The journey after New York: Keeping the SDGs’ agenda in focus

This commentary by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally posted on As we draw the curtain on the Millennium Development Goals, the world has successfully halved poverty and made tremendous headway in reducing hunger over the past 15 years. However, several challenges persist and new ones are emerging. For example, progress toward meeting the >> Read more

A Balancing Act: Food for the Hungry, Fuel for your Car

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post.  It's the season for bountiful corn harvests. We consume corn in so many forms--for some, it constitutes a major part of a meal; for others, it provides fuel for an end of summer road trip. That's right, the same >> Read more

BRAC founder named World Food Prize Laureate

IFPRI extends its heartfelt congratulations to BRAC Founder and Chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, who was just announced as this year’s World Food Prize laureate. Sir Fazle has worked tirelessly for more than 40 years to tackle poverty and hunger in Bangladesh and beyond, and has been instrumental in helping Bangladesh meet the Millennium Development >> Read more

Debuts of the 2014-15 Global Food Policy Report

This year’s Global Food Policy Report—IFPRI’s flagship publication—is the fourth in an annual series which provides an in-depth look at major food policy developments in the past year. The topics covered in the 2014-15 report are timely as we usher in a new global development agenda. The launch of the Report in various capital cities >> Read more

Battered But Not Broken: Building a Resilient Food System in Nepal

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. While the major earthquakes in Nepal appear to have ended, the need to prepare for future disasters has not. The April 25th quake killed thousands, while leaving millions homeless, and has put roughly 3.5 million people in need of food assistance. Two >> Read more

Where Do the World’s Hungriest People Live? Not Where You Think

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. If you were tasked to end hunger and malnutrition in the world, you might first ask: Where do such vulnerable people live? It may be a surprise that the majority of the world's hungry and malnourished live in large >> Read more

From famine to feast in forty years: Policy matters

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. In the mid-1970s, the outlook for food supplies around the world was grim. There were talks of "food triage"-- food-rich countries would decide which food-poor countries should get food, thereby dooming the rest to death. At that point, famines in Bangladesh and Ethiopia >> Read more

Statement by Shenggen Fan on World Water Day

The following statement was originally published in the IFPRI blog in conjunction with World Water Day on March 22, 2015. On the occasion of World Water Day, it is imperative that all nations and stakeholders rise to the collective challenge of using water sustainably. Anything less will imperil our ability to feed the planet and >> Read more