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    Today marks the launch of the 2011 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report, the sixth in an annual series, which presents a multidimensional measure of global, regional, and national hunger. This year's report shows that although the world has made some ...
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    On May 7, 2008, Mark W. Rosegrant, Director of IFPRI’s Environment and Production Technology Division, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the impact of biofuels on grain prices and ...
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    online at The Economist July 29 - August 8 Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director General, will be participating in the debate on the proposition: “This house believes there is an upside for humanity in the rise of food prices.” ...
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    The 2007/08 international food price crisis caused hardship on a number of fronts. The steep rise in food prices led to economic difficulties for the poor and generated political turmoil in many countries. The crisis could also result in ...
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    Brief by Joachim von Braun, prepared for CGIAR Annual General Meeting, Maputo, Mozambique, December 1, 2008 High food prices from 2007 through mid-2008 had serious implications for food and nutrition security, macroeconomic stability, and ...
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    Press Statement Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) The first-ever official meeting of Ministers of Agriculture from G20 countries, to be held in Paris on June 22-23, presents an extraordinary ...
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    Comments by Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director GeneralJuly 11, 2008 It is very promising that global food security is now on the G8 agenda, and will stay there, as G8 leaders want to review progress at the next summit. It is encouraging that ...
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    The dramatic rise and volatility of food prices over the last year have shaken the global food system. Governments and the international development community generally have responded to various aspects of the food crisis, but questions remain ...
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    Domitila Revilla Romero, 56, lives in a shantytown on the outskirts of Lima and works as a laundress to help support her three children, her nephew, and her daughter-in-law, all of whom earn increasingly precarious livings. But as food prices ...
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    The Scientific American recently published an edited transcript from an interview with Joachim von Braun, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). In the question-an-answer segment, von Braun discusses current ...
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    The complex causes of the current food and agriculture crisis require a comprehensive response. In view of the urgency of assisting people and countries in need, the first set of policy actions—an emergency package—consists of steps that can ...
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    Maria Teresa stands with her children at the doorway of her two-room house in Los Baños, the Philippines. At first glance, all of her children look healthy, but according to a visiting nutrition counselor, they are all malnourished. The ...
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    Note: A modified version of this story originally appeared on Dani Rodrik’s weblog on March 28, 2014. Since the poor spend a greater share of their household incomes on purchasing food, higher food prices must exacerbate poverty, right? Wrong . . ...
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    A series of natural disasters in several food producing countries have lowered current and future production forecasts and driven up prices of many staples central to the global agricultural market. Much of the United States is experiencing the ...
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    Washington D.C.— The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) launched the Excessive Food Price Variability Early Warning System today. This new tool measures excessive food price variability and is the only mechanism currently ...
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    The COM+ Alliance has awarded the 2008 COM+ Communication Award to IFPRI for its response to the global food crisis, noting: “At a time when global food prices soared, doubling or tripling over a 2-year period, leading to social unrest in ...
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    Food price volatility can present problems for an array of stakeholders, including countries managing their export portfolios, commodity traders, and especially farmers, as unpredictable prices may result in variable income and ...
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    IFPRI Senior Research Fellow Claudia Ringler is presenting on “How to Ensure Sustainable Access to Water for Food in a World of Growing Scarcity” at the symposium “New Green Revolution? Meeting the Global Food and Energy Demands” ...
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    Press Statement by Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) June 23, 2011 — Paris, France Just three years after the 2007-2008 food crisis, the food security of poor and vulnerable people is ...
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    IFPRI has released the public use version of the latest round of the Ethiopia Rural Household Survey (ERHS) today at the Ethiopian Economics Association International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy. The ERHS is a collaborative effort of ...
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    The following post by IFPRI Senior Research Fellow David Orden is an excerpt of a story originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal. After more than three years of often tumultuous negotiations, the U.S. Congress has passed a new ...
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    As a staple food in India, onions are relied upon by the wealthy, the poor, and everyone in-between. Skyrocketing onion prices mean a drastic cut in the quality of life for some, and hunger for many. In recent months, onion prices in the ...
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    “Eating meat is something new now,” states Joel E. Cohen during the first annual Malthus Lecture titled “Meat,” which was delivered on March 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. According to Cohen, the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Populations ...
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    While food price volatility has decreased since 2010, price spikes and unpredictable markets remain a significant threat to global food security. The uncertainty that stems from price volatility can cut into farmers’ profits and discourage ...
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    The poor in developing countries will cope with rising food prices in two primary ways: (1) by reducing the amount of expensive meats, dairy, fruit, vegetables, and pulses (non-staple food) consumed, resulting in large declines in mineral and ...
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    by Joachim von BraunIFPRI Policy Brief • April 2008 The sharp increase in food prices over the past couple of years has raised serious concerns about the food and nutrition situation of poor people in developing countries, about inflation, and—in ...
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    Hunger is in the headlines. A drought that swept the African Sahel left 18 million people on the brink of starvation. A food price crisis prevented families across the globe from buying enough to eat. Civil unrest and natural disasters around the ...
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    Elizabeth Hernandez Amaya lives in a poor district on the outskirts of Mexico City with her husband and three young children. Her husband gets jobs at work sites when he can, but he is not regularly employed, and the family often struggles to ...
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    Hunger and AIDS often coexist and interact: malnutrition and food insecurity heighten susceptibility to HIV exposure and infection, while AIDS in turn exacerbates hunger and malnutrition. High food prices aggravate this vicious cycle, overlaying ...
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    The following is an excerpted version of a story originally published on the IFPRI South Asia website. Onion prices have reached all-time high, not only in India but also in Bangladesh, and it’s mostly pinching the pockets of the country’s ...
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    In a recently published commentary in Nature, Joachim von Braun outlines the risks of a global recession on food security in developing countries. “The stage is set for the next international food crisis,” warns von Braun. The article ...
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    From 2006 to 2008, the world experienced a dramatic increase in global food prices which especially affected the poor, whose diets depend on staple commodities such as maize, rice, and wheat. Miguel Robles and Lora Iannotti examined the ...
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    In a long-awaited move, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission on October 18 approved limits on trading in the commodities markets. Specifically, the new rules limit the number of commodity contracts that any investor can hold in ...
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    Prices are surging for food commodities worldwide, posing a tough policy challenge for developing countries—can they protect poor consumers without squelching new opportunities for farmers? Poor consumers across the globe are up in arms about ...
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    Rising food prices have driven 44 million people into extreme poverty in recent months. On April 14 and 15, the World Bank and IMF held an open forum to answer questions and debate solutions to overcoming the crisis and ensuring nutritious food ...