Role of emerging countries in global food security

Global food insecurity remains a serious problem. In 2010, more than 900 million people are still hungry, and progress toward reaching the first Millennium Development Goal of halving the world’s proportion of malnourished people is off track by a wide margin. But the global environment within which food insecurity persists is changing in important ways. >> Read more

Future food price crises can be prevented

A new report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) challenges previous analyses of the food price crisis of 2007-08. Using recently available data, Reflections on the Global Food Crisis identifies the key causes of the price surge, its consequences for the world’s poor people, and the implications for future policies. Read the report

University of Minnesota Honors Ruben Echeverria

Sustainably Feeding the World: The Next 40 Years View more presentations from Shenggen Fan. The University of Minnesota honored Ruben Echeverria, Director General of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) with its Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals at a Mini-Symposium, "Sustainably Feeding the World, " on Monday, October 18. Shenggen Fan gave the presentation >> Read more

Five Steps to Prevent a Repeat of the 2007–08 Food Crisis

Five Steps to Prevent a Repeat of the 2007–08 Food Crisis (Presentation) View more presentations from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Statement by Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI October 1, 2010 The recent volatility of agricultural commodity prices has caused some observers to wonder if another food crisis, similar to the one that occurred >> Read more

How to Strengthen the Role of the Private Sector in Global Food Security?

Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute 2010 United Nations Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals September 22, 2010 Given the right incentives, the private sector can provide effective and sustainable investment, unique expertise, and innovation at a greater scale to help in the fight against hunger. The potential opportunities for >> Read more

We Can Halve Hunger, If We Change the Way We Do Business

Press statement by Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in advance of MDG summit A decade ago, the international community committed itself to halving the percentage of people who go hungry. When world leaders meet next week to review implementation of this and other Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), they need to >> Read more

Investing in Agriculture and Social Protection for Halving Hunger and Poverty

Investing in Agriculture and Social Protection for Halving Hunger and Poverty View more presentations from Shenggen Fan.

IFPRI Director General on Flooding in Pakistan

Source: flickr (Vicki Francis / DFID) Young men in front of a flooded field in Pakistan The flooding in Pakistan is one of the largest humanitarian disasters in recent memory. The crisis is affecting about 15 million people, almost a tenth of the population of the world’s sixth most populous country. Water has inundated about >> Read more

2020 conference video interview

Interview with IFPRI Director General, Shenggen Fan, about the purpose of the forthcoming international conference, "Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health" -- http://www.ifpri.org/2020-agriculture... -- to be held February 10-12, 2011 in New Delhi.

Halving Hunger: Meeting the First Millennium Development Goal through "Business as Unusual"

In 2000, the world’s leaders set a target of halving the percentage of hungry people between 1990 and 2015. This rather modest target constitutes part of the first Millennium Development Goal, which also calls for halving the proportion of people living in poverty and achieving full employment. However, the effort to meet the hunger target >> Read more