IFPRI-Nigeria partnership for transformation

Rapid urbanization is dramatically changing demographics throughout the world, and especially in Nigeria. New research shows urbanization has been underestimated in Nigeria so far—already in 2010, 46 percent of the Nigerian population lived in urban areas, up from 31 percent found in previous assessments. While Nigeria has made impressive gains made in the service industry, >> Read more

Climate-smart agriculture is key to ending hunger

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. I grew up on a small farm in southeastern China in the 1960s. A scene out of The Good Earth, my family and I raised chickens and pigs and eked out rice and wheat on a small plot about >> Read more

Bangladesh Prime Minister Calls for Research to Support Development

Bangladesh has made remarkable progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). During my visit this week with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina together with Akhter Ahmed, leader of IFPRI’s Bangladesh Policy Research and Strategy Support Program (PRSSP), I applauded her on her able and dynamic leadership. At our meeting, Prime Minister Hasina emphasized the importance of >> 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

Moving nutrition up on the development agenda

Nutrition is critical to the healthy physical and cognitive development of individuals, as well as overall economic development. In the last few years, several levers, including new research evidence, IFPRI’s 2020 Conference on Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health, and the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement have contributed to moving nutrition up on the global >> Read more

Towards a Post-2015 Development Agenda on Food and Nutrition Security

As the 2015 deadline of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals fast approaches, the goal of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger is not on track. While significant progress has been made, nearly 870 million individuals remain undernourished and more than 2 billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. I recently participated in the >> Read more