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

Move to end hunger and malnutrition by 2025: Reflections from my recent trip to Asia-Pacific

I recently returned from a two-week trip to Australia and Singapore where through various platforms, I interacted with donors, policy-makers, and researchers on how we can best work together to end hunger and malnutrition by 2025. Ensuring food security and nutrition for all is a monumental task, but the costs of hunger and malnutrition are >> Read more

Enhancing Profitability of Smallholder Family Farms

As the International Year of Family Farming moves past its halfway point, various discussions at the national, regional, and global levels have focused on solutions for supporting sustainable family farming. One such discussion was a Regional Consultation for the Asia-Pacific region in Chennai, India, from August 7-10, 2014, titled the “Role of Family Farming in >> Read more

Resilience critical to end hunger and undernutrition by 2025

IFPRI’s 2020 Conference “Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security” that just concluded in Addis Ababa was very stimulating and successful. I was impressed by the dynamic discourses among over 800 participants during the course of three days in 24 plenary and parallel sessions, 21 side events, and a knowledge fair. The momentum for moving >> Read more

Tanzania: Fast economic transformation, but slow progress for food security and nutrition

As one of the fast-growing economies in Africa, Tanzania has experienced significant economic transformation, although to a lesser extent in agriculture. Average annual GDP growth from 2005–12 is about 7 percent—in agriculture it is 4 percent (World Bank). For Africa south of the Sahara (SSA), the comparable average for both economic and agricultural growth stands >> Read more

Family farming and women: Exploiting untapped potential

2014 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Family Farming. This is an important recognition as most small farms are family-based and make a significant contribution to global food security and nutrition. But smallholder farmers are not the same and no one-size-fits-all strategy can effectively address the diverse challenges and >> Read more