IFPRI’s research in Ethiopia dispelled the commonly believed causes of cereal price hikes: cross-border trade, increased demand for consumption, diversification into high-value crops, and speculative hoarding. In 2006, Ethiopian cereal prices were rising sharply and threatened food security, especially for net cereal purchasers. To develop research-based evidence to inform policy responses to the price spikes, IFPRI conducted a set of studies that examined agricultural production, markets, and prices within the country.
In response to the world food price crisis of 2007–2008, IFPRI, in collaboration with the EC, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and more recently PIM, launched the Food Security Portal (FSP). Since its inception, the FSP has been equipping policy makers with evidence and analytical tools to address food security challenges.
In April 2015, the EU Parliament voted in favor of amending the Renewable Energy Directive and related legislation to reduce the risk of indirect land-use change. IFPRI’s research helped inform the Parliament’s discussions and decision.
IFPRI and the EC's partnership has made significant strides in providing evidence-based research on food and nutrition security. At the 10th European Development Days (EDD), IFPRI continues to work with the EC and other partners to accelerate progress towards food and nutrition security.
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
IFPRI’s AgFoodTrade program comprised a series of research projects that built upon existing knowledge, data, and models to address issues relating to international trade and trade negotiations.