The journey after New York: Keeping the SDGs’ agenda in focus

This commentary by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally posted on IFPRI.org As we draw the curtain on the Millennium Development Goals, the world has successfully halved poverty and made tremendous headway in reducing hunger over the past 15 years. However, several challenges persist and new ones are emerging. For example, progress toward meeting the >> 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

IFPRI Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary in 2015

2015 is a momentous year for IFPRI as we celebrate our 40th anniversary. IFPRI was organized as a District of Columbia non-profit organization on March 5, 1975. Since then, the Institute has sought to produce and communicate influential research to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition. To mark this occasion, we will have a >> Read more

Digging deeper—hunger, undernutrition, and poverty linkages

Hunger and undernutrition are said to be causes of poverty, and these concepts are often discussed together. However, the relationship between hunger, undernutrition, and poverty is often not fully understood. Prevailing thinking considers extreme poverty to be the root cause of hunger and undernutrition, often in a one-way relationship. With the world producing more than >> Read more

Generating Income, Strengthening Agriculture

On December 11, I had the privilege of participating in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (BMZ) Flagship Forum “Securing Food. Harvesting the Future! Existing and New Approaches to Food Security” in Berlin. The forum focused on developing comprehensive and integrated approaches to achieve global food security. It brought together key members >> Read more