- Sep 2, 2008
IFPRI Receives $2.5 Million Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Support the World’s Leading Database on Agricultural Science and Technology
Washington, DC—The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) today announced it received a $2.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand and update the Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) database on investment and human capacity trends in agricultural research and development (R&D). The database will focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where poverty and malnutrition are most acute.
- Aug 13, 2008
Workshop Presents New Findings on Why Some Households in Rural Bangladesh Stay Poor, While Others Move Out of Poverty
Dhaka—Bangladesh’s high economic growth during the last decade has resulted in significant reductions in poverty. However, 36 million people—about one quarter of the country’s population—still face acute poverty and hunger.Contact Information:
- Md. Aminul Islam Khandaker, 01711976625
- Md. Aminul Islam Khandaker, 01711976625
- Aug 11, 2008
Conference Highlights Challenges, Strategies facing Women in Agriculture in Region
New Delhi—While women comprise nearly 40 percent of South Asia’s agricultural workforce, their low social status limits them from fully reaping the benefits of their efforts.
- Jun 5, 2008
The UN food summit closes with a strong statement on agriculture, but fails to adequately address trade, biofuels, safety nets, and implementation
- Jun 2, 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 15, 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 13, 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 6, 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.