We face a world full of shocks. Food price hikes and financial crises; environmental and natural disasters, such as droughts, floods, and earthquakes; armed and political conflicts that displace people; and emerging diseases are just some of the stressors that hit poor people and vulnerable countries. These shocks can intensify the risk of food and nutrition insecurity, throw people into poverty, or prevent people from escaping out of poverty.

Building resilience means helping individuals, households, communities, and countries prepare for, mitigate, cope with, and recover from shocks—not only bounce back but also become better off.
IFPRI's resilience research studies the impact of different shocks, interventions to enhance human capital, policies for responding to and recovering from crises, and factors required to create resilient agricultural, economic, and social systems.