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

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

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

A New IFPRI Book Released on “Strategies and Priorities for African Agriculture”

Improving Africa’s agricultural sector is critical to building on the development milestones the region has achieved in the past decade, argues the new book, “Strategies and Priorities for African Agriculture: Economywide Perspectives from Country Studies.” Chapters from the book are case studies IFPRI conducted in supporting the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme >> Read more

Building capacity for country-owned development

Last week, I was invited to speak at the launch of the 2012 Africa Capacity Indicators Report, a flagship publication of the African Capacity Building Foundation. The launch brought together a number of distinguished speakers, including Dr. Mo Ibrahim, the Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, the CEO of >> Read more

Boosting Agrotechnology in China

Every year, the Chinese government’s official Document Number 1 focuses on agriculture. The documents’ themes have included rural–urban development linkages in 2010, water conservancy in 2011, and now agricultural science and technology in 2012. Obviously, China has been keeping an alert eye on its rural and agricultural sectors for some time. But more can be >> Read more