- Sep 13, 2010
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.
- Aug 17, 2010
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.
- Aug 10, 2010
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).
- Jul 27, 2010
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
To Meet the First Millennium Development Goal of Halving Hunger
- May 5, 2010
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.
- Apr 22, 2010
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
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.
- 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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