In the wake of the food crises of the early 1970s and the resulting World Food Conference of 1974, it became clear that food security depends not only on crop production, but also on the policies that affect food systems—from farm to table. This realization led to the establishment of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in 1975. Since then, IFPRI has worked to provide solid research and evidence-based policy options to partners in donor and recipient countries. The issues have changed over time, from food subsidies and commercialization of agriculture in the early years to a more comprehensive approach to food and nutrition security in recent years including provision of safety nets to strengthen resilience, prioritization of nutrition interventions, investment in agricultural research, and support for country-led development. Working with many longstanding partners, including the Department for International Development (DFID), IFPRI’s food policy research has contributed to reducing poverty and improving food security for the world’s poor.
This brochure highlights the outcomes of key IFPRI and DFID collaborations during the past decade, many of which have also involved other partner institutions. The latest ongoing projects, such as the innovative research consortia Transform Nutrition and Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia, are still producing research results and outcomes that will be included in future editions of the brochure.