Small farmers can help meet Sustainable Development and Climate Goals—But they need our support

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. There is a lot of buzz in the global development community about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the pledges to cut poverty, hunger, and malnutrition while protecting the planet—signed by 193 countries. This commitment will guide global action over the >> Read more

Break the Vicious Circle of Underdevelopment, Climate Change and Refugee Crisis

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. The plight of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea has dominated the headlines this year. While we must provide them with emergency assistance - food, shelter and medical services - in order to get to the bottom of >> 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

Battered But Not Broken: Building a Resilient Food System in Nepal

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. While the major earthquakes in Nepal appear to have ended, the need to prepare for future disasters has not. The April 25th quake killed thousands, while leaving millions homeless, and has put roughly 3.5 million people in need of food assistance. Two >> Read more

Changing climate—Policy innovations important for a resilient global agriculture and food system

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest Report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, is a reminder that swift and concrete actions are needed to avert the negative impacts of a changing climate. Key findings from the report on risks to food security and food production systems include: Declining crop yields Potential effects >> 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