UK (Department for International Development)

A longstanding partner to IFPRI, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) is the largest bilateral donor to development-focused research. As such, DFID fosters the new technologies and ideas that are essential to tackling some of our greatest challenges. In June 2002, the International Development Act made poverty reduction the official focus of DFID’s work, and the department has risen to meet the challenge. DFID’s support has contributed to IFPRI’s work tackling root causes of hunger, particularly in Africa. It emphasizes improving agricultural productivity and innovation, promoting climate change resiliency, and ensuring food and nutrition security through cash transfers, biofortification, and other means. In 2010, IFPRI’s collaborated with DFID’s Foresight Food and Farming study that produced innovative evidence on the increasing pressure on the global food system.

Recently at IFPRI’s 40th Anniversary event, Tim Wheeler, Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser for DFID shared how IFPRI’s evidence-based research has impacted the agency and its work towards food and nutrition security. He said, “IFPRI has been at the forefront of many aspects of development…successful in elevating debates to high-level policymakers transforming development packages.”

For more on the projects that IFPRI and DFID partnered together, please go to this brochure.

IFPRI & DFID: 30 years of Making a Difference

IFPRI’s work in providing cutting-edge research on food and nutrition security has long depended on strategic partnerships with donors, universities, research organizations, and others around the world. One of the Institute’s key collaborators is the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), which has served as a strategic and collaborative donor and partner to IFPRI for more than 30 years.

Highlights of IFPRI and DFID Partnership

For more than 40 years, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has been providing cutting-edge research and policy options on food and nutrition security to partners in donor and recipient countries around the world.

Innovation in Insurance: Managing the Risky Business of Weather

On March 29-30, 2017, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs will host the Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C. IFPRI has been helping design and evaluate index insurance products to aid farmers in mitigating the impact and managing the risks associated with severe weather and crop loss.

Enhancing South-South Learning: From Brazil to Africa

Brazil has made impressive progress in reducing poverty. Rural poverty has been cut almost in half, from 51 percent in 2002 to 29 percent in 2011, and family farmers’ incomes grew by 50 percent. These results were achieved partially through Fomento, a set of government-run social programs targeting smallholder farmers. When a program shows such >> Read more

Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA)

Agriculture is the primary livelihood for nearly half the population of South Asia, and yet its potential to reduce undernutrition remains unrealized. One-third of children in South Asia are stunted. Despite increasing political will to improve nutrition, evidence has been sparse on how agriculture and agrifood systems can be better designed to improve nutrition. In 2012, a research consortium called Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) was formed among the Collective on Social Science Research in Pakistan, BRAC, the Leverhulme Centre for Integrated Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and IFPRI, under the leadership of the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation and with support from UK's Department for International Development (DFID). The aim was to generate evidence to strengthen the nutrition sensitivity of agrifood systems in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.

Highlights of Food Policy Research for Latin America and the Caribbean

This brochure highlights the national and local collaborations IFPRI has been engaged in Latin America and the Caribbean. For more than 30 years, IFPRI’s research and collaboration have contributed to positive changes, including enhancing the culture of accountability and generating groundbreaking evidence that has strengthened resilience, improved nutrition, and spurred strategic food security policies and >> Read more