Media Briefings

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.

Contact Information: 

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

Jun 26, 2012
by IFPRI

Agricultural Extension and Agricultural Productivity in the Democratic Republic of Congo

On June 26-27, policymakers, researchers, implementers, and others will participate in the “National Workshop on Transforming Agricultural Extension System and Accelerating Agricultural Productivity Growth in the Democratic Republic of Congo” organized by the International Food Policy Research…

Jun 20, 2012

Rwanda Releases Iron-Rich Beans to Improve Public Health for Millions

Kigali, Rwanda / Washington D.C, June 20, 2012: The Rwanda Government today announced the release of five new iron‐rich bean varieties that could provide more iron in the diets of millions of Rwandese who eat beans every day.

Iron deficiency is widely prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa. During childhood and adolescence, it lowers resistance to disease and impairs learning capacity. It reduces the ability of adults for physical labor. Severe anemia increases the risk of women dying in childbirth.

Contact Information: 

Lister Katsvairo, Rwanda Country Manager, HarvestPlus, listerkatsvairo@yahoo.com, Tel: + 250 784 057 448

Louis Butare, HarvestPlus Rwanda Bean Project Leader, RAB, butare.lewis@gmail.com, Tel: + 250 788 523 075

Yassir Islam, Communications Head, HarvestPlus, y.islam@cgiar.org, Tel: +1 202 862-5602

Jun 20, 2012
by IFPRI

Rwanda Releases Iron-Rich Beans

The Rwanda Government today announced the release of five new iron‐rich bean varieties that could provide more iron in the diets of millions of Rwandese who eat beans every day.

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Jun 15, 2012
by IFPRI

Food and Nutrition Security Must Remain at Top of G20 Agenda

IFPRI Director General, Shenggen Fan, on the eve of next week’s G20 meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, emphasized that food and nutrition security must remain at the top of the agenda.

Press Statement by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan

Jun 15, 2012

Food and Nutrition Security Should Stay High on the Agenda at the G20 Meetings

Press Statement
by Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
June 15, 2012

Jun 6, 2012
by IFPRI

Advancing Agricultural Practice Portal Launched

IFPRI, in partnership with the e-Extension Centre of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, launched the Advancing Agricultural Practice portal which aims to improve agricultural productivity and farm income for smallholder farmers across India through improvements…

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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