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

Big bets for a world without hunger and malnutrition

While the international community works to set the Sustainable Development Goals, which will serve as guideposts for the post-2015 agenda, Bill and Melinda Gates have made their own big bets about how the world will look in 15 years. They envisage a world in which the lives of people in poor countries are vastly improved, >> Read more

A New Year’s resolution to consider—cut food loss and waste

The holiday season is just over. In the past few weeks, numerous families around the globe filled their plates with holiday-themed food and consumed in merriment, but also discarded a lot of food. Many people are now thinking of New Year's resolutions, such as shedding the extra pounds gained from eating at various festivities. A >> 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

Working towards Global Food Security: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark

At the end of August, I traveled to Denmark to meet with Christian Friis Bach, Denmark’s dynamic Minister for Development Cooperation, and to participate in a public event with him at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Minister Bach’s major areas of interest, which I share, include green growth, sustainable agriculture, and global food and >> Read more

Africa’s Transformation

H.E. Mr. John Kufuor, former President of the Republic of Ghana, visited IFPRI on June 14 to discuss Africa’s transformation process. He emphasized that the vision that sets the trajectory for transformation should come from leadership. President Kufuor stated that challenges like poor governance, weak institutions, inequality, and lack of political voice hinder representative leadership >> Read more