Key priorities for agricultural development with IFAD President Gilbert F. Houngbo

I had the pleasure of meeting with Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), to discuss key priorities for agricultural development, in light of persisting food insecurity and malnutrition despite global progress. Focus on supporting smallholders will be an important priority for both IFAD and IFPRI, as smallholders play a >> Read more

Water, energy, and food security: MOU signed with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity (MoWIE) of Ethiopia

It was an honor to welcome Dr. Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity of Ethiopia, to IFPRI on January 30th to sign a memorandum of understanding between IFPRI and the Ministry. As the global population continues to grow, demands for water, energy, and food will rapidly increase and further pressure scarce natural resources. >> Read more

Measuring progress of healthy diets from sustainable food systems: 2017 EAT-Stockholm Food Forum

To sustainably feed a growing population with safe, nutritious foods, all relevant stakeholders must work together. The 2017 EAT-Stockholm Food Forum was an important convening of many key actors to support a healthy, sustainable food system. I especially applaud Dr. Gunhild Stordalen and her team at the EAT Initiative for successfully putting on such an >> 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

A Balancing Act: Food for the Hungry, Fuel for your Car

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post.  It's the season for bountiful corn harvests. We consume corn in so many forms--for some, it constitutes a major part of a meal; for others, it provides fuel for an end of summer road trip. That's right, the same >> 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