12th session of the open working group on SDGs

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

Dr. Shenggen Fan met with President of the United Republic of Tanzania (3)

Tanzania: Fast economic transformation, but slow progress for food security and nutrition

As one of the fast-growing economies in Africa, Tanzania has experienced significant economic transformation, although to a lesser extent in agriculture. Average annual GDP growth from 2005–12 is about 7 percent—in agriculture it is 4 percent (World Bank). For Africa south of the Sahara (SSA), the comparable average for both economic and agricultural growth stands >> Read more

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Changing climate—Policy innovations important for a resilient global agriculture and food system

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest Report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, is a reminder that swift and concrete actions are needed to avert the negative impacts of a changing climate. Key findings from the report on risks to food security and food production systems include: Declining crop yields Potential effects >> Read more

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Family farming and women: Exploiting untapped potential

2014 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Family Farming. This is an important recognition as most small farms are family-based and make a significant contribution to global food security and nutrition. But smallholder farmers are not the same and no one-size-fits-all strategy can effectively address the diverse challenges and >> Read more

Rethinking global food security

Global leaders reshaping agriculture and food security agenda in Davos

I just returned from Davos where I participated in a number of events as part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014, January 22-25. The meeting, themed “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics, and Business,” brought together leaders from government, business, international organizations, academia, and civil society to map out key >> Read more

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Toward food secure China

Food security in China is increasingly challenged by a combination of different factors such as increasing demand, rapid urbanization, limited natural resources and rural labor supply, and higher risk of food safety and environmental problems. The No 1 Central Document released by the government of China on Sunday, January 19, reiterated the importance of improving >> Read more