Developing New Strategies for Nourishing the World

The World Economic Forum at Davos last month was a good opportunity for me to engage in discussions that would shape the future of sustainable development, including food security and nutrition. In a recent blog entry in the Huffington Post, I discuss multi-sectoral, people-focused approaches needed to create a healthy and inclusive food system that >> Read more

Big bets for a world without hunger and malnutrition

While the international community works to set the Sustainable Development Goals, which will serve as guideposts for the post-2015 agenda, Bill and Melinda Gates have made their own big bets about how the world will look in 15 years. They envisage a world in which the lives of people in poor countries are vastly improved, >> Read more

IFPRI Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary in 2015

2015 is a momentous year for IFPRI as we celebrate our 40th anniversary. IFPRI was organized as a District of Columbia non-profit organization on March 5, 1975. Since then, the Institute has sought to produce and communicate influential research to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition. To mark this occasion, we will have a >> Read more

A New Year’s resolution to consider—cut food loss and waste

The holiday season is just over. In the past few weeks, numerous families around the globe filled their plates with holiday-themed food and consumed in merriment, but also discarded a lot of food. Many people are now thinking of New Year's resolutions, such as shedding the extra pounds gained from eating at various festivities. A >> Read more

Compact2025: New partnership for ending global hunger and undernutrition

At the recent Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), I had the great opportunity to offer a statement congratulating FAO, WHO, partners, and countries for their commitment to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. The two main outcome documents of the conference, the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action, are great signs of a >> Read more

Multisectoral approaches are key to improve nutrition in India

India has taken large strides to reduce hunger and undernutrition. According to IFPRI’s 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI), India’s GHI score declined by 6.4 points between the 2005 GHI and 2014 GHI. During the same period, prevalence of child underweight fell by 12.8 percentage points. These achievements are remarkable, but complacency must be avoided. Though >> Read more

Overcoming the Triple Burden of Malnutrition in the MENA Region

I recently contributed to the new Arab Food Security Blog hosted on the Arab Spatial website, managed by IFPRI. My entry, “Overcoming the Triple Burden of Malnutrition in the MENA Region” discusses an increasingly prevalent issue in the region, and lays out short- and long-term strategies to overcome the triple burden of malnutrition—calorie deficiency, undernutrition, >> Read more

Preventing an Ebola-Related Food Crisis

With deaths in the thousands and more cases reported each day, the Ebola epidemic has caused tremendous suffering, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. This is not just an immense health crisis—it also threatens agriculture and food and nutrition security in the severely affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone), and >> Read more

Digging deeper—hunger, undernutrition, and poverty linkages

Hunger and undernutrition are said to be causes of poverty, and these concepts are often discussed together. However, the relationship between hunger, undernutrition, and poverty is often not fully understood. Prevailing thinking considers extreme poverty to be the root cause of hunger and undernutrition, often in a one-way relationship. With the world producing more than >> Read more

Move to end hunger and malnutrition by 2025: Reflections from my recent trip to Asia-Pacific

I recently returned from a two-week trip to Australia and Singapore where through various platforms, I interacted with donors, policy-makers, and researchers on how we can best work together to end hunger and malnutrition by 2025. Ensuring food security and nutrition for all is a monumental task, but the costs of hunger and malnutrition are >> Read more