In the past couple of decades, developing countries have experimented with new ways of designing safety nets to protect their most vulnerable people. They have tried giving cash, providing food, handing over vouchers allowing recipients to buy food, and attaching conditions. But what works best to improve people’s well-being and enhance their food and nutrition security? IFPRI researchers and others have tried to answer this question in different countries and contexts, and the feature article in this issue of Insights looks at their work. The merits of these different approaches to safety nets, it turns out, vary depending on conditions in each community. The rest of this issue of Insights describes other important IFPRI research, touching on many different areas related to food policy. As always, we welcome your thoughts and comments.
Insights 5-1 Table of Contents
- Better Nutrition through Song? Pop stars deliver nutrition messages
- Insect Husbandry: Can better management help reduce pests in Cambodian rice fields?
- Into the Spotlight: Teff, Ethiopia’s staple crop, is getting new attention
- The Road from Bali: What are the prospects for a fairer global trading system?
- Portrait of Pakistan: A recent survey of rural Pakistan reveals broad deprivation
- The Right Stuff: Ethiopia opens its first fertilizer plant
- Curb Your Enthusiasm: Africa needs its own model of a Green Revolution
- Talking with Peter Timmer: Why is ending hunger so hard?
- Building Bigger Dreams: Do people’s aspirations affect their well-being?
- Untangling the Asian Enigma: Bangladesh and Nepal make real strides in nutrition
- A Place at the Policy Table: Akhter Ahmed has the ear of Bangladesh’s policymakers
- Does Money Talk? What is the best way to design safety net programs?
- Pakistan: The Young & the Restless Data on rural poverty in Pakistan