The multibillion dollar question: How much will it cost to end hunger and undernutrition?

World leaders have committed to ending hunger and malnutrition by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet we are not on track to achieve the goal—in fact hunger, measured as caloric deficiency, rose in 2016 after more than a decade of impressive progress. More investments are needed to end hunger—but how much will it cost? >> Read more

Key priorities for agricultural development with IFAD President Gilbert F. Houngbo

I had the pleasure of meeting with Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), to discuss key priorities for agricultural development, in light of persisting food insecurity and malnutrition despite global progress. Focus on supporting smallholders will be an important priority for both IFAD and IFPRI, as smallholders play a >> Read more

Strengthening partnerships to promote nutrition and health

Hunger, malnutrition, and poor health are all-too prevalent and stubborn development challenges. To explore new ways to jointly tackle these challenges, I recently spoke with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Dr. Francesco Branca, WHO’s Director of Nutrition for Health and Development. We shared some exciting ways our >> Read more

Water, energy, and food security: MOU signed with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity (MoWIE) of Ethiopia

It was an honor to welcome Dr. Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity of Ethiopia, to IFPRI on January 30th to sign a memorandum of understanding between IFPRI and the Ministry. As the global population continues to grow, demands for water, energy, and food will rapidly increase and further pressure scarce natural resources. >> Read more

Aligning efforts to track progress of food systems

A food system approach will be critical to end hunger and malnutrition, and achieve multiple Sustainable Development Goals. Comprehensively tracking food systems is essential to ensure that food systems are contributing to sustainable development. Indeed, a tool to track countries’ food systems has broad appeal—it can diagnose issues in food systems, inform policy priorities, identify >> Read more

From commitment to action to end hunger and undernutrition in Africa by 2025

African leaders are committed to ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025—goals included in the Malabo Declaration, which was adopted in 2013. Yet despite laudable commitments, hunger is on the rise and undernutrition persists in Africa. To transform commitments to action, leadership, accountability, and setting priorities will be key. This was my message to the African >> Read more

Livestock plays a critical role in food security and nutrition and climate mitigation

It was an honor to provide input to the communiqué in which ministers of 69 countries committed to shape the livestock sector for improving food security and nutrition sustainably, efficiently and responsibly. The ministers made their commitments at the 10th Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference on January 20th in Berlin, Germany during the Global Forum for >> Read more

Progress to achieve EU commitments on stunting

It was a great pleasure to welcome Nevin Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development at the European Commission (EC) and Compact2025 Leadership Council member, to IFPRI headquarters in mid-October. The world continues to make progress in reducing child stunting. However, to accelerate progress to end hunger and undernutrition in all its forms by 2025—the >> Read more

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