Press Releases

  • May 18, 2015

    Iron-rich Pearl Millet Reverses Iron Deficiency in Children

    May 18, 2015, Washington D.C.–A new study has found that pearl millet bred to be richer in iron was able to reverse iron deficiency in school-aged Indian children in six months. In just four months, iron levels improved significantly.

    Previously, the same iron-rich pearl millet had been shown to provide iron-deficient Indian children under the age of three with enough iron to meet their daily needs, and adult women in Benin with more than 70 percent of their daily needs.  

    Contact Information: 

    Vidushi Sinha
    v.s.vidushi@cgiar.org
    Tel: +1 202-862-4686

  • May 13, 2015

    Can China’s new agricultural strategies boost food and nutrition security?

    Focus is now on international trade, food safety, and farmers’ rights

    May 13, 2015, Beijing—China is a rising economic powerhouse that is simultaneously home to roughly 82.5 million impoverished people, many of whom are undernourished. New agricultural strategies that seek to shift away from food self-sufficiency and toward heavier reliance on international trade and stronger farmers’ property rights, could have a positive impact on the country’s ability to feed itself.

    Contact Information: 

    Deborah Horan
    d.horan@cgiar.org
    +1 (202) 627-4310

    Xinyuan Shang
    x.shang@cgiar.org
    +86 18057010798

  • May 11, 2015

    Launch of the Food Security Portal for Central America

    May 11, 2015, Washington, D.C. – Today, IFPRI is launching a new Spanish-language web portal that focuses on food and nutrition security in Central America. The objective of the portal is to provide a set of indicators on food and nutrition security and early warning mechanisms as well as opportunities for dialogue among policymakers, researchers, the private sector and others seeking to increase the resilience of the world’s poor to possible food-related crises, including price and climate shocks.

    Contact Information: 

    Deborah Horan
    d.horan@cgiar.org
    +1 (202) 627-4310

  • May 4, 2015

    What can be done about food and nutrition insecurity in the Arab World?

    Indicators underscore serious challenges to food and nutrition security in the region

    Manama, Bahrain, May 5, 2015—Child stunting, a result of malnutrition, is a larger problem than gross domestic product would suggest in nine Arab countries, while the Arab region as a whole imports more than 50 percent of its population’s daily caloric intake.

    Contact Information: 

    Deborah Horan
    d.horan@cgiar.org
    +1 (202) 627-4310

    Mariam Hassanien
    marriam.hassanien@fao.org

    Abeer Etefa
    abeer.etefa@wfp.org

  • Apr 28, 2015

    Ensuring Food Security in the Wake of the Earthquake in Nepal

    by Shenggen Fan
    Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
    April 28, 2015 –Washington, D.C.

    Contact Information: 

    Deborah Horan
    d.horan@cgiar.org
    +1 202-627-4310

  • Apr 27, 2015

    Website Focusing on Food Security in Middle East Now in Arabic

    Interactive site provides information on hunger, economic data, policies, and more

    April 27, 2015, Amman, Jordan—A new website launched today provides comprehensive snapshots of food and nutrition security and other key data points for 22 Arab countries across the Middle East and North Africa, and for the first time will be available in Arabic in addition to English.

    Contact Information: 

    Deborah Horan
    d.horan@cgiar.org
    +1 (202) 627-4310

  • 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
    d.horan@cgiar.org
     202-627-4310

    Katherine Leitzell
    leitzell@iiasa.ac.at
     +43(0)2236-807-316

  • 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
    Email: nisar.keshvani@ucentralasia.org

    Deborah Horan
    Senior Media Relations Specialist
    International Food Policy Research Institute
    Phone: +1 (202) 627-4310
    Email: d.horan@cgiar.org

  • 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, d.horan@cgiar.org, +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, d.horan@cgiar.org, +1 (202) 627-4310