January 18, 2017 marks the second Global Pulse Day designed to emphasize the benefits of pulses for farmers, consumers, and the environment. IFPRI’s research, technical support, and outreach activities on pulses have provided inputs to policy discussions.
For nearly four decades, IFPRI has been working closely with the Indian Government in ensuring food and nutrition security in the country. In 2005, IFPRI opened its New Delhi Office with then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh cutting the ribbon. IFPRI and India’s partnership played a particularly important role following the Green Revolution when that partnership showed the strong impact of agricultural growth on poverty reduction. In the late 1970s, the Indian government sought food security solutions that extended beyond food aid; technology and rural development played leading roles in the IFPRI-India working relationship during that period.
For decades that followed, IFPRI’s cutting-edge research in India tackled public expenditure and poverty in rural India, transformation of Indian agriculture, high-value agriculture, malnutrition, public investment, climate change, value chains, capacity strengthening, and biofortification.
To read more on the extensive work IFPRI has in India, go to this brochure.
To feed the growing world population, agricultural productivity needs to increase without compromising conservation of the world’s natural resources. Recognizing that research and innovation are essential to achieving a balance between productivity and sustainability, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has collaborated with IFPRI to conduct research and develop solutions such >> Read more
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
MOTIVATION IFPRI’s nutrition work in India has sought to provide solutions to what many have dubbed as the "Indian enigma," which is the persistent and widespread malnutrition India continues to face despite rapid economic growth in recent decade, through research on the multiple pathways that can affect nutrition. The Transform Nutrition Consortium, a six-year (2011– >> Read more