Statement by Shenggen Fan on World Water Day

The following statement was originally published in the IFPRI blog in conjunction with World Water Day on March 22, 2015. On the occasion of World Water Day, it is imperative that all nations and stakeholders rise to the collective challenge of using water sustainably. Anything less will imperil our ability to feed the planet and >> Read more

Bangladesh Prime Minister Calls for Research to Support Development

Bangladesh has made remarkable progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). During my visit this week with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina together with Akhter Ahmed, leader of IFPRI’s Bangladesh Policy Research and Strategy Support Program (PRSSP), I applauded her on her able and dynamic leadership. At our meeting, Prime Minister Hasina emphasized the importance of >> Read more

Developing New Strategies for Nourishing the World

The World Economic Forum at Davos last month was a good opportunity for me to engage in discussions that would shape the future of sustainable development, including food security and nutrition. In a recent blog entry in the Huffington Post, I discuss multi-sectoral, people-focused approaches needed to create a healthy and inclusive food system that >> Read more

IFPRI Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary in 2015

2015 is a momentous year for IFPRI as we celebrate our 40th anniversary. IFPRI was organized as a District of Columbia non-profit organization on March 5, 1975. Since then, the Institute has sought to produce and communicate influential research to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition. To mark this occasion, we will have a >> Read more

Multisectoral approaches are key to improve nutrition in India

India has taken large strides to reduce hunger and undernutrition. According to IFPRI’s 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI), India’s GHI score declined by 6.4 points between the 2005 GHI and 2014 GHI. During the same period, prevalence of child underweight fell by 12.8 percentage points. These achievements are remarkable, but complacency must be avoided. Though >> 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