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

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