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

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