Getting Ahead of the Game: Strengthening Resilience to Reduce Poverty

Over the years, various shocks (such as climate change and conflicts)  have  become increasingly frequent and intense in developing countries, adversely affecting agricultural growth, negatively impacting farmers’ lives, pushing people into poverty, and threatening people’s ability to lift themselves out of poverty.  To  help  the  most  vulnerable  people  tackle these shocks in the long term, USAID >> Read more

Championing Evidence- Based Regional Agricultural Policies and Mutual Accountability

In 2003, African countries came together with a common vision to accelerate Africa’s growth through agriculture- led development. Out of this vision, the African Union launched the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)—a policy framework for agricultural transformation, wealth creation, food security and nutrition, economic growth, and prosperity  for all of Africa by addressing key >> Read more

Ghana Strategy Support Program

The Ghana Strategy Support Program (GSSP), established in 2005, produced critical evidence that contributed to the foundation of the country’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) process, roundtable, and country compact. For example, in 2008, GSSP’s paper “Accelerating Growth and Structural Transformation: Ghana’s Options for Reaching Middle-Income Country Status” was used as an input to >> Read more

HarvestChoice

HarvestChoice is another cutting-edge  program  co-led by IFPRI and University of Minnesota with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets, and USAID. This program  generates  reliable  and  accurate data, tools, and knowledge products that help guide strategic  policy  and  investment  decisions  to  improve the well-being of >> Read more

Program for Biosafety Systems

Advancements brought by biotechnology—namely, improved crop varieties—have been known to enhance agricultural innovation, productivity, and farmers’  incomes.  To  support  countries  in  Africa and Asia in the responsible development and use of biotechnology, USAID and IFPRI launched the Program  for Biosafety Systems (PBS) in 2003. Since then, PBS has  been  providing  technical  support,  legal  analysis, and >> Read more

Championing Evidence-Based Agricultural Policy: Committing to agriculture investments through CAADP

In 2003, DFID and other funders requested IFPRI’s involvement in supporting the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) agenda of scaling up agriculture investments. The 2014 Malabo Declaration outlines seven commitments for advancing CAADP and transforming Africa’s agricultural growth and development. In the declaration, African leaders recommitted to the principles and values of CAADP, including >> Read more

Ethiopian Strategy Support Program: Country-led, country-driven development

The overall goal of IFPRI’s Country Strategy Support Program (CSSP) is to promote greater progress toward sustainable and pro-poor growth in developing countries by improving the design and implementation of development strategies. One of these successful efforts is the Ethiopia Strategy Support Program (ESSP), launched in 2004 with support from DFID and other donors. ESSP >> Read more

Increasing Strategic Agricultural Public Spending in Nigeria: Transforming the sector

With the support of DFID, IFPRI has for many years been at the forefront of measuring how public expenditures affect agricultural productivity and rural poverty. The strategic allocation of public expenditures in agriculture is crucial to ensuring food and nutrition security, and poverty reduction. In Nigeria, increasing agricultural productivity promises positive impacts on the poor, >> Read more

Preschool Nutrition in Guatemala and Zimbabwe: Lifelong benefits

DFID’s support of IFPRI has enabled researchers to produce landmark work confirming that early nutrition matters for development later in life. Specifically, IFPRI’s research has shown that investing in preschool nutrition has long-term positive health and economic impacts—and that failing to invest can wreak long-term damage. In 2006, IFPRI determined that undernourished preschoolers in Zimbabwe >> Read more

Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme: Enhancing people’s resilience

Ethiopia is one of the poorest, most populous, and largest countries in Africa. It has suffered challenging conditions over the past several decades—such as the 1984 drought combined with civil war that resulted in a catastrophic famine. Over the years, Ethiopia has received a large share of Africa’s emergency food aid. In 2005, the Government >> Read more