Press Releases

  • May 17, 2011

    Global Institute Expands Regional Office in Africa

    Solidifies Efforts to Tackle Poverty and Hunger

    Dakar—High-level policymakers, directors of international and regional organizations, private sector representatives, and leading academics and researchers from across West Africa and around the world are gathering here today for a colloquium on “Rising Global Food Prices: Causes, Impacts, and Response Strategies.” The policy roundtable is the focal point of an inaugural event to launch the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) newly expanded West and Central Africa office.

    Contact Information: 

    Michele Pietrowski,
    + 1 (202) 862-4630

  • May 10, 2011

    Transforming African Economies for Sustained Growth, Poverty Reduction

    International conference to discuss opportunities and obstacles

    Accra—Policymakers, African experts, and international researchers are convening here on May 10-11 to discuss important opportunities and challenges related to economic development, urbanization, and industrialization on the continent. The conference, “Understanding Economic Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa,” is jointly organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the University of Ghana.

    Contact Information: 

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

  • Apr 7, 2011

    New Study Shows Agricultural R&D in Africa Hindered by Significant Challenges

    Washington, D.C.—Investment in agricultural research and development (R&D) in Sub-Saharan Africa increased by more than 20 percent from 2001-2008, but most of this growth occurred in only a handful of countries.1 Nigeria alone accounts for one-third of the increase. Spending in most of the region has stagnated or fallen, according to a new report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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    For more information, please contact:
    Michele Pietrowski,
    + 1 (202) 862-4630
    Abid Aslam,
    +1 (202) 862-4611

  • Feb 10, 2011

    International Conference Focuses on Improving Health and Nutrition through Agriculture

    New Delhi – More than 900 participants are gathering today at an international conference from February 10–12 to examine ways that agriculture can enhance the health and nutritional status of poor people in developing countries.

    Contact Information: 

    Vaishali Dassani,
    +91 9810020635

    Michele Pietrowski,
    + 91 8447291115

  • Jan 13, 2011

    New Study Documents Spread of Aflatoxins in Kenya

    Scientists Discuss Findings with Policymakers at International Workshop

    Nairobi—International and Kenyan experts are meeting today with government officials, donors, and various food and health-related organizations to share results from recent research on the prevalence of aflatoxin contamination in maize. The study is part of a larger project that seeks to increase understanding of the effects of aflatoxins on people’s health and livelihoods, and to identify cost-effective measures to reduce contamination of food and feed.

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    For more information, please contact:
    Michele Pietrowski,
    +1 (202) 862-4630

  • Dec 1, 2010

    Study Urges Better Incomes, Farm Productivity, and Trade to Improve Food Security, Offset Ravages of Climate Change

    Cancun — Addressing poverty today is the single best way to help poor people in developing countries achieve food security and adapt to climate change, according to a new report by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

    When families have more income, they are better able to cope with drought, floods, and other climate shocks, says the report, Food Security, Farming, and Climate Change to 2050: Scenarios, Results, Policy Options.


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    Contact Information: 

    Michael Rubinstein, in Cancun,
    Michele Pietrowski,
    +1 (202) 862-4630

  • Nov 18, 2010

    Study Challenges Conventional Wisdom on Causes of Global Food Crisis, Recommends Reforms to Prevent Recurrence

    Washington — A new report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) challenges previous analyses of the food price crisis of 2007-08. Using recently available data, Reflections on the Global Food Crisis identifies the key causes of the price surge, its consequences for the world’s poor people, and the implications for future policies.

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  • Nov 9, 2010

    The HIV/AIDS -- Food Insecurity Nexus

    Experts Meeting to Discuss Evidence, Effects, and Action

    Cape Town—Policymakers, researchers, development experts and practitioners are gathering here from November 9-11 to discuss the critical links between HIV/AIDS, agriculture, hunger and malnutrition in Africa. Conference participants hope to enhance the understanding of these connections and bridge the divide between the HIV and food/nutrition communities. The ultimate goal is to identify opportunities to generate a truly multisectoral response to AIDS epidemics and ensure the food security of individuals and households facing their many effects.

  • Nov 8, 2010

    Breakthroughs in Crop Breeding Show Promise for Improving Health

    Experts Gather for First Global Conference on How Agriculture Can Reduce Micronutrient Malnutrition in Developing Countries

    Washington, D.C.: Experts are gathering here to plot the future of a worldwide initiative to reduce “hidden hunger” or micronutrient malnutrition, which causes widespread illness and death in the developing world.

    The First Global Conference on Biofortification, scheduled for November 9-11, is drawing scientists, policymakers, donors, and business leaders from around the world. Biofortification is the process of breeding higher levels of essential micronutrients such as vitamin A, iron, and zinc into food crops.

    Contact Information: 

    IFPRI Contact

    Michael Rubinstein
    Tel: +1 (202) 862-5670

    HarvestPlus Contact

    Yassir Islam
    Tel: + (202) 862-5602

  • Oct 11, 2010

    Improve Child Nutrition to Reduce Global Hunger, Says New Global Hunger Index

    Washington, D.C. –Malnutrition among children under two years of age is one of the leading challenges to reducing global hunger and can cause lifelong harm to health, productivity, and earning potential, according to the 2010 Global Hunger Index (GHI).


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    * Read the report
    * Press materials
    * Video interview with Klaus von Grebmer

    Contact Information: 

    Michael Rubinstein
    -, +1 (202) 862-5670
    Simone Pott
    -, +49 228-2288-132
    Paul O’Mahony
    -, +353 (1) 479 1309