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Harnessing value chains to improve food systems

Chapter 6 of the 2016 Global Food Policy Report highlights the need to adapt food systems to support nutritious and sustainably-produced diets.

A farmer from Embu, Kenya, demonstrates the loading of maize grain into a metal silo for storage

Three steps for tackling food loss and waste

An astounding  one third of all food produced  for human consumption is lost or wasted between the farm and the fork. Just think about that for a moment.

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Quality control in agricultural value chains and external certification

Imagine a world in which every box of Cheerios you opened tasted different. In developed countries, quality control measures to ensure that food products meet certain safety and quality standards play a key role in agricultural processing. These…


Starting small

How can we find cost-effective, holistic, people-centered solutions to improve food security in Africa south of the Sahara? Speakers at a recent policy seminar at IFPRI’s Washington DC office revealed an innovative project underway in Tanzania that is…

Groundnuts at Sawla market in Ghana's Northern Region.

Ghana’s groundnuts

Fungus-contaminated maize and groundnuts have been identified as the culprit for more than 40 percent of the disease burden in developing countries. Serious health concerns such as hepatitis and liver cancer have been linked to chronic exposure to…