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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Launch of IFPRI’s 2013 Global Food Policy Report | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Initiated in response to resurgent interest in food security, this annual report offers an overview of the food policy developments that have contributed to or hindered progress in food and nutrition security. It reviews what happened in food policy and why, examines key challenges and opportunities, shares new evidence and knowledge, updates key food policy indicators, and highlights emerging issues.

Contributions by IFPRI researchers and other leading food policy experts draw on rigorous research and consider a wide range of crucial questions:
  • What is the direction of the global development agenda as the world approaches the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Goals?
  • What are the best policies and investments to ensure we can end hunger and undernutrition by 2025?
  • How effective will India’s landmark National Food Security Act be in ensuring access to adequate food at affordable prices?
  • What policies, investments, and technologies will do most to sustainably increase agricultural productivity, to link smallholder farmers to markets, and to ensure that their products are safe and nutritious?
  • How do we get the politics of nutrition right, to create an environment in which policies promote food and nutrition security?
  • What have been the major developments in regions and countries where poor and hungry people reside?
page 88-92 Regional Developments (PDF 2.4M)
Ousmane Badiane, Tsitsi Makombe, and Julia Collins
This essay examines Africa’s progress in implementing CAADP and reviews significant agriculture-related developments within the region in 2013, including:
  1. efforts to better integrate issues of nutrition and resilience into national agriculture and food-security investment plans, 
  2. actions to ensure mutual accountability through agricultural joint sector reviews, and 
  3. continent-wide and subregional dialogues to address policy constraints to achieving better development outcomes.
Uploaded on 12 Mar 2014

Livestreaming video on 12 March
12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EDT (Washington)
19:15 pm to 20:45 pm (Ghana)
20:15 pm to 21:45 pm (Brussels)
22:15 pm to 23:45 pm (Addis Ababa)
22:15 pm to 23:45 pm (Nairobi)

Chair: Gwendolyn Stansbury, Division Director, Communications and Knowledge Management Division and Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI. IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan presented an overview of the major food policy developments presented in the Report, and discussed ways in which post-2015 development efforts can help achieve the aspirational target of eliminating hunger and undernutrition in a sustainable manner by 2025. 

Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for the Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution

Asma Lateef, Director, Bread for the World Institute


Tjada McKenna, Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future and Acting Assistant to the Administrator at USAID’s Bureau for Food Security .

Question and Answer session)

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