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Economist Debate on Food Prices

online at The Economist July 29- August 8 Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director General, will be participating in the debate on the proposition: “This house believes there is an upside for humanity in the rise of food prices.”  Follow the debate  at  The…

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Agricultural Investment and Virtual Global Food Reserves

This past June, world leaders met in Rome to respond to the troubling food crisis which has dragged millions of the world’s most vulnerable into poverty. The Rome Summit called for global action in regard to increased food aid, the elimination of…

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Can small-scale livestock farmers compete?

Thirty-eight year old Lorna Clerigo has been raising pigs for more than half of her lifetime. Her father taught her the ins and outs of pig production at a tender age. But Lorna started growing pigs on her own only when she got married in 1989.  With…

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G8 Leaders’ Statement on Global Food Security

Comments by Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director General July 11, 2008 It is very promising that global food security is now on the G8 agenda, and will stay there, as G8 leaders want to review progress at the next summit. It is encouraging that actions…

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Washington Post Editorial: "Another Green Revolution"

The Washington Post wrote an excellent editorial about the importance of agricultural research as food prices are on the rise. It emphasizes that the US government must renew its commitment to basic crop research and support CGIAR centers in their…

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Nanotechnology, Food, Agriculture and Development

IFPRI Policy Seminar- June 18, 2008 Imagine eating foods without absorbing harmful allergens and cholesterol into your body. Imagine farmlands in developing countries with environmental sensors that automatically release pesticides and fertilizers…

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The Supermarket Revolution in Developing Countries

Policies for “Competitiveness with Inclusiveness” Thomas Reardon and Ashok Gulati A “supermarket revolution” has been underway in developing countries since the early 1990s. Supermarkets (here referring to all modern retail, which includes chain…

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