IFPRI Insights: March 2018

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March 8, 2018
International Women's Day: Writing a New Chapter
Women's empowerment is key to reducing poverty and improving food security. At IFPRI, our research provides evidence on the costs of gender imbalances and benefits of eliminating them, and identifies approaches that present pathways to enduring positive change. (Read More)
Coming Soon: 2018 Global Food Policy Report

2018 Global Food Policy Report tackles the impacts of globalization on food security and nutrition.Take a 10-question quiz to test your knowledge on globalization. And register now to watch the live webcast of the report launch on March 20. 
Know More Hunger: Global cost estimates of zero hunger and reducing undernutrition range from USD 7 billion to USD 265 billion annually, find Shenggen Fan, Derek Headey, David Laborde, Daniel Mason-D’Croz, Christopher Rue, Timothy B. Sulser, and Keith Wiebe in their review of different approaches to achieve key development goals. (Article)
Overcoming Malawi's Nutritional Challenge: Noora-Lisa Aberman and Todd Benson answer the question: How can Malawi better leverage its smallholder agriculture sector to improve nutrition? (Article)
Renewing Energy Mix: Renewable energy can contribute significantly to diversify the Philippine energy supply-mix, find Md. Alam Hossain Mondal, Mark Rosegrant, Claudia Ringler, Angga Pradesha and Rowena Valmonte-Santos as they assess low-carbon strategies to meet country’s power needs. (Article)
Cropland Intensification in China: Despite the overall increase in harvested area in China, Liangzhi You finds that many regions such as the Northeast and Lower Yangtze have potential for further cropland intensification. (Article)
Africa's Onward March

The African Agricultural Transformation Scorecard highlights progress toward achieving the seven broad commitments of the 2014 Malabo Declaration, ranging from higher investments in agriculture to ending hunger by 2025. (Read More)
Fielding AgricultureAgricultural transformation, argues IFPRI's guest blogger, Justin Yifu Lin, paves the way for economic transformation of developing countries, ensuring food security and improving nutrition along the way. (Blog)
Kick the Food Goal, Argentina: Argentine G-20 presidency recommendation on bridging the global infrastructure investment gap by developing it as an asset class should be expanded to include financing of sustainable food systems as well, argues Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla. (Blog)
Stepping Up to Meet 2030 Goals: Universal coverage for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health requires rapid scale-up of effective interventions to all in affected countries along with improvements in underlying socio-economic conditions, write Purnima Menon, Stuart Gillespie and Pratima Mathews, based on the latest findings of the 2017 Countdown to 2030 report. (Blog)
The Worm Turns to Africa: Fall armyworm has wreaked havoc in Malawi affecting cash and staple crops alike, writes Kimberly Keeton, but solutions to tackle the menace lie in sustainable, simpler and accessible methods designed for the majority of farmers. (Blog)
Trusting Cash: Tanzania’s community-based conditional cash transfer program—administered in dozens of villages and conditioned on school enrollment and attendance and health clinic visits for children—boosted trust in local officials and institutions, write David Evans and Katrina Kosec. (Blog)
 “The core of modernization is investment in agricultural research.”- 
John W. Mellor, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University and President, John Mellor Associates (Video)
 "Poor people face a double burden: They are poor to begin with, but they also live in economies where the price of nutrient-rich foods is exceptionally high"- Derek Headey, Senior Research Fellow, Poverty, Health and Nutrition, International Food Policy Research Institute (Video)
 "There is too little money in the system, but the question is, whatever money there is, are we spending it well?"-Preeti Ahuja, Practice Manager for Agriculture in the Latin America and Caribbean Region, World Bank (Video)
 "It's no longer about sustainability--that's a term now couple of decades old. Agriculture production faces existential threats from environment, climate change..."-Sara Scherr, President and CEO, EcoAgriculture Partners (Video)
 “The G-20 under Argentina's presidency is well-positioned to help bridge the gap between developed and developing countries’ agendas.”- David Laborde, Senior Research Fellow, Markets, Trade and Institutions, International Food Policy Research Institute (Video)
 The Cocoa Coast: The board-managed cocoa sector in Ghana
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Washington, DC

 Report Launch: IFPRI's Global Food Policy Report 2018
Thursday, March 23, 2018
Washington, DC

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