Stories tagged: IFPRI

#IamAg! What Inspired Shenggen Fan?

Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute tells Farming First what inspired him to take up and agricultural career, and what opportunities he sees for young people in the sector.

To find out the range of exciting careers available to young people in agriculture, visit our infographic. For more interview with experts on how they were inspired to take up their careers, visit the Farming First TV channel.

Jess Fanzo: Can Changing Our Diets Change Our Climate?

In this guest post, Dr. Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Ethics and Global Food & Agriculture at Johns Hopkins University examines the relationship between our changing diets, and our changing climate.

In early December, world leaders will meet in Paris to make significant decisions on the future of our climate at the Convention of Parties (COP21) meeting. There has never been a more urgent time to take action on the changes we are witnessing with the Earth’s climate – a warmer world, rising sea levels, and more extreme, unpredictable weather events. The result of doing nothing could be disastrous for both the planet and the human race. The Lancet recently recognized the intricate link that humans have with the planet and the impact we have made: “A growing body of evidence shows that the health of humanity is intrinsically linked to the health of the environment, but by its actions humanity now threatens to destabilise the Earth’s key life-support systems.”  Continue reading

IFPRI: Resilience of Smallholders Should Be Key Theme in Sendai

As part of our ongoing series that explores the state of the negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals, we asked Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Sivan Yosef, and Laura Zseleczky of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to explain why smallholder farmers should be a key consideration at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which is taking place in Sendai, Japan, this week.

As delegates gather today for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, we hope that building up the resilience of smallholder farmers remains a key theme of their vital discussions. Incorporating the experience of farmers engaged in all aspects of agriculture into the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction can go a long way in building up the resilience of the majority of the world’s poor and vulnerable people, and creating a global food system that is sustainable, healthy, and resilient to disasters and other shocks. Continue reading

Video: How to Keep Food Healthy, Nutritious and Safe

Farming First interviewed John McDermott, Director of the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) to learn how the numerous challenges facing food safety in the developing world can be overcome.

Dr. McDermott explained that highly nutritious food such as legumes, fruits, fish and meat, can be dangerous in terms of food safety because they perish quickly, but a lot of basic things can be done to improve the way various actors in the food chain in the developing world handle these items safely, to avoid health issues for consumers.

In terms of future trends for food safety, Dr. McDermott noted that serious health problems are being caused not on the production side, but also on the consumption side. “This is going to take a fundamental restructuring on how we think about food systems” he commented. This will include consuming less salt, less sugar, paying more attention to quality and using less super-processing.

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Youth Put Agritech Toolbox To The Test

This month, we asked members of the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) network to explore which agricultural technologies can have the biggest impact in their home countries and regions.  The four respondents – each from a different continent around the world – used the brand new online model, “Agritech Toolbox”, produced by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), which allows users to interact with original data showing expected yields of rice, wheat and maize between now and 2050 under various climate change scenarios from the use of 11 different agricultural technologies. Here is what they discovered… Continue reading

Video: “Which Technologies Will Save Our Food Supply?” – Mark Rosegrant, IFPRI

Farming First TV interviewed Mark Rosegrant, Director of Environment and Production Technology at the International Food Policy Research Institute, to find out which agricultural technologies have the most promise for safeguarding the environment and boosting food security between now and 2050.

In reference to the report launched this year, “Food Security in a World of Growing Natural Resource Scarcity“, Rosegrant explained that climate change will hit agriculture hard, with as much as 20 to 30% of yields being lost. Continue reading