Press Releases

  • Apr 8, 2015

    New global crop data aid in food policy decisions

    Interactive website shows production of 42 crops at ten kilometer resolution

    April 8, 2015, Washington, DC—Knowing where in the world individual crops are cultivated, their production patterns, and whether they are irrigated or rain fed are essential components for ensuring adequate, sustainable food production and safeguarding food security.

    Yet this critical data is often inadequate or non-existent, leaving policymakers unable to formulate the best policies to help farmers improve yields, access subsidized fertilizers, and get their products to markets.

    Contact Information: 

    Deborah Horan

    Katherine Leitzell

  • Apr 2, 2015

    UCA and IFPRI Launch Kyrgyzstan Spatial

    An Online, Interactive Atlas Promoting Food Security and Development

    Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, April 2, 2015 – The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have launched a new online platform that will help policymakers target areas of the country most vulnerable to food insecurity.

    Contact Information: 

    Nisar Keshvani
    Head of Communications and Marketing
    University of Central Asia
    Mobile: +996 (0) 770 822 851

    Deborah Horan
    Senior Media Relations Specialist
    International Food Policy Research Institute
    Phone: +1 (202) 627-4310

  • Mar 19, 2015

    Statement by Shenggen Fan on World Water Day

    by Shenggen Fan
    Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
    March 22, 2014 –Washington, D.C.

    Contact Information: 

    Deborah Horan,, +1 202-627-4310

  • Mar 18, 2015

    Middle Income Countries Play Key Role in Eliminating Hunger and Malnutrition

    Findings from IFPRI’s 2014–2015 Global Food Policy Report

    March 18, 2015, Washington, DC—Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico may be rising economic powerhouses, but these five fast-growing, middle income countries are still home to nearly half of the world’s hungry, or 363 million people.

    That is why we must also pay attention to those living in the “economic middle” as part of any strategy to effectively combat hunger and malnutrition on a global scale, according to a new report published today by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

    Contact Information: 

    Deborah Horan,, +1 (202) 627-4310

  • Feb 20, 2015

    To Bring Green Revolution to Africa, Countries Must Develop New Technologies

    The blind adoption of solutions from other continents won’t work for Africa

    Feb. 18, 2015, Washington, D.C.—African countries cannot blindly adopt food policy initiatives that spurred the Green Revolution in Asia as a way to promote agricultural development, according to new award-winning findings by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute.

    The research, which focused on Ghana and was originally published in the journal Food Policy, suggests that Africa must instead develop new technologies to improve the output of tree and root crops that are abundant in the region and to reduce the need for manual labor.

    Contact Information: 

    Deborah Horan,, +1 (202) 627-4310

  • Jan 16, 2015

    Food and Nutrition Security Must Be Part of the Conversation at the World Economic Forum in Davos

    by Shenggen Fan
    Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

    Jan. 16, 2015, Davos, Switzerland—Food security and nutrition are foundations of human and economic well-being. Without them, people experience poor health outcomes that lead to low productivity and stymied economic growth at the national level. The effects of food insecurity go beyond human and economic well-being: Research shows that food insecurity is a key trigger for political unrest.

    Contact Information: 

    Deborah Horan,, +1 (202) 627-4310

  • Dec 8, 2014

    The return on investment in nutrition is high. So why do so many governments fail to adequately invest in it?

    Please join us for high-level discussions on strategies for action on nutrition

    Dec. 8, 2014, Washington D.C.--On average, for every dollar that governments around the globe invest in nutrition to reduce stunting, they see a return of 16 times as much--and the return on investment for some countries is much higher: In Sri Lanka, for instance, it is 56 times as much; in South Africa, it’s 53 times the initial investment.

    Contact Information: 

    Deborah Horan 202-627-4310
    Adrianna Logalbo,, 617-694-7961

  • Dec 1, 2014

    IFPRI researchers contribute to the Lima Climate Change Conference in Peru

    Women farmers need equal access to assets, technology for “climate-smart agriculture”

    New tool helps governments evaluate trade-offs in agricultural emissions

    December 1, 2014, Lima, Peru—IFPRI researchers will present findings of a new series of policy notes on women farmers’ ability to adapt to climate change and contribute to a workshop on the economic viability of climate change mitigation policies at the annual climate conference known as COP 20.

    Contact Information: 

    Nilar Chit Tun,, +1 (202) 627-4396
    Deborah Horan, +1 (202) 627-4310

  • Nov 26, 2014

    African countries south of the Sahara must double investment in agricultural R&D, report finds

    New report analyzes trends in investments and human resource capacity in African agricultural R&D; New online tools enable cross-country comparisons and rankings of key R&D indicators

    Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 November, 2014 – African countries south of the Sahara will need to double their investment in agricultural research and development if ambitious United Nations and African Union targets are to be achieved, according to a new report issued by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

    Contact Information: 

    Deborah Horan, +1 (202) 627-4310

  • Nov 13, 2014

    First-ever Global Nutrition Report provides comprehensive narrative on levels of malnutrition across the world

    Report includes 193 country profiles

    November 13, 2014, London—A consortium of nations, organizations, researchers, and academics has released the first-ever comprehensive narrative on global health and country-level progress toward reducing malnutrition across the globe.

    Contact Information: 

    Deborah Horan, +1 (202) 627-4310