IFPRI-Nigeria partnership for transformation

Rapid urbanization is dramatically changing demographics throughout the world, and especially in Nigeria. New research shows urbanization has been underestimated in Nigeria so far—already in 2010, 46 percent of the Nigerian population lived in urban areas, up from 31 percent found in previous assessments. While Nigeria has made impressive gains made in the service industry, >> Read more

Inclusive and sustainable development: Visit to UNIDO

In parts of the developing world, economies are growing and transforming, and many countries are becoming more urban. These changes have implications for food security and nutrition, along with many other development goals. To ensure that all people and the planet benefit from these changes, development must be inclusive and sustainable. Along these lines, I >> Read more

Research collaboration for a nexus approach: IFPRI and IIASA

Ensuring food security and nutrition comes with multi-dimensional challenges. A nexus approach—between water, land, and energy—is critical for programs to address some of these challenges by getting the most out of scarce resources while minimizing tradeoffs. I recently discussed the potential to advance a nexus approach for sustainable development with Dr. Pavel Kabat, the Director >> Read more

Measuring progress of healthy diets from sustainable food systems: 2017 EAT-Stockholm Food Forum

To sustainably feed a growing population with safe, nutritious foods, all relevant stakeholders must work together. The 2017 EAT-Stockholm Food Forum was an important convening of many key actors to support a healthy, sustainable food system. I especially applaud Dr. Gunhild Stordalen and her team at the EAT Initiative for successfully putting on such an >> Read more

Break the Vicious Circle of Underdevelopment, Climate Change and Refugee Crisis

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. The plight of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea has dominated the headlines this year. While we must provide them with emergency assistance - food, shelter and medical services - in order to get to the bottom of >> 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