• April 11, 2014

    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 […]

  • April 3, 2014

    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 […]

  • March 14, 2014

    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 […]

  • January 28, 2014

    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 […]

  • January 22, 2014

    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 […]

  • December 22, 2013

    Expanded partnerships for impact

    At the end of November, I participated in two very exciting development events in Brussels. My first stop was IFPRI’s workshop, Partnering for Impact: IFPRI-European Research Collaboration for Improved Food and Nutrition Security. The all-day workshop brought together 80 of IFPRI’s European partners to discuss how we can strengthen our partnership to have the highest […]