Book: Agricultural research in Africa: Investing in future harvests

Cross-posted from IFPRI In Agricultural Research in Africa: Investing in Future Harvests, researchers and other development specialists examine the state of agricultural research and development (R&D) in the region and how such R&D can be improved. The research is an output of Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI), led by the International Food Policy Research >> Read more

CIMMYT gathers partners to discuss biotic stress and crop model integration

When crops are damaged by other living organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, insects and other pests, weeds or even cultivated plants competing for space and nutrients, we talk of the biotic stress. Biotic stresses are a major constraint to agricultural productivity in low and middle income countries. They affect poor producers and consumers the >> Read more

Press-release: Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean “Well Placed” to Feed Growing Global Population Due to Increased Investment in Agricultural Research

Cross-posted from IFPRI April 27, 2016, Washington, D.C.—New data show that Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is well situated to face the demands of a growing global population in the face of climate change, thanks to an increase in agricultural research investment since 2000. The data from Agricultural Science & Technology Indicators (ASTI), released >> Read more

Workshop: Impact evaluation for definition of priorities of agricultural research

Climate change, growing population, mounting pressure on existing productive resources call for innovation and more sustainable approaches in agriculture worldwide. The attention to agricultural innovation in Latin America is high, supported by a set of public and private initiatives financed by international credit institutions, such as the World Bank, national governments, and private organizations. As >> Read more

Biotechnology and agriculture: facing opportunity and criticism of equal proportion

David Spielman, senior research fellow at IFPRI and PIM’s leader of the Science Policy and Incentives for Innovation research cluster, recently participated in the International Symposium on The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In his blog Walking the >> Read more