 2012
by IFPRI

2012 Global Hunger Index Press Briefing

Unsustainable use of land, water, and energy is threatening the food security of the poorest and most vulnerable around the world, according to the 2012 Global Hunger Index, released for the seventh year by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe, and Concern...

Oct 11, 2012

Hunger in Times of Land, Water, and Energy Pressures

Washington, D.C.—Unsustainable use of land, water, and energy is threatening the food security of the poorest and most vulnerable around the world, according to the 2012 Global Hunger Index, released for the seventh year by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide.

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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

Aug 6, 2012
by IFPRI

Effectively Responding to the Drought in the United States Can Prevent another Global Food Crisis

IFPRI Director General, Shenggen Fan, underscores effectively responding to the most severe and extensive drought in the United States due to below-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures can prevent another global food crisis.

Aug 6, 2012

Effectively Responding to the Drought in the United States Can Prevent another Global Food Crisis

Press Statement
by Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
August 06, 2012

Below-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures have contributed to the most severe and extensive drought in the United States since the 1950s. Spanning over half the country, the severity of drought conditions increased dramatically since early July, adversely affecting the production of maize (yellow corn) and soybeans, driving up agricultural prices, and increasing the volatility of those prices to excessive levels.

Jul 23, 2012
by IFPRI

New Tool to Reduce Gaps in Information on Global Commodity Prices

A new tool by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) developed in collaboration with Sophic Systems Alliance Inc. (Sophic IntelligenceTM), analyzes daily media coverage to examine the extent to which current expectations regarding food prices, agricultural markets, and food stocks…

Jul 23, 2012

The Media and Food Prices: New Tool to Reduce Gaps in Information on Global Commodity Prices

July 23, 2012—Short- and long-term factors—such as climate change, the growth of commodities futures markets, and changing levels of grain stocks—contribute to rising food prices. A new tool by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) developed in collaboration with Sophic Systems Alliance Inc.® (Sophic Intelligence TM), analyzes daily media coverage to examine the extent to which current expectations regarding food prices, agricultural markets, and food stocks may also impact food prices and increase price volatility.

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

Jun 26, 2012

Workshop to Examine Agricultural Extension System and Agricultural Productivity in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, June 26, 2012—Endowed with 80 million hectares of arable land, diverse climatic conditions, and abundant water resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the potential to become the breadbasket of the entire African continent. Yet, despite its agricultural and economic potential, it continues to have the highest level of hunger according to the Global Hunger Index. The agriculture sector in DRC is undergoing major transformation as it addresses challenges and emerging issues that affect food security in the country.

Contact Information: 

Plate-Forme Communication et Information du Ministère de l’Agriculture, Secrétariat Général,
hubert_ali@yahoo.fr, 0991654846

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