Hanoi, 21 MAY 2015 – Vietnam needs to strengthen its response to climate change by including strategic investments toward a low-carbon future in its planning and budgeting strategy for coming years, according to a new government report, led by Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and supported by the World Bank and U.N. Development Program (UNDP). [Read more...]
Based on popular demand, summer school for young economists is back this year! In early June, a nine-day applied econometric analysis training course for young researchers will be held at the Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) in Uzbekistan. Twenty-two applicants have been selected to participate based on their research interests, background, and knowledge and skill level in quantitative methods. [Read more...]
Kyrgyzstan Spatial, the University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA) and International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) interactive online mapping tool and knowledge platform, was recently featured at the top of the list as a cutting-edge technology in Top Solutions That Save Lives in Humanitarian Response and Disaster Relief, a report by Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF). Other languages: Русский язык | Originally published on 05/19/2015.
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This blog post is originally published on University of Central Asia website.
The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) launched a new online platform on 2 April 2015 that will help policy makers target areas of the country most vulnerable to food insecurity. [Read more...]
This article was originally published on IFPRI South Asia website.
Eighty percent of the population in Nepal lives in rural areas and depends heavily on agriculture as a source of income and employment. With changing monsoon patterns, and the effect of drought and floods in various regions, the impact of climate change is visible in the agricultural food chain. Consequently, ensuring food security and farmers’ effective adaption to climate change is a major challenge for the policy makers.
The infrastructure sector has seen
unprecedented changes in India with exponential growth due
to changing economic landscape and development in the
country. [Read more...]
Hunger and malnutrition are not problems exclusive to low income countries. Middle income countries (MICs), despite some being global economic powerhouses, are home to the majority of the world’s hungry and malnourished, according to the latest Global Food Policy Report.
MICs around the world, especially in Asia, are still challenged with reducing hunger and malnutrition to achieve sustainable economic growth. Close to half of the world’s hungry, or 363 million people, live in China, India and Indonesia. Undernutrition, the result of prolonged inadequate intake of macro- and micronutrients, is also widespread.
ReSAKSS-Asia recently released a new series of papers on seed, fertilizer and agricultural input policies in Asia. The policy note series reveals the evolution of agricultural input policies in Asia, and it presents a comprehensive picture of the seed and fertilizer industries in a wide range of Asian countries, including Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The following story by IFPRI senior research assistant Vijay Nazareth was originally published on the IFPRI South Asia blog.
Think of what might happen in India’s risk-prone eastern states, such as Bihar, Jharkhand, and Odisha, if the country’s leading companies saw opportunities to invest in agriculture. Think of how innovative, low-cost technologies for planting, input management, harvesting, and post-harvest loss protection might improve productivity and resilience to climate change. Think of how smallholder farmers’ livelihoods and India’s food security would improve. Think of that potential and ask yourself why it isn’t happening as quickly as we want and which ideas could make it a reality.
The Asian experience with agricultural mechanization has been marked with major successes over the past four decades. Farm mechanization has recently emerged in Africa south of the Sahara (SSA) despite limited experiences in the past. Exchanging different regional experiences on how mechanization has evolved, especially in Asian countries, can help identify alternative approaches and design effective mechanization policies in Ghana and elsewhere in SSA. [Read more...]
Most of world’s poor live in rural areas inadequately equipped with energy with power outages or fuel shortages common. Energy is central to irrigation, transportation, and all sustainable development efforts in developing countries. Without addressing energy, food security and poverty reduction are hard to achieve. However, there has been little research on linkages between energy, transformation, and poverty in developing countries. [Read more...]
A new regional strategy calls for modernization and transformation of the rice sector in Asia
Asian countries are undergoing structural transformation; the economy is shifting from agriculture to non-agriculture sectors, and laborers are migrating from rural areas to cities. Asia’s economic future depends on its ability to successfully fast-track structural transformation through policy that facilitates job creation and opens up new sectors and markets, according to Asian Development Bank. What does this mean for agriculture? As the sector with the lowest productivity, that still engages over 43 percent of Asia’s total employment, agriculture is also likely to undergo a transformation to a system that requires fewer farmers and greater mechanization, increased yields per unit area, larger farm sizes, , and improved value chain integration, among others. [Read more...]
In late May IFPRI’s Central Asia Program, in collaboration with local institutions, will hold a nine-day applied econometric analysis training course for young researchers in Uzbekistan (age 35 and under). Fifteen applicants have been selected to participate based on their research interests, background, and knowledge and skill level in quantitative methods. [Read more...]
IFPRI’s Central Asia Program is supporting four researchers from Central Asia to attend a two-week training on IFPRI’s IMPACT model in Penang, Malaysia. The researchers—one each from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan—will be trained in in economy-wide modeling and learn to apply these skills to examine the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security in their home countries using the IMPACT model. This activity advances local food security objectives in Central Asia by building the capacities of a corps of economists to work with climate, water, and crop models in the region.
IFPRI and the University of Central Asia (UCA) organized a policy research conference on April 8-9 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on agricultural transformation and food security in Central Asia. Nearly 70 government officials, development partners, and researchers from the region and abroad gathered and shared lessons and knowledge on the region. The conference focused on four Central Asian countries - Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan - covering a wide range of topics, including agricultural and structural transformation, value chains, food safety and nutrition, markets and trade, land reform and consolidation, agricultural productivity, climate change, remittances, and other emerging issues of importance to the region.
This press release is cross-posted from IFPRI
April 7, 2014, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan— A conference organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the University of Central Asia (UCA>) to be held from April 8-9 will explore how Central Asian countries can best meet the needs of present and future populations for adequate access to nutritious and safe foods and improve food and nutrition security.
The Philippines’ poor transport infrastructure, along with weak logistics systems and low investments, have made fertilizer prices uneven across the country, causing inefficiencies in the fertilizer supply chain. As a result, the uneven fertilizer price has made some agricultural products more expensive than others, contributing to the unstable food prices in the country, according to a recent study conducted by a ReSAKSS-Asia collaborator in the Philippines. [Read more...]
This article is cross-posted from ChinaDaily, written by Shenggen Fan, the director general of International Food Policy Research Institute.
China's food security is being challenged by a mix of factors, including rising demand, rapid urbanization, scarce natural resources and agricultural labor, and greater risk of food safety and environmental problems. To address food security concerns, China had resolved to meet the bulk of its grain demand domestically. But this policy is now being revisited, suggesting a considerable increase in the already rising food imports. [Read more...]
Scaling up nutrition education in Bangladesh’s social safety net programs could be an effective way to improve food security and child nutrition among poor families, a study presented at a recent workshop shows.
The IFPRI-PRRSP office in Dhaka, jointly with the WFP Mission in Bangladesh, held a stakeholder workshop titled “Which Kinds of Social Safety Net Transfers Work Best for the Rural Ultra Poor?” on December 3. [Read more...]