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

Innovative Breakthrough for Women’s Empowerment

I was proud to chair the Washington DC launch of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI). The Index was born out of a dynamic and innovative partnership between USAID, IFPRI and the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative. The first of its kind, the WEAI is a composite measurement tool that indicates women’s control >> Read more

Boosting Agrotechnology in China

Every year, the Chinese government’s official Document Number 1 focuses on agriculture. The documents’ themes have included rural–urban development linkages in 2010, water conservancy in 2011, and now agricultural science and technology in 2012. Obviously, China has been keeping an alert eye on its rural and agricultural sectors for some time. But more can be >> Read more

New leadership and vision at the FAO

I had the chance to meet with the new FAO Director General, José Graziano da Silva on January 16 in Rome, together with Dr. Marie Ruel, the Division Director of IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division. Dr. Graziano da Silva reiterated the key pillars of his mandate: targeting hunger, supporting sustainable food production and consumption >> Read more