Book: Food price volatility and its implications for food security and policy

Excerpted from the Foreword to the book written by Per Pinstrup-Andersen The new book edited by Matthias Kalkuhl, Joachim von Braun, and Maximo Torero, is devoted to the stability dimension of food security and in particular the causes, consequences, and remedies related to extreme events in food markets. Volatility is a measure of risk and uncertainty which, in >> Read more

Book: Earthquake lessons from China: Coping and rebuilding strategies

Cross-posted from IFPRI Publications The Wenchuan County earthquake of 2008 was the most severe earthquake, as measured in sheer magnitude, in the history of the People’s Republic of China. Killing almost 90,000 people and creating economic losses of 845 billion yuan (US$132 billion), the earthquake also elicited a vigorous response from various government agencies, private businesses, >> Read more

Gender and Land Statistics: new FAO info-note based on a collaborative work with PIM

FAO Gender and Land team has recently published a new info-note on the linkages between Gender and Land Statistics. Land statistics disaggregated by sex are essential to highlighting the disparities in secure land rights between women and men. With that in mind, in 2014 FAO joined forced with the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, >> Read more

Report: Workshop on best practice methods for assessing the impact of policy-oriented research

Methods and practice for the impact evaluation of policy-oriented research (POR) lag behind many other research sectors, such as agricultural technology research, making it difficult to prioritize investments in POR and retarding institutional learning about how to make POR more effective. To address these issues within the context of CGIAR, a workshop on “Best Practice >> Read more

Economics of land degradation and improvement

A policy seminar that happened last week at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in advance of the World Soil Day featured findings of a new book about land degradation, which is occurring in almost all terrestrial biomes and agro-ecologies, in both low and high income countries. It is stretching to about 30% of the total global land >> Read more