Test driving the water, energy and food security nexus for Rio+20

The Rio+20United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is around the corner, and comes at a crucial time for food security around the world. Marking the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, it is due to take place in Brazil from June 20-22, 2012. I just came back from the >> Read more

Innovative Breakthrough for Women’s Empowerment

I was proud to chair the Washington DC launch of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI). The Index was born out of a dynamic and innovative partnership between USAID, IFPRI and the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative. The first of its kind, the WEAI is a composite measurement tool that indicates women’s control >> Read more

IFPRI is Committed to Scaling Up its Research in the Arab World

At the end of 2010, the Arab Awakening began, in part, because of high and volatile food prices, persistent poverty, and hunger in many parts of the region. The Arab world has seen much political change since and now faces an important turning point. The sense of urgency to implement lasting positive change in the >> Read more

Integrated, Sustainable, and Shared Growth at Davos

I have just returned from the 2012 World Economic Forum Annual Meetingheld in Davos, Switzerland. The Davos meeting, which attracts some of the world’s biggest movers and shakers, took place this year as the world faces slowed and uncertain economic growth and continuing shifts in economic power toward emerging and developing economies. Discussions focused on >> Read more

Greening the Economy through Agriculture

On January 21, I had a chance to attend the 77th Berlin International Green Week (IGW) which is an international exhibition for the food, agricultural, and horticultural industries. I gave a keynote speech on Achieving Food and Nutrition Security while Switching to a Green Economy as part of the International Business Panel on “Food Security >> Read more

New leadership and vision at the FAO

I had the chance to meet with the new FAO Director General, José Graziano da Silva on January 16 in Rome, together with Dr. Marie Ruel, the Division Director of IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division. Dr. Graziano da Silva reiterated the key pillars of his mandate: targeting hunger, supporting sustainable food production and consumption >> Read more