Making famines a thing of the past with Ireland

Recently, I had the honor of presenting at the Global Hunger Today conference, held in conjunction with the National Famine Commemoration Day, at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. Though the last famine in Ireland occurred 170 years ago, their commitment to commemorating the traumatic event and preventing further famines at home and in other countries >> Read more

Global trade can support food security and nutrition: 2018 GFPR Rome launch

Open, fair, and inclusive trade is critical for food security and nutrition. Yet trade can pose a threat to nutrition by inviting poor quality, unhealthy foods. It is the job of institutions like IFPRI and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to use data and evidence to change global trade to contribute >> Read more

Strengthening capacity for evidence-based policymaking in Bangladesh

Statistical tools can be critical to support evidence-based policy making. Recently, I was delighted to award officials from the Governance Innovation unit (GIU) of the Prime Minister’s Office of Bangladesh with a Certificate of Accomplishment. They successfully completed a STATA training program delivered by IFPRI staff under the Compact2025 initiative. The Certificate Award Ceremony followed >> Read more

Supporting women’s empowerment at the 2018 GFPR Launch in Canada

Women’s empowerment is critical to achieve global food security and nutrition. At the 2018 Global Food Policy Launch in Ottawa, Canada, I joined a distinguished program that focused on how current trends in food security, agriculture, migration, and other themes covered in the 2018 Report are impacting women around the world. I had the pleasure >> Read more

Advancing nutrition with the European Commission

I recently had the pleasure of again hosting Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, at IFPRI headquarters. Commissioner Mimica, a Leadership Council member for Compact2025, and the European Commission continue to champion nutrition efforts to accelerate progress. Together, we discussed how IFPRI and the European Commission can work more closely together toward >> Read more

Trade and investment for inclusive development with bioeconomy

As human and planetary health are increasingly at risk, strong trade and investment are necessary for the bioeconomy – the sustainable production and use of biological resources, processes, and principles to provide products and services in all economic sectors – to be a solution.  I had the pleasure of presenting on this topic at the >> Read more

Rural vitalization: What lessons can China learn from international experiences?

Despite China’s impressive progress in reducing poverty, hunger, and nutrition over the past four decades, challenges remain, especially in rural areas. More than 3 percent of rural residents live under the poverty line ($1.9 a day), while 12 percent of rural children under five are stunted. Stunting has far-reaching ramifications, affecting children’s cognitive and physical >> Read more

Innovations are key for human and planetary health

To reshape food systems for human and planetary health, innovations will be critical—especially in the Global South. I was honored to share this message at the 18th Global Development Conference on “Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development” held recently in New Delhi and hosted by the Global Development Network (GDN). With multiple burdens of malnutrition >> Read more