Changing climate—Policy innovations important for a resilient global agriculture and food system

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest Report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, is a reminder that swift and concrete actions are needed to avert the negative impacts of a changing climate. Key findings from the report on risks to food security and food production systems include: Declining crop yields Potential effects >> Read more

Family farming and women: Exploiting untapped potential

2014 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Family Farming. This is an important recognition as most small farms are family-based and make a significant contribution to global food security and nutrition. But smallholder farmers are not the same and no one-size-fits-all strategy can effectively address the diverse challenges and >> Read more

Global leaders reshaping agriculture and food security agenda in Davos

I just returned from Davos where I participated in a number of events as part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014, January 22-25. The meeting, themed “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics, and Business,” brought together leaders from government, business, international organizations, academia, and civil society to map out key >> Read more

Toward food secure China

Food security in China is increasingly challenged by a combination of different factors such as increasing demand, rapid urbanization, limited natural resources and rural labor supply, and higher risk of food safety and environmental problems. The No 1 Central Document released by the government of China on Sunday, January 19, reiterated the importance of improving >> Read more

Expanded partnerships for impact

At the end of November, I participated in two very exciting development events in Brussels. My first stop was IFPRI’s workshop, Partnering for Impact: IFPRI-European Research Collaboration for Improved Food and Nutrition Security. The all-day workshop brought together 80 of IFPRI’s European partners to discuss how we can strengthen our partnership to have the highest >> Read more

Accelerating results in Africa: Reflections from my recent trip

In the first half of November, I traveled to Ethiopia, Kenya, and Senegal. My first stop was in Nairobi, Kenya to take part in CGIAR-wide meetings, including the CGIAR Knowledge Day (an event to assess how the CGIAR Research Programs can best contribute to the system-level goals). In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I met with top >> Read more