Press Releases

  • 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.

    Contact Information: 

    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

  • Sep 17, 2010

    We Can Halve Hunger, If We Change the Way We Do Business

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

    A decade ago, the international community committed itself to halving the percentage of people who go hungry. When world leaders meet next week to review implementation of this and other Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)1, they need to reexamine their policies and their commitment.

    Contact Information: 

    Michele Pietrowski
    +1 202-862-4630

  • 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,