Celebrating 30 years, China and the CGIAR

China formally joined the CGIAR 30 years ago, a milestone which was celebrated in early June. As part of the celebrations, I had the honor of taking part in the “Workshop on the 30th anniversary of China-CGIAR Collaboration” during the “4thGlobal Forum of Leaders for Agricultural Science and Technology.” Our key partner, Jikun Huang, Director >> Read more

IFPRI’s strong research performance

Food policies based on strong evidence are critical for promoting agricultural development and combatting global hunger and malnutrition. Food policy research at IFPRI contributes to generating this evidence. Amid a continually changing global landscape, and rapid growth of the Institute itself, I am very proud of IFPRI’s strong research productivity. IFPRI now ranks 2nd in >> Read more

Economic transformation, but also food secure? Reflections from a trip to West Africa

I was just in Dakar, Senegal for the semi-annual IFPRI Board of Trustees meeting. While I was there, I also took part in several events aimed at advancing agricultural and economic transformation in West Africa. On May 15, IFPRI, together with the Faculty of Economics and Management at Cheikh Anta Diop University and the Senegalese >> Read more

The road ahead for India’s National Food Security Bill

I recently provided a guest commentary for the East Asia Forum Quarterly. My piece “The Road Ahead for India’s National Food Security Bill” highlights the importance of India’s proposed National Food Security Bill. The bill holds the potential to improve food access for most of the country’s poor and vulnerable. However, India will need to >> Read more

Ireland and Europe’s role in advancing food and nutrition security

I just returned from a trip to Ireland, April 12 to 15, where I participated in several high-level events focusing on topics important to advancing global food and nutrition security. My first stop was the Teagasc and Royal Dublin Society Lecture themed, “Grand Challenges for Global Agriculture and Food” in Dublin. There I gave the >> Read more

Towards a Post-2015 Development Agenda on Food and Nutrition Security

As the 2015 deadline of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals fast approaches, the goal of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger is not on track. While significant progress has been made, nearly 870 million individuals remain undernourished and more than 2 billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. I recently participated in the >> Read more