Battered But Not Broken: Building a Resilient Food System in Nepal

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. While the major earthquakes in Nepal appear to have ended, the need to prepare for future disasters has not. The April 25th quake killed thousands, while leaving millions homeless, and has put roughly 3.5 million people in need of food assistance. Two >> Read more

Where Do the World’s Hungriest People Live? Not Where You Think

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. If you were tasked to end hunger and malnutrition in the world, you might first ask: Where do such vulnerable people live? It may be a surprise that the majority of the world's hungry and malnourished live in large >> Read more

From famine to feast in forty years: Policy matters

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. In the mid-1970s, the outlook for food supplies around the world was grim. There were talks of "food triage"-- food-rich countries would decide which food-poor countries should get food, thereby dooming the rest to death. At that point, famines in Bangladesh and Ethiopia >> Read more

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