Agricultural science and improvements in food production have significantly helped to feed the world’s growing population over the past 30 years. But within the last decade, progress in the fight against hunger and malnutrition has slowed. Major challenges remain. Of the 4.5 billion people who live in the developing world, 1.2 billion still confront the ravages of poverty daily; 170 million children under five are malnourished. Natural resources that support food production are being degraded. Agricultural productivity growth in developing countries,
once rapid, is now decelerating. By 2020, there will be 1.5 billion more people on the planet, putting even more stress on limited resources.
Achieving food security for all will require access to resources by the poor within their communities and by poor women within their households and societies; better technologies for producing and distributing food supplies; more efficient and accountable governments; and timely, appropriate policies on food production, nutrition, natural resource management, markets, and trade.
This report describes the organizational changes IFPRI has made and the research it has undertaken in 2002 and part of 2003 to help achieve these goals.