IFPRI-Nigeria partnership for transformation

Rapid urbanization is dramatically changing demographics throughout the world, and especially in Nigeria. New research shows urbanization has been underestimated in Nigeria so far—already in 2010, 46 percent of the Nigerian population lived in urban areas, up from 31 percent found in previous assessments. While Nigeria has made impressive gains made in the service industry, >> Read more

Inclusive and sustainable development: Visit to UNIDO

In parts of the developing world, economies are growing and transforming, and many countries are becoming more urban. These changes have implications for food security and nutrition, along with many other development goals. To ensure that all people and the planet benefit from these changes, development must be inclusive and sustainable. Along these lines, I >> Read more

Research collaboration for a nexus approach: IFPRI and IIASA

Ensuring food security and nutrition comes with multi-dimensional challenges. A nexus approach—between water, land, and energy—is critical for programs to address some of these challenges by getting the most out of scarce resources while minimizing tradeoffs. I recently discussed the potential to advance a nexus approach for sustainable development with Dr. Pavel Kabat, the Director >> Read more

Measuring progress of healthy diets from sustainable food systems: 2017 EAT-Stockholm Food Forum

To sustainably feed a growing population with safe, nutritious foods, all relevant stakeholders must work together. The 2017 EAT-Stockholm Food Forum was an important convening of many key actors to support a healthy, sustainable food system. I especially applaud Dr. Gunhild Stordalen and her team at the EAT Initiative for successfully putting on such an >> Read more

Elevating the leadership role of the US in global food security and nutrition

It was an honor to participate in a panel at the White House Summit on Global Development this morning, that discussed Feed the Future’s progress and impact to date, and explored possible ways forward for the initiative. Also on the panel were Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, and >> Read more

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