Aligning efforts to track progress of food systems

A food system approach will be critical to end hunger and malnutrition, and achieve multiple Sustainable Development Goals. Comprehensively tracking food systems is essential to ensure that food systems are contributing to sustainable development. Indeed, a tool to track countries’ food systems has broad appeal—it can diagnose issues in food systems, inform policy priorities, identify >> Read more

From commitment to action to end hunger and undernutrition in Africa by 2025

African leaders are committed to ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025—goals included in the Malabo Declaration, which was adopted in 2013. Yet despite laudable commitments, hunger is on the rise and undernutrition persists in Africa. To transform commitments to action, leadership, accountability, and setting priorities will be key. This was my message to the African >> Read more

Progress to achieve EU commitments on stunting

It was a great pleasure to welcome Nevin Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development at the European Commission (EC) and Compact2025 Leadership Council member, to IFPRI headquarters in mid-October. The world continues to make progress in reducing child stunting. However, to accelerate progress to end hunger and undernutrition in all its forms by 2025—the >> Read more

IFPRI-Nigeria partnership for transformation

Rapid urbanization is dramatically changing demographics throughout the world, and especially in Nigeria. New research shows urbanization has been underestimated in Nigeria so far—already in 2010, 46 percent of the Nigerian population lived in urban areas, up from 31 percent found in previous assessments. While Nigeria has made impressive gains made in the service industry, >> Read more

Inclusive and sustainable development: Visit to UNIDO

In parts of the developing world, economies are growing and transforming, and many countries are becoming more urban. These changes have implications for food security and nutrition, along with many other development goals. To ensure that all people and the planet benefit from these changes, development must be inclusive and sustainable. Along these lines, I >> Read more

Research collaboration for a nexus approach: IFPRI and IIASA

Ensuring food security and nutrition comes with multi-dimensional challenges. A nexus approach—between water, land, and energy—is critical for programs to address some of these challenges by getting the most out of scarce resources while minimizing tradeoffs. I recently discussed the potential to advance a nexus approach for sustainable development with Dr. Pavel Kabat, the Director >> Read more