Press Releases

  • Dec 16, 2013

    Major economic models on climate change and agriculture point in same direction, but differ on magnitude of effects

    Climate change will alter future weather and change crop and animal productivity. But economic models differ on the magnitude of these changes, according to the world’s lead economic modelers. Estimates on both the direction and magnitude are crucial to address world food security issues at global, regional, and national levels. Outputs from climate, crop and economic models are central to understanding the range of possible outcomes.

  • Dec 9, 2013

    Climate Change and Agriculture in East Africa

    December 9, 2013, Bujumbura, Burundi—Population growth in East Africa is among the highest in the world and could worsen food insecurity, which is already severe. Arable areas in the region are under severe pressure to increase their productivity to feed a rapidly increasing human population. Climate change could exacerbate the situation; adaptation is essential for sustained economic growth in the East Africa. This is the challenge facing policymakers, who must plan for the future without available information and analysis.

    Contact Information: 

    Sarah Immenschuh,, +1 202 862-5679

  • Nov 12, 2013

    CAADP 10 Years Out: How Have Countries Fared in Agricultural Development?

    November 12, 2013, Dakar, Senegal—It has been 10 years since African heads of state and government pledged to allocate 10 percent of their national budgets to the agricultural sector as part of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). The commitment, also known as the Maputo Declaration Target, rallied African governments to increase spending in the sector to stimulate agricultural growth, reduce poverty, and build food and nutrition security.

    Contact Information: 

    Sarah Immenschuh,, +1 (202) 862-5679
    Hawa Diop,, +221 33 869 98 32 or +221 77 515 08 12

  • Oct 14, 2013

    Global Hunger Index Calls for Greater Resilience-Building Efforts to Boost Food and Nutrition Security

    October 14, 2013, Washington D.C.—The developing world is becoming more vulnerable to a variety of shocks and stressors, from extreme weather events, climate change and environmental degradation to population pressures, macroeconomic crises, conflict, and poor governance. The traditional approach to dealing with shocks is temporary infusions of aid, with separate development efforts focused on mitigating stresses and making people less vulnerable in the longer run.

    Contact Information: 

    Sarah Immenschuh,, +1 (202) 862-5679
    Paul O’Mahony,, +353 1 4491309
    Simone Pott,, +49 0 228 22 88 132

  • Sep 27, 2013

    Asian Fusion: New Thinking and Actions for Improving Food and Nutrition Security in Asia

    September 27, 2013, SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – Country experience shared at a recent conference showed that fertilizer subsidies can have huge costs, crowding out public expenditures on agricultural research, extension, rural roads and other expenditures that promote agricultural development. The private sector is often more efficient in delivery of fertilizer to farmers.

  • Sep 16, 2013

    Report: Climate change to shift Kenya’s breadbaskets

    Study presented during national climate and agriculture meeting finds Kenyan farmers can thrive despite changing growing conditions

    NAIVASHA, KENYA (16 SEPTEMBER 2013)—Kenyan farmers and agriculture officials need to prepare for a possible geographic shift in maize production as climate change threatens to make some areas of the country much less productive for cultivation while simultaneously making others more maize-friendly, according to a new report prepared by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA).

    Contact Information: 

    Michelle Geis at +254 711 326 770 or

    Vanessa Meadu at +44 777 2195317 or

    Vivian Atakos at +254 720 924 757 or

  • Sep 3, 2013

    Climate Change and Agriculture in Southern Africa

    New book helps region understand what might be in store and what to do about it

    September 3, 2013, Maseru, Lesotho—

    The southern region of Africa could be the hardest hit by rising temperatures from climate change, leaving many to wonder what this means for agriculture. Will some areas become unsuitable for farming? Will farmers face lower yields, or turn to new crops? Will climate change threaten food security? These are challenging questions for policymakers, who must plan for the future without available information and analysis.

    Contact Information: 

    Sarah Immenschuh (IFPRI)
    Tel: +1 202-862-5679

  • Jun 10, 2013

    UK Invests in Six Super Crops to Help Beat Global Hunger

    Press Release
    International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
    June 10, 2013

    Washington, D.C., June 10, 2013. On June 8, the UK government granted £30 million to HarvestPlus to develop and deliver six nutritious crops to several million farming households in Africa and Asia. The UK has supported HarvestPlus, an international program of CGIAR, since its start in 2003. HarvestPlus leads a global effort to improve nutrition and public health by developing and disseminating staple food crops that are rich in vitamin A, zinc, and iron.

    Contact Information: 

    Yassir Islam
    +1 (202) 862-5602

  • May 21, 2013

    Food Security and Nutritional Status in Egypt Worsening Amidst Economic Challenges

    May 21, 2013, CAIRO – Poverty and food insecurity in Egypt have risen significantly over the last three years according to joint reports released today by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the government’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

    Contact Information: 

    Sarah Immenschuh (IFPRI)
    Tel: +1 202-862-5679

  • May 15, 2013

    Researchers, Policymakers, and Other Experts Are Meeting to Discuss Sustaining Regional Economic Growth and Achieving Food Security

    May 15, 2013, Dakar, Senegal—West Africa has sustained a solid pace of growth for nearly two decades—a welcome change after years of stagnation and decline. The strategic question remains, however: How can the region build on this success to accelerate economic transformation and broaden growth, especially to provide regional food security?

    Contact Information: 

    Hawa Diop,, +221.33.869.98.32