Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In a February 2012 speech, Bill Gates declared, “If you care about the poorest, you care about agriculture. Investments in agriculture are the best weapons against hunger and poverty, and they have made life better for billions of people.”

For many years, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has been actively working with IFPRI to bring this vision into action, focusing on sustainable agricultural growth, investment in agricultural research, provision of safety nets to strengthen resilience, prioritization of nutrition interventions for women and children, property rights and management of natural resources, and much more. Together, BMGF and IFPRI have produced cutting-edge research and set measurable targets for increasing agricultural productivity.

Highlights of this innovative collaboration is in this brochure.

HarvestPlus: Reducing micronutrient malnutrition

Since 2004, alongside 70 partner organizations in more than 40 countries, HarvestPlus, which is supported by several transformational donors including the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), has sought to reduce micronutrient malnutrition through biofortification. This means conventionally breeding staple food crops with higher levels of key micronutrients—namely, iron, vitamin A, and zinc—identified by >> Read more

Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA)

IFPRI leads the policy research component of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), a regional effort designed to raise agricultural productivity and enhance farmers’ incomes. Between 2010 and 2015, more than one million farmers in Bangladesh benefited from higher yields because of stress-tolerant rice varieties distributed by CSISA.

Alive & Thrive

Alive & Thrive is a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation–funded initiative aims to combat global child undernutrition and strengthen the promotion of and support for appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam. In Bangladesh, the Alive & Thrive initiative reached 1.7 million mothers of children under two with information on IYCF. In addition, Alive & Thrive supported the adoption and implementation of a unified, national IYCF communication strategy in Bangladesh.

IFPRI: Strengthening Food and Nutrition Policies and Programs in Bangladesh

IFPRI has played an important role promoting evidence-based policies and investments, contributing to Bangladesh’s remarkable progress. The Institute’s work will be celebrated at its Bangladesh Country Office Inaugural Ceremony on October 24, 2016 in Dhaka.

Highlights of Recent IFPRI Research and Partnerships in Bangladesh

This brochure highlights some of IFPRI’s major projects in Bangladesh during the past few decades and describes major new initiatives with the potential to positively influence food and nutrition security policies that benefit the poorest. Bangladesh has made enormous progress in food and nutrition security, food production, market development, employment growth, and social protection programs >> Read more

ReSAKSS: 10 Years of Promoting Evidence-Based Policy Planning and Implementation under CAADP

Ten years after its establishment, the IFPRI-facilitated ReSAKSS in Africa serves as a vital support to the implementation of CAADP. On October 18-20, 2016, the 2016 ReSAKSS Annual Conference will be held in Accra, Ghana to review and discuss the CAADP implementation.