Media Briefings

Jun 5, 2012

New Knowledge Management Portal Offers Data to Improve Indian Farmers’ Practices

Chennai, Tamil Nadu– The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in partnership with the e-Extension Centre of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), launched the Advancing Agricultural Practice portal http://www.advanceagripractice.in for the ICICI Knowledge Park (IKP) Centre for Advancement in Agricultural Practice (ICAAP) , a subsidiary of IKP Trust, Chennai today. It aims to improve agricultural productivity and farm income for smallholder farmers across India through improvements in agricultural practice.

Contact Information: 

Vaishali Dassani, IFPRI, +91 9810020635 v.dassani@cgiar.org

Senthil Kumar, IFPRI, +91 9943989830 s.govindarajan@cgiar.org

May 15, 2012

Support small scale farmers and end hunger in Africa – IFPRI and Red Cross

A report prepared by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) suggests that addressing domestic policy is one of the best ways to tackle food insecurity. In particular, the organizations said that changing policy to better support small scale farmers could be one of the most effective contributions to ending hunger in Africa.

Contact Information: 

For more information or to set up an interview with Goli Ameri or Shenggen Fan, contact:

Susan Chippendale: IFRC Head of Communications, Geneva: +41 799592536 susie.chippendale@ifrc.org

Jessica Sallabank: IFRC Senior Media Officer, Geneva: +41 799481148 jessica.sallabank@ifrc.org

Sarah Immenschuh: IFPRI Media Relations, Washington, DC: +1 (202) 862-5679 s.immenschuh@cgiar.org

Apr 23, 2012
by IFPRI

IFPRI Launches First Global Food Policy Report

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) launches the inaugural Global Food Policy Report, the first in a new annual series. The Report provides a comprehensive overview of major policy changes at the global, regional, national, and local levels, as well as their significance for food...

Apr 20, 2012

Inaugural Global Food Policy Report Synthesizes Food Policy Actions and Events in 2011 and Provides Outlook for 2012

April 23, Washington D.C.— As policymakers gather for the upcoming G8 and G20 meetings, and as decisionmakers, international organizations, and civil society meet for Rio+20, major food policy developments from 2011 can provide lessons and guidance for 2012 and the future.

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

Mar 23, 2012

Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Vietnam to Improve Lives of Rural Farmers

March 26, Hanoi—Vietnam’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are relatively low in the global context, but they are growing rapidly and will likely triple by 2030 unless significant mitigation options are undertaken. With over 60 percent of the population in Vietnam active in the agricultural sector, there is significant mitigation potential through improved agricultural practices. Emissions reductions could be a source of millions of dollars a year of income for farmers in the country, which could be used to adapt to the adverse consequences of climate change.

Contact Information: 

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

Mar 23, 2012
by IFPRI

Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Vietnam

Vietnam’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are relatively low in the global context, but they are growing rapidly and will likely triple by 2030 unless significant mitigation options are undertaken. With over 60 percent of the population in Vietnam active in the agricultural sector, there is…

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Feb 27, 2012
by IFPRI

Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index

A significant new breakthrough in the measurement of women’s empowerment in developing countries is launched today. The “Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index” (WEAI) is the first measure to directly capture women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector.

Feb 27, 2012

Groundbreaking Index Launched to Empower Women and Fight Hunger

Washington, D.C.—A significant new breakthrough in the measurement of women’s empowerment in developing countries is launched today. The “Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index” (WEAI) is the first measure to directly capture women’s empowerment and inclusion levels in the agricultural sector.

Contact Information: 

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

Lisa Hibbert-Simpson, lhibbertsimpson@usaid.gov
+1 (202) 712-5114

Joanne Tomkinson, joanne.tomkinson@qeh.ox.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1865 271528

Feb 7, 2012

Arab Food Security Conference Issues Range of Recommendations

Beirut, 7 February 2012 (UN Information Service) – Participants in an international conference on Arab food security today concluded two days of meetings with a call to highlight the need to focus on supporting job-creating growth for the poor in countries with household-level food insecurity, and on encouraging exports to finance food imports and agriculture in countries with macro-level food insecurity.

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Feb 6, 2012

ESCWA and the International Food Policy Research Institute Urge Enhanced Regional Food Security

Beirut, 6 February 2012 – The Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Nadim Khouri called for the need to take advantage of available opportunities to improve food security in the region through trade and foreign investments to ensure benefits for all.

Contact Information: 

Journalists interested in conducting interviews with participants can coordinate with Ms Maryam Sleiman via e-mail sleiman2@un.org, by phone on 03/910930 or 01/978815, or with Ms Sarah Immenschuh via e-mail s.immenschuh@cgiar.org or by phone on 76/073256