The Power of Agriculture to Feed the Future

Both USAID and IFPRI know that unlocking the potential of agriculture is critical to breaking the vicious cycle of hunger,    malnutrition, and extreme poverty. In 2010, the US government launched Feed the Future—the country’s global hunger and food security initiative with a comprehensive approach that draws on partnerships across sectors, country leadership, and a focus >> Read more

The Gender Factor: Understanding the Impact of Empowering Women

Women make up about 43 percent of the agricultural workforce  in  many  developing  countries,  positioning them in a critical and transformative role in agricultural growth, food and nutrition security, and poverty reduction.  Women  also  play  an  important  role  within their families as income earners and caregivers. In 2010, USAID approached IFPRI and the Oxford Poverty >> Read more

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

Rural Business Hubs in India

In 2008, USAID called on IFPRI to examine how the private-sector can catalyze rural competitiveness and foster inclusiveness through rural business hubs in India. IFPRI’s evaluation of these hubs in three Indian states  helped  private-sector  partners  cut  down  the cost and improve the quality of inputs and services provided to farmers, such as weather information, >> Read more