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

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

Compact2025: New partnership for ending global hunger and undernutrition

At the recent Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), I had the great opportunity to offer a statement congratulating FAO, WHO, partners, and countries for their commitment to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. The two main outcome documents of the conference, the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action, are great signs of 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

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

Securing West Africa’s Food Security: Reflections from a Recent Trip

At the end of June through early July, I traveled to West Africa—Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo. While I was there, I was able to observe firsthand the extent and severity of the drought ravaging the Sahel region, particularly in Burkina Faso. Sporadic rains, which set in at the beginning of last year’s cropping >> Read more