- Jun 6, 2008
The UN food summit closes with a strong statement on agriculture, but fails to adequately address trade, biofuels, safety nets, and implementation
- Jun 3, 2008
The Rome food summit is a positive step; now world leaders need to follow through on their commitments
By Joachim von Braun, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
World leaders will gather today in Rome for the “Conference on World Food Security: Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy. As they offer solutions to the crisis of rising food prices, they deserve praise for recognizing the need to act decisively to prevent large-scale increases in hunger.
- May 16, 2008
Investments in agriculture, improved bio-energy and trade policies, and programs that target vulnerable people would reduce the threat of hunger
By Joachim von Braun
Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
The world’s poorest people will be hardest hit by the global rise in food prices. Poor people in developing countries typically spend more than half of their overall budget on food. For the 160 million people worldwide who survive on less than fifty cents a days, food price inflation can spell disaster.
- Apr 14, 2008
Addis Ababa—Ethiopia opens a commodity exchange this week, the first of its kind in Africa. The exchange will trade in six commodities: coffee, sesame, haricot beans, teff, wheat and maize.
- Apr 7, 2008
International Conference to Discuss New Technologies, Innovations, and Knowledge to Improve Agriculture and Livelihoods
Addis Ababa—Close to 200 policymakers, researchers, and representatives from the private sector, farmers’ organizations, and other civil society groups are gathering for an international conference to discuss exciting technological, institutional, and organizational innovations that are transforming agriculture, reducing poverty and hunger, and improving people’s lives.
- Feb 14, 2008
Study Shows Acting Early Is Key to Combating Child Malnutrition
Washington, DC—Preventing infants and young children from becoming undernourished is much more effective than treating children who are already moderately malnourished, according to a study published in the February 16 issue of The Lancet, a leading medical journal. The study in Haiti found that child stunting, underweight, and wasting (indicators of malnutrition) were 4, 6, and 4 percentage points lower, respectively, among poor communities participating in preventative programs than recuperative ones.
- Jan 27, 2008
Study First to Show Improving Nutrition in Early Childhood Leads to Significantly Higher Incomes in Adulthood
Washington, DC—Feeding very young children a high-energy, high-protein supplement leads to increased economic productivity in adulthood, especially for men, according to a study published in the current issue of The Lancet, a leading medical journal.
Boys who received the supplement, known as atole, in the first two years of life earned on average 46 percent higher wages as adults, while boys who received atole in their first three years earned 37 percent higher wages on average. Those who first received the supplement after age three did not gain any economic benefits as adults.
- Dec 4, 2007
New report examines the impact of growth, climate change, and biofuels
Beijing—Income growth, climate change, high energy prices, globalization, and urbanization are all converging to transform food production, markets, and consumption, according to a new report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). As a result, global food demand and prices are likely to rise, threatening the livelihoods and nutrition of poor people in developing countries.
- Nov 16, 2007
Experts, Farmers, and Policymakers Gather to Discuss Options and Strategies
Accra—Nearly 70 high-level Ghanaian policymakers, farmer representatives, and international experts convened a workshop today to discuss the role of agriculture in accelerating economic growth, with the goal of doubling Ghana’s per capita income within ten years. The workshop, “The Role of Agriculture in Achieving Middle Income Status,” is organized by the Ghana Strategy Support Program (GSSP), a collaborative initiative of the Government of Ghana, development partners, and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).Contact Information:
Michele Pietrowski, 202/862.4630
- Nov 6, 2007
New Study Examines Plight of Poor Living on Less than 50 Cents a Day
Washington, DC—Despite much progress reducing poverty worldwide, a substantial number of the world’s poorest people are being left behind, according to a new report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
The report, The World’s Most Deprived: Characteristics and Causes of Extreme Poverty and Hunger, finds that 162 million of the world’s poorest people—the “ultra poor”—survive on less than 50 cents a day. If concentrated in a single nation, they would comprise the world’s seventh most populous country.