- Mar 1, 2010
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.
- Nov 11, 2009
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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- Oct 14, 2009
2009 Global Hunger Index Calls Attention to Gender Inequality, Need to Empower and Educate Women & Girls
Des Moines, Iowa—Twenty-nine countries around the world have alarming or extremely alarming levels of hunger, and thirteen countries have actually seen increases in their hunger levels since 1990, according to the 2009 Global Hunger Index report. The Democratic Republic of Congo scored the worst, followed by Burundi, Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Chad, and Ethiopia.
- Sep 29, 2009
The impact of climate change on poor people can be averted with $7 billion additional annual investments in rural development
Washington, DC— Twenty five million more children will be malnourished in 2050 due to effects of climate change, according to a report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). This study, the most comprehensive assessment of the impact of climate change on agriculture to date, compares the number of malnourished children in 2050 with and without climate change.
- Jun 26, 2009
New Project, Funded by a Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to Reduce Aflatoxin Contamination of Crops in Kenya and Mali
Washington, DC—The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is leading a new project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to analyze the impact of aflatoxin contamination on the livelihoods and health of people in Kenya and Mali. The project will also seek to map areas at highest risk, identify cost-effective control measures to reduce exposure to aflatoxins, and disseminate findings to key stakeholders and policy makers.Contact Information:
- May 19, 2009
- Mar 3, 2009
The Key to Global Food and Nutrition Security
- Dec 10, 2008
Addis Ababa—The vast majority of African farmers interviewed for a recent climate change study perceived long-term changes in both temperature and rainfall. Surprisingly, however, more than a third of rural Ethiopian households in the Nile River Basin and two-thirds of South African farmers in the Limpopo River Basin did not adjust their farming practices in the face of global warming.
- Dec 1, 2008
IFPRI projects more undernourished children if there is a global recession and decreased agricultural investment
Maputo, Mozambique—The combined impact of low economic growth and decreased investments in agriculture could cause major increases in malnutrition in developing countries, according to new analysis by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The result could be 16 million more undernourished children in 2020. These findings were released today at the annual general meeting of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).Contact Information:
Jeff Haskins, +258 844 846 496
or +1 301 448 8806
- Nov 24, 2008
Caps on subsidies and less distorted trade flows seen as key outcomes of a WTO agreement
Geneva—With the financial crisis and economic slowdown focusing governments’ attention on the struggling negotiations at the World Trade Organization, ministers are expected to meet in Geneva next month to try once more to hammer out the details of a framework accord on cutting tariffs and farm subsidies.
A successful push by world leaders for a global trade deal would boost Brazilian agricultural exports by opening up new markets and reducing subsidies for such key products such as cotton, soybeans and sugar a new study shows.