Press Releases

  • Nov 17, 2008

    Food Crisis and Health Go Hand in Hand

    IFPRI Urges Greater Cooperation between Health and Agriculture Sectors

    Bamako, Mali—For the world’s poor people, agriculture and health are inextricably linked: agriculture affects health, and health affects agriculture. Lack of cooperation between the two sectors hinders the fight against poverty and hunger in developing countries and rising food prices underscore the urgency to act.

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  • Nov 12, 2008

    New Study Identifies Farmers' Options and Obstacles to Adapting to Climate Change

    Johannesburg—The vast majority of African farmers interviewed for a recent climate change study perceived long-term changes in temperature or rainfall. Surprisingly, however, two-thirds of rural South African households in the Limpopo River Basin and more than a third of Ethiopian farmers did not make any adjustments to their farming practices in the face of global warming.

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    Michael Rubinstein, (202) 862-5670

    Michele Pietrowski, (202) 862-4630

  • Oct 14, 2008

    New Global Hunger Index

    33 Countries Have "Alarming" or "Extremely Alarming" Levels of Hunger

    Washington, DC—Thirty-three countries around the world have alarming or extremely alarming levels of hunger, according to the 2008 Global Hunger Index. The Democratic Republic of Congo scored the worst on the Index, followed by Eritrea, Burundi, Niger, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ethiopia.

    The Global Hunger Index is being released for World Food Day (October 16) for the third year in a row by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in conjunction with Welthungerhilfe (formerly known as German Agro-Action) and Concern Worldwide.

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  • Oct 14, 2008

    India Faces Urgent Hunger Situation

    New Reports Compare Country's Hunger Levels across States, World

    New Delhi—According to the first-ever India State Hunger Index, Madhya Pradesh has the most severe level of hunger in the country, followed by Jharkhand and Bihar. Punjab and Kerala scored the best on the Index

    Released today by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in conjunction with Welthungerhilfe (formerly known as German Agro-Action) and the University of California, Riverside, the India State Hunger Index analyzes hunger levels in 17 major states across India. State hunger index scores range from “serious” to “extremely alarming.”

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  • Oct 10, 2008

    Best Bets for Reducing Poverty and Hunger

    Opportunities for Investment in Agricultural Research

    On October 10, Joachim von Braun moderated the Plenary Session “The Food Crisis: What Happened and What Should Be Done?” at the 2008 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group

    The burgeoning world financial crisis has pushed aside the attention of policymakers from the threat of rising food prices, but the global food crisis is far from over. It continues to threaten the food and nutrition security of poor people around the globe.

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  • Sep 3, 2008

    Improving Information, Increasing Agricultural Productivity

    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.

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  • Aug 14, 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.

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  • Aug 12, 2008

    South Asian Women Farmers Reap Few Benefits, Despite their Significant Contributions to Agriculture

    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.

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  • Jun 6, 2008

    Food Summit: Some Progress But More Needs to be Done

    The UN food summit closes with a strong statement on agriculture, but fails to adequately address trade, biofuels, safety nets, and implementation

    By Joachim von Braun Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

    Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

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  • Jun 3, 2008

    From Intentions to Implementation

    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.

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    Michael Rubinstein, 202/862.5670

    Michele Pietrowski, 202/862.4630