Building Resilience Tops Agenda at Global Conference in Ethiopia

cross-posted from IFPRI Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 13, 2014—Poor countries and vulnerable people are facing a barrage of shocks: economic shocks such as volatile food prices and financial crises; environmental shocks and natural disasters such as droughts, floods, and earthquakes; food safety, diseases, and health shocks; and social and political shocks such as conflicts and >> Read more

Unsustainable use of groundwater may threaten global food security

In celebration of this year's World Water Day (March 22, 2014), this blog tells about the role of groundwater in food security and is based on the interim results of ongoing research by IWMI and IFPRI supported by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM).

Enhancing Resilience in Arab Countries

On 16 January, Ambassadors and representatives from Arab countries, researchers, and development partners will gather in Rome, Italy to discuss how the Arab region can work to reduce the impact of crises like conflict, natural disasters and global spikes in food prices, especially on the rural poor. Organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development >> Read more

New Funding for Foresight Modeling Under PIM

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently approved a new three-year phase of funding for the Global Futures Strategic Foresight Program. The Program was developed to evaluate the potential impact of new technologies particularly important to poor consumers and smallholder farmers. Phase 2 will build upon initial efforts and will further develop the program as >> Read more