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

Agriculture and Food Security in China: Ten Years of WTO Membership

On December 11, China celebrated its ten year anniversary as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Joining the WTO has been a significant “coming of age” step for the Chinese economy, presenting both opportunities and challenges for China’s future development.

Welcoming Secretary Clinton to IFPRI

On August 11th 2011, Hillary Rodham Clinton, U. S. Secretary of State, visited IFPRI and delivered an address on the food security crisis in the Horn of Africa. In her inspiring address she emphasized the urgent needs of those affected by the current famine and the need for longer term interventions that rely on the research and analysis provided by organizations like ours to ensure food security in the region.

Drought in the Horn of Africa

On behalf of IFPRI, I would like to express my sympathy to those who are suffering in the Horn of Africa and my commitment to seeing the damage from this crisis reversed. In a statement I made at the peak of the crisis, I highlight urgent actions that must be taken to help people in the Horn of Africa cope with the current emergency and prevent future drought-induced food crises.