- Jul 23, 2012
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, email@example.com
- 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.
- Jun 20, 2012
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:
- Jun 15, 2012
by Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
June 15, 2012
- Jun 5, 2012
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.
- May 15, 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Sallabank: IFRC Senior Media Officer, Geneva: +41 799481148 email@example.com
Sarah Immenschuh: IFPRI Media Relations, Washington, DC: +1 (202) 862-5679 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
Sarah Immenschuh, email@example.com, +1 (202) 862-5679
- Mar 23, 2012
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Feb 27, 2012
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.
- Feb 7, 2012
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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