Press Releases

  • Sep 13, 2010

    Wheat Price Volatility

    Panic is Baseless and Hurts Poor People

    By Maximo Torero
    Director, Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division
    International Food Policy Research Institution (IFPRI)

    Apparent similarities between today’s rising wheat prices and the food-price crisis of 2007-2008 are just that: apparent, not real. Suggestions to the contrary serve to drive up prices and hurt poor people, who spend much or most of their incomes on food. They need neither jittery markets nor ad hoc protectionism, which has exacerbated past food crises.

    Contact Information: 

    Abid Aslam
    +1 202-862-4611

    Michael Rubinstein
    +1 202-862-5670
    Skype: Michael.rubinstein1

  • Aug 17, 2010

    Study Finds Substantial Growth in Agricultural R&D Funding in Ghana, But Challenges Remain

    Accra—Following a decade of minimal growth, spending on agricultural research and development (R&D) in Ghana increased dramatically after 2002. Expenditures more than doubled from 2000-2008, jumping from 151 billion cedis to 352 billion cedis, when prices are adjusted for inflation, according to a study by the Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) initiative and the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI). The amount spent, as a percentage of Ghana’s agricultural GDP, was one of the highest in West Africa.

    Contact Information: 

    Adwoa Kwarteng, +233 (030) 278-0716,

    Michele Pietrowski, +1 (202) 862-4630,

  • Aug 10, 2010

    Study Finds Bolsa Familia Children Healthier, Doing Better in School

    Brasilia—Brazil’s Bolsa Familia conditional cash transfer program has had a positive effect on the health and education of Brazil’s poor children, according to an evaluation by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

    Contact Information: 

    John Hoddinott,, +1 (240) 447-0918
    Daniel Gilligan,, +1 (301) 351-0471
    Shalini Roy,, +1 (267) 847-6950

  • Jul 27, 2010

    Food Security Strategy Workshop to highlight actions for progress

    Sana’a – Policymakers, researchers, and donors are considering a seven point action plan to improve food security in Yemen by 2020. The discussions are taking place at the Food Security Strategy Workshop hosted by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Government of Yemen, in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

  • Jun 23, 2010

    G8, G20: A “Business as Unusual” Approach Must be Adopted

    To Meet the First Millennium Development Goal of Halving Hunger

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

    More information

    Halving Hunger
    IFPRI Food Policy Report

    Statement to Policymakers

    Contact Information: 

    Michele Pietrowski,, +1 202-862-4630

  • May 5, 2010

    Yellow River Basin Faces Environmental, Economic Challenges

    New research sheds light on water, irrigation, poverty alleviation

    Beijing—Leading experts on water and irrigation are meeting today to identify solutions to problems affecting the Yellow River Basin. The region enjoys high economic growth, but faces many environmental challenges and high poverty rates in parts of the basin.

    Contact Information: 

    Lijuan Zhang, 64888983-801

    Michael Rubinstein, +1 202/862.5670

  • Apr 22, 2010

    Transforming Agriculture: The Case of Tomato in Ghana

    Broad Discussion Launched on Future of Sector

    Accra—Farmers, traders, and processors are meeting Ghanaian and international academics, donors, and officials here on April 23 for a unique exchange of views on how to revive the strategic but ailing tomato sector.

    Contact Information: 

    Kenda Cunningham, IFPRI-Accra, 021 780 716,

  • Mar 22, 2010

    Fostering Growth, Reducing Poverty and Hunger

    Asia and Latin America Pursue Mutual Learning and Cooperation

    Lima — High-level policymakers, internationally recognized researchers, and development practitioners from Asia and Latin America are gathering here March 22-24 for unprecedented talks on accelerating economic growth and reducing hunger and poverty in both regions.

    Contact Information: 

    Marcia MacNeil, 991987775,
    Rocy Vásquez Novoa, 985730022,

  • Mar 1, 2010

    Global Futures

    New project to identify best approaches to improve agriculture in developing countries

    Washington, D.C.—The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) launched a new project, Global Futures for Agriculture, to improve agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability in developing countries. Focused on evaluating promising technologies, investments, and policy reforms, the effort is supported with major funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    High global food prices in 2008 underscored the importance of research to help achieve the goals of feeding the world’s burgeoning population while protecting critical natural resources.

    Contact Information: 

    Michael Rubinstein,, +1 202 862-5670
    Michele Pietrowski,, +1 202 862-4630

  • Nov 11, 2009

    New Book, Millions Fed, Showcases Best Approaches to Fight Hunger

    Washington, DC—As heads of state gather in Rome next week for the World Summit on Food Security, a new book pulls together – for the first time – major successes in agricultural development that have brought millions of people out of hunger over the past 50 years. The book, Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development, was commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to determine what works in agriculture – what sorts of programs, policies, and investments have had a proven impact on hunger and food security.


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    Contact Information: 

    Michael Rubinstein,, +1 (202)-862-5670
    Michele Pietrowski,, +1 (202) 862-4630
    Vaishali Dassani,, +91 9810020635