- 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
Jessica Sallabank: IFRC Senior Media Officer, Geneva: +41 799481148
Sarah Immenschuh: IFPRI Media Relations, Washington, DC: +1 (202) 862-5679
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, +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, email@example.com
- 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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- Feb 6, 2012
Beirut, 6 February 2012 – The Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Nadim Khouri called for the need to take advantage of available opportunities to improve food security in the region through trade and foreign investments to ensure benefits for all.
- Feb 6, 2012
February 6—Poverty and income inequality rates in the Arab world are higher than official numbers have suggested. Food security and poverty are particularly closely linked in Arab countries due to high vulnerability to food-related external shocks, including food price volatility, natural disasters, increasing water scarcity, and conflicts.Contact Information:
Sarah Immenschuh, firstname.lastname@example.org
00 961 76 073 256
- Dec 1, 2011
Leading BRICS+ Researchers Recommend Agricultural Work Program to Climate Change Convention Negotiators
Washington, D.C.— Climate change presents a major threat to sustainable food security. Recent changes to agriculture consistent with climate change include shifts in the production of rice and maize in the northern hemisphere and climate-induced changes in crop productivity across the world. There will be additional changes as global temperatures rise, precipitation patterns change, and the likelihood of more extreme climate-related events grows.Contact Information:
Sarah Immenschuh, + 1 (202) 862-5679
- Nov 21, 2011
Washington D.C—A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition indicates that orange sweet potato (OSP) is effective in providing vitamin A to malnourished women and children in Mozambique, where the prevalence of vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is very high. VAD can lead to impaired immune defenses and eye damage that can lead to blindness and even death. Annually, 250,000 to 500,000 preschool children go blind from VAD and about two-thirds will die within months of going blind.Contact Information:
Yassir Islam, email@example.com
Tel:+1 (202) 862 5602