Tough policy choices among agriculture, food, nutrition, and the environment: Reflections from my recent trip to India

I recently visited several organizations and government agencies throughout India to discuss the challenges and opportunities the country currently faces. India is at a crossroads. Policy debates are ongoing between the need for agricultural growth, improved food security, better nutrition and health, and natural resource protection. There is a need for evidence based policy options >> Read more

Generating Income, Strengthening Agriculture

On December 11, I had the privilege of participating in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (BMZ) Flagship Forum “Securing Food. Harvesting the Future! Existing and New Approaches to Food Security” in Berlin. The forum focused on developing comprehensive and integrated approaches to achieve global food security. It brought together key members >> Read more

New Chinese leadership must take measures to continue the transformation of rural areas

I was recently invited to provide guest commentary for the China Daily, where my contribution, “Accelerating Rural Reforms,” highlighted the need for China's new leadership to continue the country's push to accelerate rural development. China’s rural development has been noteworthy in recent years. Agricultural output has continually increased, rural incomes have improved significantly, and the >> Read more

Building the world’s newest nation—South Sudan: Agriculture must be the top priority

The Honorable Dr. Betty Achan Ogwaro, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry for the Republic of South Sudan, visited IFPRI on October 23 to discuss areas for future collaboration. She also participated in the seminar, “A New Path Forward: Agriculture and Food Security Strategy for South Sudan,” where she outlined a plan for sustainable agricultural development >> Read more

Australia’s rising role in global food security: Reflections from a recent trip

I recently returned from a trip to Australia where I took part in several high-level events and visited key Australian international development institutions. My first stop was the 2012 Crawford Fund Annual Parliamentary Conference in Canberra, one of Australia’s preeminent annual events which brings together some of the world’s most influential decision makers and researchers >> Read more

Building up small farmers

On the occasion of World Food Day, the World Economic Forum invited me to provide guest commentary on their “Forum: Blog.” In my post, “Building Up Small Farmers,” I highlighted the need to boost the resilience of smallholder farmers and the importance of their role in global food and nutrition security. The Forum plays a >> Read more