Building resilience for food and nutrition security: Highlights from the 2020 conference

This synopsis and related video present highlights from the international conference “Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security,” organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and its 2020 Vision Initiative, with support from PIM and other partners, on May 15-17, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Nutrition for the Next Generation

Students eat lunch at the Iyiola Matanmi School of Osogbo, Osun state, Nigeria. The primary school participates in the Osun State Home-Grown School Feeding Program, which was established to improve the nutritional status of school children. Better student nutrition has been shown to support increases in enrollment, retention and completion rates in primary schools. (Osun State, Nigeria, 2009) Photo by: Gates Foundation / CC BY-NC-ND

Good nutrition is one of the best investments political leaders can make in the next generation. If you want your countries’ kids to maximize their potential in life and to supercharge your demographic dividend, you should invest in child nutrition in the womb and in their early years.

Bridging the divide between women and men farmers in Ethiopia

The following story was originally published on the blog. Written by Sarah McMullan and Caitlin Kieran.  Women make up about half of the labor force in Ethiopia. While their contributions are plentiful, women and girls face discrimination when accessing —and making decisions regarding— education, agricultural information and inputs, land, and other assets to aid food production. >> Read more

Building capacity in nutrition-sensitive agriculture

"We need to anchor nutrition at the agriculture table. It's part and parcel of agriculture." - Charlotte Dufour, food security, nutrition and livelihoods officer at FAO

Toward a National Agricultural Policy

This is an exciting time for agricultural policy in Malawi. The entrance of a new administration as Malawi celebrates 50years of independence has sparked active engagement by various stakeholders on the proposed focus of agriculture policy and the vision for Malawi’s future. A recent symposium synthesizing and debating evidence on the effectiveness of the FISP, >> Read more

Standards for collecting sex-disaggregated data for gender analysis

Given the increased attention to gender research, both within CGIAR and among external partners and donors, researchers are often expected to conduct gender analyses, which necessitates collecting relevant data. In order to assist CGIAR researchers in this process, PIM gender researchers, with contributions from and endorsement of the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network, have >> Read more

National FISP Symposium: Impact and what next?

  The National Farm Input Subsidy Programme Symposium, ‘Eight years of FISP – Impact and what next?’, was held on July 14-15, 2014 at the Bingu International Conference Centre. Local and global experts came together to review the state of evidence on the impacts of the program, debate the core objectives and main implementation challenges, and >> Read more

Conference synopsis and highlights video now available

The synopsis and highlights video from the 2020 Conference on “Building Resilience to Food and Nutrition Security” are now available.

Canada commits $20 million for childhood undernutrition prevention project

[Cross-posted from IFPRI's blog.]   Research has shown that children who receive adequate nutrition, particularly during their mother's pregnancy until they are two years old—referred to by experts as the 1,000 days window of opportunity—are less likely to die or be made ill by diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia, measles, and HIV. 

Source: GSSP Notes

Ghana Agricultural News Digest – July 29, 2014

Below are some current developments on Agriculture in Africa: Agricultural Issues SEND-Ghana Supports Farmers SEND-Ghana, a social intervention non-governmental organization, has supported selected smallholder farmers in the Nanumba North, East Gonja and the Kpandai districts with more than GH₵48,000 to improve their livelihoods. Some credit unions in the beneficiary districts would disburse the funds to >> Read more