Ethiopia Strategy Support Program

At the request of the Government of Ethiopia, USAID and IFPRI, with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Canadian International  Development  Agency,  the  Netherlands, and Irish Aid launched the Ethiopia Strategy Support Program (ESSP), the first CSSP, in 2004. ESSP is a collaborative program between IFPRI and the Ethiopian Development Research >> 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

HarvestPlus: Biofortification

Since the founding of HarvestPlus, a joint venture by IFPRI and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), USAID has been an important partner in addressing “hidden hunger”—malnutrition caused by micronutrient deficiencies—by breeding high levels of micronutrients into staple crops through a process called biofortification. HarvestPlus has successfully improved access to biofortified crops, resulting in >> Read more

Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally

In 2011, USAID launched the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project to scale up high-impact nutrition practices and policies from different countries. With assistance from IFPRI,  SPRING  provides  governments  with  state-of-the- art  technical  support  focused  on  preventing  stunting and maternal and child anemia in the first 1,000 days, linking agriculture and >> 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