Innovation in Insurance: Managing the Risky Business of Weather

On March 29-30, 2017, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs will host the Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C. IFPRI has been helping design and evaluate index insurance products to aid farmers in mitigating the impact and managing the risks associated with severe weather and crop loss.

Simulated Games for Stimulating Improved Water Management

World Water Day will be celebrated on March 22. IFPRI has been using experimental games on the ground to measure collective action and test theories about behaviors regarding common pool resources.

The Global Hunger Index

To rank countries and illustrate trends in hunger worldwide, IFPRI, Concern Worldwide, and Welthungerhilfe developed the Global Hunger Index (GHI), which captures four indicators of hunger: undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting, and child mortality. Using data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), and UNICEF, the index ranks countries on a 100-point scale, with 0 being the best score (no hunger) and 100 being the worst. The GHI is updated annually to track progress. By highlighting this information, the index serves as a tool for mobilizing political will and promoting effective policies to combat hunger. For more than a decade, the GHI has helped to increase country accountability in order to reduce hunger and undernutrition.

Strengthening Resilience in Latin America

Climate change and agricultural diseases threaten the food security and livelihoods of many poor people in developing countries. IFPRI’s research in Latin America examined these environmental shocks, helping to bring the urgency of adaptation and mitigation to the forefront and to convince policy makers to act to build the poor’s resilience. In the 2000s, little >> Read more

Enhancing South-South Learning: From Brazil to Africa

Brazil has made impressive progress in reducing poverty. Rural poverty has been cut almost in half, from 51 percent in 2002 to 29 percent in 2011, and family farmers’ incomes grew by 50 percent. These results were achieved partially through Fomento, a set of government-run social programs targeting smallholder farmers. When a program shows such >> Read more

Looking at Climate Change through the Gender Lens

On March 8, 2017, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. To understand women’s role in agriculture and to close the gender gap in agricultural production, IFPRI's research has been examining gender differences within rural households and communities for over 25 years.

Building Capacity for Strategic Policies and Investments in Latin America and the Caribbean

Ineffective investments and policies can be partly attributed to limited information. To help policy makers in Latin America and the Caribbean make informed decisions, IFPRI has used its research and economic modeling expertise to develop region-specific tools that enhance policy makers’ access to data, analyses, and trends. Peru has enjoyed sustained periods of economic growth >> Read more

Advancing Cutting-Edge Nutritional Interventions in Latin America

IFPRI's work continued to promote improved nutrition in Latin America through innovative evaluations and programs. From 2011 to 2016, IFPRI, in collaboration with Mercy Corps and with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), designed and evaluated the Programa Comunitario Materno Infantil de Diversificación Alimentaria (PROCOMIDA)—a nutrition program aimed at improving the health and >> Read more

Cultivating Effective Nutritional Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean

One of IFPRI’s earliest nutrition projects in Latin America and the Caribbean examined food-assisted maternal and child health and nutrition programs in Haiti. Traditionally, these programs administered nutritional interventions to children under five years of age only after they became undernourished—the recuperative approach. Although new scientific evidence was surfacing that children under two years of >> Read more

Designing Social Protection Programs in Latin America Using Evidence

The mid-1990s economic crisis in Latin America threatened to sharply increase poverty and left many people vulnerable. In response, governments in Latin America developed and implemented innovative social protection programs in the form of conditional cash transfers (CCTs). To examine the impact of these programs, several governments called on IFPRI to conduct rigorous evaluations. IFPRI’s >> Read more