IFPRI turns 40

Forty years ago, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), PIM's lead center, was founded to provide research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. On November 18, IFPRI marked the occasion with “IFPRI at 40: Looking Back, Looking Forward.”  The event was livestreamed and followed on Twitter at #IFPRI40.

CGIAR leaders discuss social protection and agriculture in advance of World Food Day 2015

Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty is this year’s theme for World Food Day 2015 on October 16.  Agriculture and food security experts from across CGIAR will participate in a global campaign highlighting the role of agricultural research and projects on social protection prior to that day. Development leaders will appear >> Read more

Strengthening Myanmar’s agricultural policy system through communications and advocacy

Adapted from Caitlin Shaw's post on IFPRI's Capacity Strengthening blog with contributions from Suresh Babu. Strengthening all actors of a country's policy system is critical for a well-functioning policy process. This is particularly true for the agricultural sector in developing countries, where the participants involved in the policy process range from farmers to parliamentarians. In Myanmar, a country currently >> Read more

Strengthening capacity of National Agricultural Research Institutes

The budgets of national agricultural research institutes (NARIs) in developing countries are subject to constant scrutiny, requiring these institutions to continually justify their spending. This uncertainty threatens long term research necessary for increasing agricultural production. In their efforts to show value for funding, NARIs are recognizing the importance of impact assessment studies. When the National Institute of Agricultural >> Read more

ASTI: new interactive tools for tracking agricultural R&D

In late August 2015, the Agricultural Science & Technology Indicators (ASTI) program launched its revised website, equipped with easy-to-use tools for viewing, comparing, and downloading key data and information on agricultural research and development (R&D). According to ASTI News and Notes, the new tools allow users to: • Rank and compare the status and direction >> Read more