Elevating the leadership role of the US in global food security and nutrition

It was an honor to participate in a panel at the White House Summit on Global Development this morning, that discussed Feed the Future’s progress and impact to date, and explored possible ways forward for the initiative. Also on the panel were Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, and >> Read more

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

Expanded partnerships for impact

At the end of November, I participated in two very exciting development events in Brussels. My first stop was IFPRI’s workshop, Partnering for Impact: IFPRI-European Research Collaboration for Improved Food and Nutrition Security. The all-day workshop brought together 80 of IFPRI’s European partners to discuss how we can strengthen our partnership to have the highest >> Read more

Economic transformation, but also food secure? Reflections from a trip to West Africa

I was just in Dakar, Senegal for the semi-annual IFPRI Board of Trustees meeting. While I was there, I also took part in several events aimed at advancing agricultural and economic transformation in West Africa. On May 15, IFPRI, together with the Faculty of Economics and Management at Cheikh Anta Diop University and the Senegalese >> Read more

Advancing agricultural transformation in Africa

At the end of April, together with Ousmane Badiane, Director of IFPRI’s Africa Regional Office, I visited several countries in Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa, talking with key institutions and decision makers about major food and nutrition security issues.  I am pleased to see much progress has been made in agriculture and food production, but >> Read more