Small farmers can help meet Sustainable Development and Climate Goals—But they need our support

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. There is a lot of buzz in the global development community about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the pledges to cut poverty, hunger, and malnutrition while protecting the planet—signed by 193 countries. This commitment will guide global action over 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

Enhancing Profitability of Smallholder Family Farms

As the International Year of Family Farming moves past its halfway point, various discussions at the national, regional, and global levels have focused on solutions for supporting sustainable family farming. One such discussion was a Regional Consultation for the Asia-Pacific region in Chennai, India, from August 7-10, 2014, titled the “Role of Family Farming in >> Read more

Building the resilience of smallholders is key

Smallholder farmers in developing countries have a major role to play in helping to meet the future demands of a growing and increasingly rich and urbanized global population. Yet, they are hard hit by multiple shocks that have become more frequent and intense. In July, I wrote about a new report “From Subsistence to Profit: >> Read more

From subsistence to profit: Transforming smallholder farms

The global agriculture and food system is being rapidly transformed. What would be the role of smallholder farmers in this process? Is small still beautiful in today’s global food security equation? In a new report “From Subsistence to Profit: Transforming Smallholder Farms,” my co-authors and I argue that smallholders still have an important role to >> Read more

Building up small farmers

On the occasion of World Food Day, the World Economic Forum invited me to provide guest commentary on their “Forum: Blog.” In my post, “Building Up Small Farmers,” I highlighted the need to boost the resilience of smallholder farmers and the importance of their role in global food and nutrition security. The Forum plays a >> Read more