Learning from successes in agricultural development is now more urgent than ever.
Motivation The first decade of the twenty-first century has seen two food price crises that adversely affected poor people across the globe. During the next 40 years, as the world population approaches 9 billion and incomes in many developing countries continue to rise, agricultural production will struggle to meet increasing food demand. Climate change will >> Read more
Motivation Nutrition and access to nutritious foods are vital in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Undernutrition heightens vulnerability to disease transmission, and pairing antiretroviral drug therapies with adequate nutrition increases their effectiveness. Income inequality and food insecurity have also been found to increase the likelihood of exposure to HIV, driving up rates of infection >> Read more
Motivation In the early 2000s, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and USAID supported IFPRI’s implementation of the South Asia Initiative, aimed at addressing the region’s persistent problems of poverty and hunger using policy research, capacity strengthening, and policy dialogues. As one part of the initiative, IFPRI created the Policy Analysis and Advisory Network for South >> Read more
Motivation In most of Asia, irrigation plays a key role in food production, employment generation, and agricultural and economic growth. Increasing water scarcity in Asia has raised concerns about how agriculture will share this valuable resource with rapidly growing industries and urban centers. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) supported IFPRI research in Indonesia and Vietnam >> Read more
Promoting Competitiveness and Inclusiveness Motivation Rapid economic growth in Indonesia has led to a rising demand for food quality and food safety, as well as the growth of supermarkets. Will smallholders benefit from supplying these growing markets, or will they be marginalized by their inability to meet the quality and quantity requirements of large-scale retailers? >> Read more
In spite of its promising agricultural potential, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the highest rate of malnutrition in the world.
Is it better to treat child undernutrition or prevent it?
When cotton prices drop in producing countries, rural poverty rates tend to increase.
Motivation In addition to inflicting incalculable human suffering, Sierra Leone’s civil war deeply affected the country’s economy, the agricultural sector in particular. Just before the war in 1991, Sierra Leone had a poverty rate of approximately 30 percent; by 2000, that figure had skyrocketed to roughly 72 percent, giving the country one of the highest >> Read more