Updated June 2016
The European Commission (EC) has long championed food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture. Since 2006, the EC has committed €1 billion of its annual budget to strengthen and support global food security and sustainable agriculture. In fact, with the 2008 adoption of the €1 billion Food Facility program, the EC was the first donor to proactively confront the global food price crisis of 2007–2008, allowing for rapid responses to food price volatility. The EC’s Food Facility program helped reduce the negative impact of food price fluctuations for more than 59 million people.
EC financial support has helped to ensure that IFPRI’s research remains responsive, innovative, and effective in tackling the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving food security and poverty alleviation. Over the years, the EC’s support to IFPRI provided the necessary foundation for cuttingedge research in areas such as climate change; biofuels; and the nexus of agriculture, nutrition, and health. This support has helped IFPRI partner with strategic European partners in civil society, higher education, and public sector areas, with a focus on making food security research accessible through the development of global public goods, capacity-building networks, and technological platforms. In June 2015, IFPRI, the EC, and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) joined together to bring experts and stakeholders to discuss the latest thinking on sustainably improving livelihoods and welfare at a Brussels workshop, “Improving Food Systems for Better Lives.” The workshop highlighted the need for greater convergence among diverse actors, sectors, and stakeholders for the development and implementation of innovative solutions that will improve food systems and enhance food and nutrition security around the world.
Much of IFPRI’s work is framed within the two CGIAR Research Programs that IFPRI leads: Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) and Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).
This brochure highlights key collaborations between IFPRI and the EC.