Public expenditure in agriculture: trends, “black boxes”, and more

Sustainable growth and inclusive rural transformation require provision of key public goods and services, all of which cost money. Managing competing claims for resources within the budget process and assuring execution of budgets as planned are major challenges for all governments. Governments in poor countries face particularly hard choices in public expenditure due to scarcity >> Read more

Kyrgyzstan Spatial – a new interactive atlas promoting food security and development

Last week the University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) launched a new online platform and mapping tool Kyrgyzstan Spatial designed to help policymakers target areas of the country most vulnerable to food insecurity. 

Building resilience to crises in the Arab World

Originally posted on the  Arab Food and Nutrition Security Blog In a well-attended side event titled: Building Resilience to Crises in the Arab World at the 41st meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome, October 17th, 2014, IFPRI in collaboration with its development partners, CGIAR’s Policies, Institutions, and Markets Research Program, >> Read more

Arab Spatial launches Food Security Blog

A great collection of 4 inaugural stories of the new Arab Food Security Blog launched today to become an integral part of the Arab Spatial platform. With this valuable addition, the online atlas becomes not just a unique open-access information tool on development and food security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, >> Read more

Pioneering online tool targets improved decision making in Iraq

Cross-posted from IFPRI, originally published on the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) website. Without access to accurate and comprehensive data, decision makers and researchers struggle to develop appropriate policy agendas – they lack the information they need to determine what interventions are needed, and where, and their policies may do more >> Read more