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Overcoming the Triple Burden of Malnutrition in the MENA Region

I recently contributed to the new Arab Food Security Blog hosted on the Arab Spatial website, managed by IFPRI. My entry, “Overcoming the Triple Burden of Malnutrition in the MENA Region” discusses an increasingly prevalent issue in the region, and lays out short- and long-term strategies to overcome the triple burden of malnutrition—calorie deficiency, undernutrition, >> Read more

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Preventing an Ebola-Related Food Crisis

With deaths in the thousands and more cases reported each day, the Ebola epidemic has caused tremendous suffering, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. This is not just an immense health crisis—it also threatens agriculture and food and nutrition security in the severely affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone), and >> Read more

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Digging deeper—hunger, undernutrition, and poverty linkages

Hunger and undernutrition are said to be causes of poverty, and these concepts are often discussed together. However, the relationship between hunger, undernutrition, and poverty is often not fully understood. Prevailing thinking considers extreme poverty to be the root cause of hunger and undernutrition, often in a one-way relationship. With the world producing more than >> Read more

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Move to end hunger and malnutrition by 2025: Reflections from my recent trip to Asia-Pacific

I recently returned from a two-week trip to Australia and Singapore where through various platforms, I interacted with donors, policy-makers, and researchers on how we can best work together to end hunger and malnutrition by 2025. Ensuring food security and nutrition for all is a monumental task, but the costs of hunger and malnutrition are >> Read more

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Enhancing Profitability of Smallholder Family Farms

As the International Year of Family Farming moves past its halfway point, various discussions at the national, regional, and global levels have focused on solutions for supporting sustainable family farming. One such discussion was a Regional Consultation for the Asia-Pacific region in Chennai, India, from August 7-10, 2014, titled the “Role of Family Farming in >> Read more

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Advancing food security and nutrition goals within the SDGs—progress, but not quite there

Ahead of the UN General Assembly in September 2014, an intergovernmental Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently released a draft proposal for the SDGs for resolution at the Assembly. While progress towards global food security and nutrition goals has been made, there is still a lack of consensus on these goals and >> Read more

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Resilience critical to end hunger and undernutrition by 2025

IFPRI’s 2020 Conference “Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security” that just concluded in Addis Ababa was very stimulating and successful. I was impressed by the dynamic discourses among over 800 participants during the course of three days in 24 plenary and parallel sessions, 21 side events, and a knowledge fair. The momentum for moving >> Read more

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Remembering Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere

It is with great sadness that I report the recent death of Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere, a respected member of the IFPRI family who contributed to the Institute’s mission with great dedication and an always-present smile. Dr. Asenso-Okyere worked at IFPRI from 2006 to 2012, first with the Nigeria Country Strategy Support Program, then as head of >> Read more