Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Society of Ethiopia (AESE)

The Agricultural Economics Society of Ethiopia (AESE) held its annual conference on 27 March 2015 at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research Meeting Hall in Addis Ababa. The event was co-sponsored by IFPRI-ESSP. Approximately 40 people attended and were rewarded with presentations and discussions on a diverse range of topics including women’s empowerment, agricultural technology adoption >> Read more

Source: GSSP Notes

Ghana Agricultural News Digest – March 30, 2015

Below are some current developments on agriculture in Africa: Agricultural Issues Universities Discuss Importance of Soil Fertility Management A three-day roundtable discussion to create awareness of the importance of the Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) project has ended in Accra. It was organized by the University of Alicante in Spain, in collaboration with five West >> Read more

‘Two For One’ in Myanmar – CSO SUN launch and GNR Roundtable

Myanmar event - Ann

As effective nutrition programmes are best implemented in conjunction with key government and non-government programmes, such as agriculture, health, social protection and education, panel members say the onus is on all development stakeholders in contributing to national outcomes.

NSSP-IFPRI participates in a Strategy and Planning Workshop for the Knowledge Management (KM) Framework and System for the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA)

Dr. George Mavrotas, NSSP-IFPRI Program Leader, was invited to participate in the main panel discussion for the Strategy and Planning of the Knowledge Management (KM) Framework for the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA). The event, held on March 18, 2015 in Abuja, was jointly organized by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), United Nations >> Read more

The role of the ‘missing middle’ in combatting hunger and malnutrition

Middle-income countries, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico, are home to nearly half of the world’s hungry, despite their status as rising economic powerhouses. The latest Global Food Policy Report (GFPR) for 2014-2015, published by IFPRI, highlights the critical role of this group in any strategy that aims to effectively combat hunger and malnutrition >> Read more

Ethiopia’s First Blend: The story of Ethiopia’s first fertilizer blending facility (Video)


"Soil is the resource base for survival," said Prof. Tekalign Mamo, State Minister, Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture, and EthioSIS Program leader, in a recent video interview. Watch the video to learn about Ethiopia's first fertilizer blending facility, which was inaugurated on June 1, 2014. The facility, along with four more under construction, will play a leading >> Read more

Mexico City Roundtable for the Global Nutrition Report


Mexico has made significant progress in reducing undernutrition. However, the country is now facing unprecedented challenges from overweight and obesity.

New Publication: The Political Economy of Food Price Policy in Nigeria in Food Price Policy in an Era of Market Instability: A Political Economy Analysis

The Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) is pleased to announce the publication of The Political Economy of Food Price Policy in Nigeria by NSSP Senior Economist/Consultant, Aderibigbe Olomola, as a chapter in Food Price in an Era of Market Instability: A Political Economy Analysis edited by Per Pinstrup-Andersen, and recently published by the Oxford University >> Read more

Four Fast Facts to Debunk Myths about Rural Women

New research, drawing on work done by IFPRI and others, presented in Paris this week by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) helps to debunk a few myths that are often the basis for bad policy decisions. Read the article by Jacqui Ashby and Jennifer Twyman here:

The Other Asian Enigma

South Asia has long been synonymous with persistent and unusually high rates of child undernutrition—the so-called Asian enigma. Yet contrary to this stereotype, Bangladesh has managed to sustain a rapid reduction in the rate of child undernutrition for at least two decades. The drivers of this change including rapid wealth accumulation and large gains in parental education >> Read more