MOTIVATION Since the 1950s, agricultural credit (a type of loan that helps farmers to undertake new investments or adopt new technologies) has been a mainstay in helping farmers bridge the gap between income and expenditures. Agricultural credit has been a basic component of the Pakistan agricultural policy strategy to improve investments in the rural sector. >> Read more
"[There] was absolutely no need to continue the ration system to 1980s, and yet it continued. But for the IFPRI’s study, it may have continued even now." - Dr. Zafur Altaf, Secretary of Pakistan's Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Food Policy in the Dynamics of Global Agriculture, a documentary video by AGCOM International.
MOTIVATION Since 2006, IFPRI has published the Global Hunger Index (GHI), an annual ranking and report that measures the state of hunger both worldwide and by country. In 2008, IFPRI—in collaboration with the German NGO Welthungerhilfe and Irish NGO Concern Worldwide— constructed the India State Hunger Index (ISHI) to compare hunger levels between states within >> Read more
MOTIVATION Pulses, such as yellow peas, pigeon peas, chickpeas, lentils, and beans, are an important source of protein and are also integral to soil health. Despite their health and environmental significance, pulses are not given sufficient attention within India. IFPRI’s work on pulses, supported by A4NH, looks at the factors that contribute to their underutilization >> Read more
MOTIVATION HarvestPlus, part of the CGIAR Research Program Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), seeks to reduce hidden hunger—also known as micronutrient deficiencies—by breeding and deploying staple food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals. It develops such crops through a process called biofortification and partners with public and private sector organizations to disseminate >> Read more
This program has contributed to pro-poor economic growth and enhanced food security through a strengthened national capacity for designing and implementing evidence-based policy reforms.