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

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