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Malawi’s subsidy splurge

Africa south of the Sahara has been plagued by low agricultural productivity while at the same time fertilizer usage has remained stubbornly low in the region. In an attempt to boost output, African governments have taken to subsidizing…

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Open Access Week 2014

The following story by  Luz Marina Alvaré, Head of Knowledge Management at IFPRI, highlights  IFPRI's commitment to Open Access as part of  Open Access Week 2014  (October 20-26). IFPRI has been committed to the core principles of the Open Access movement…

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Costs of ignoring hunger

Ignoring hunger and malnutrition will have significant costs to any country’s development. Nutrition improvement has both intrinsic and instrumental value. The following story by S. Mahendra Dev, Director of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development…

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GHI 2014: Solutions to hidden hunger

The following piece by  Amy Saltzman  and  Ekin Birol  from  HarvestPlus  shares highlights from Chapter 3, "Addressing the Challenge of Hidden Hunger," from the  2014 Global Hunger Index. Micronutrient deficiencies, or hidden hunger, afflict more than two…

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Preventing an Ebola-related food crisis

The following post by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan  was  originally published on his DG Corner blog. With deaths in the thousands and more cases reported each day, the Ebola epidemic has caused tremendous suffering, and will continue to do so for…

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Food security stocks and the potential collapse of the Bali Agreement

The following is an excerpted version of a blog story that was  originally published on the Food Security Portal’s Food for Thought blog (updated on October 24, 2014). After several days of work, and the usual posturing and drama, members of the WTO…

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Celebrating a legacy, envisioning a food secure future

The image of a female smallholder farmer eking out a living on a postage stamp-sized parcel of degraded land with a baby on her back and barely enough to feed her family may belong in the history books, but more work is needed to get to…

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Going regional for food security

The following story by Nadim Khouri, Deputy Executive Secretary at the  United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA), was  originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog. Subsidiarity is the principle that…

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Food security brings economic growth — not the other way around

The following piece by IFPRI's  Maximo Torero is an excerpt of a  story that was originally posted on the Devex Global Views blog  in honor of World Food Day (October 16). On  World Food Day, it's time to remind ourselves that economic growth is only…

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The fight against hunger cannot be won alone

The following story by Gerda Verburg, Committee on Food Security (CFS) Chair and Ambassador of the Netherlands to the UN’s Rome-based Agencies, was  originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog. With 805 million people worldwide…

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