Responding to Drought to Prevent Another Global Food Crisis

Below-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures have contributed to the most severe and extensive drought in the United States since the 1950s. Spanning over half the country, the severity of drought conditions increased dramatically in early July, adversely affecting crop production and driving up agricultural prices. According to the Economic Research Service of the USDA, 62 >> Read more

Partnering to Scale-up Impact

Ertharin Cousin, the new Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) and her team visited IFPRI on May 22 to discuss areas of future collaboration. Ertharin then shared her vision and plans for WFP during the policy seminar “From Good to Great: Bringing Impact to Scale at the World Food Programme.” IFPRI has a >> Read more

G8 leaders coming together for food and nutrition security

On the eve of the G8 Summit at Camp David, I was invited to write a guest commentary on “Prioritizing Increased Development Aid and Scaled-Up Investments for Food Security” as part of the 3rd Annual Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security co-hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the World Economic Forum. >> Read more

Enhancing collaboration with CAAS

Dr. Li Jiayang, the new President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), and his delegation visited IFPRI on Tuesday May 1. CAAS has been leading agricultural research and innovation in China for 55 years and is currently one of the largest agricultural research institutes in the world. The Academy serves as the focal >> Read more

Food crisis in Africa’s Sahel

Sporadic rainfall, crop shortages, and high food prices are again threatening the food and nutrition security of millions of people in Africa’s Sahel region. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 15 million people across 7 countries—Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and the Gambia—are already suffering >> Read more

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