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