Small farmers can help meet Sustainable Development and Climate Goals—But they need our support

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. There is a lot of buzz in the global development community about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the pledges to cut poverty, hunger, and malnutrition while protecting the planet—signed by 193 countries. This commitment will guide global action over the >> Read more

3 steps for tackling food loss and waste

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan, and World Resources Institute CEO Andrew Steer was originally published in the Growing Food for Growing Cities blog series by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. An astounding one third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted between the farm and the fork. Just >> Read more

Reshaping the global food system to achieve multiple SDGs

The following statement was originally given by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan at OECD Meeting of the Committee for Agriculture at Ministerial Level. The global food system is at a crossroads. On the one hand, it currently feeds more than 6 billion people—more than many would have imagined possible. On the other hand, it leaves nearly >> Read more

Break the Vicious Circle of Underdevelopment, Climate Change and Refugee Crisis

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. The plight of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea has dominated the headlines this year. While we must provide them with emergency assistance - food, shelter and medical services - in order to get to the bottom of >> Read more

Climate-smart agriculture is key to ending hunger

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. I grew up on a small farm in southeastern China in the 1960s. A scene out of The Good Earth, my family and I raised chickens and pigs and eked out rice and wheat on a small plot about >> Read more

Compact2025 formally launched

The following was originally posted on Compact2025.org. On November 18, 2015, IFPRI officially launched Compact2025, a bold new initiative to end hunger and undernutrition by 2025. Compact2025 works with countries to bring stakeholders together, set priorities, innovate and learn, build on successes, and synthesize sharable lessons to accelerate progress in ending hunger and undernutrition. The >> Read more

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

This commentary by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally posted on IFPRI.org 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