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Socioeconomic considerations in biosafety decisionmaking

Among farmers worldwide, and in particular in developing countries and transition economies, genetically modified (GM) crops have progressively grown in popularity and are now planted in approximately 160 million hectares in 29 countries. In the…

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Building climate resilience in the agriculture sector of Asia and the Pacific

The ADB-sponsored agriculture sector study, carried out by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), uses predictions of global climate models to develop scenarios to 2050 for Asia and to derive implications for food security. The…

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Agriculture and climate change: An agenda for negotiation in Copenhagen

Agriculture and climate change are inextricably linked. Agriculture is part of the climate change problem, contributing about 13.5 percent of annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (with forestry contributing an additional 19 percent), compared with…

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International Model for Policy Analysis of Agricultural Commodities and Trade (IMPACT)

IMPACT – the International Model for Policy Analysis of Agricultural Commodities and Trade –was developed at IFPRI at the beginning of the 1990s, upon the realization that there was a lack of long-term vision and consensus among policy makers and…

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Analyzing the health benefits of biofortified staple crops by means of the disability-adjusted life years approach

"Biofortified staple crops – food crops bred for higher micronutrient content – are expected to reduce micronutrient deficiency and its accompanying adverse health outcomes. Health benefits can be measured and expressed in terms of the number of…

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Research that matters

IFPRI commissioned a series of in-depth case studies to look at how research findings are communicated to and used by policymakers. The case studies show that policy research can promote action that improves the lives of the poor. And they demonstrate…