Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) invite young economists, researchers and graduate students to participate in the Regional Training Course (Summer School) on Applied Econometric Analysis from June 12 to June 23, 2017. The aim of the Summer School is to strengthen the capacity of young economists in Central Asia, specifically those of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, for quantitative research, economic policy analysis, and, in particular, for econometric analysis of socioeconomic phenomena in the context of economics and related social sciences. [Read more...]
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in collaboration with its partner institution based in Central Asia - Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) - held a Training Course on Advanced Applied Econometrics from September 13 – 23, 2016, for the third consecutive year. This two-week training course for young researchers from the region took place at WIUT in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Twenty participants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan participated in the training. Participants were selected on a competitive basis based on their interest and background in applied research, as well as their knowledge and skill level in quantitative methods. [Read more...]
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) together with the Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS) held a training course titled “Introductory Applied Econometrics using Stata” during 14 – 18 November 2016 at the National Library of Tajikistan in Dushanbe.
The aim of this one-week training course was to strengthen the capacity of young researchers in Tajikistan. The training program was designed to introduce participants with principles of conducting empirical research in economics and related fields using modern statistical tools and computer applications. [Read more...]
The vast majority of farms in Asia are small-scale and are becoming smaller due to population growth and further subdivision. The average farm size halved in India between 1971 and 2006 and the number of farms less than 1 ha in Bangladesh increased from about 50 percent in 1976 to 90 percent in 2005 (Otsuka 2013). As farm sizes shrink, many throughout the region have begun to wonder whether small family farms are still a viable livelihood option. [Read more...]
The potential for agriculture in Myanmar is enormous, given the country’s favorable geographic location and resource endowments. Government statistics show it is the largest economic sector and the main source of livelihood for nearly 60 percent of the population. Yet agricultural productivity in Myanmar is low compared with most of Southeast Asia. Achieving productivity levels similar to those of its agro-ecologically similar neighbors could significantly raise rural incomes and reduce overall poverty and malnutrition. Doing that will require large amounts of investment by government and private agro-enterprises of all sizes. Government policies will likewise have an important part to play in creating an enabling environment for private sector growth.
On September 20, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA) launched Tajikistan Spatial, an interactive online portal providing information about food security and development for policymakers, researchers, and the general public. The platform was launched in collaboration with the Local Development Committee under the President of Tajikistan. The Committee will promote the use of the online platform among policy-makers and researchers. [Read more...]
Written by Yifei Liu and Yifei Liu and Saima Zaman
A one-day conference on Agriculture and Food Systems, Climate Change and Nutrition in CIS countries featuring the Global Nutrition Report 2015 was held at Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow on February 11. The conference brought together about 80 participants from universities, governments and international development agencies in the Central Asia region. The discussion highlighted the linkages between climate change, agriculture, food systems, social safety nets, and nutrition outcomes. [Read more...]
Written by Jarilkasin Ilyasov
The International Forum on Eurasian Food Security (Agriculture and Nutrition) Network and Eurasian Coil Partnership was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 29 February - 2 March 2016. The conference was jointly organized by the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) to discuss and analyze current trends in food security, its governance and strategy for development in the Eurasian region. [Read more...]
ADB President Takehiko Nakao today met India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, and praised India’s strong economic performance in the face of weak global growth and turmoil in commodity and financial markets. Originally published on 03/11/2016. Please click the following URL for more info: http://www.adb.org/news/adb-president-says-india-remain-fastest-growing-large-economy-2016
ADB President Takehiko Nakao today met with Nepal’s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli and Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel to discuss Nepal’s economic recovery and social development after the earthquakes in 2015. Originally published on 02/25/2016. Please click the following URL for more info: http://www.adb.org/news/faster-public-investment-crucial-nepal-s-recovery-adb-president
The Global Nutrition Report 2015 is a report card on the world’s nutrition—globally, regionally, and country by country—and on efforts to improve it. It assesses countries’ progress in meeting global nutrition targets established by the World Health Assembly. [Read more...]
Tajikistan needs to diversify its production and export baskets, and increase its focus on skills development, knowledge and technology to sustain growth and reduce its vulnerability to external shocks, says a new ADB report. Originally published on 11/25/2015. Please click the following URL for more info: http://www.adb.org/news/tajikistan-needs-know-how-diversify-its-economy-and-sustain-growth-adb
Hanoi, April 2, 2015 - Today, the Asian Institute of Technology and international development partners established a Vietnam Learning Center on Environmental and Social Sustainability to foster knowledge exchange and capacity building relating to environmental and social safeguards and standards in Vietnam. [Read more...]
IFPRI’s 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report was launched in late March is now available and published online. This flagship report puts into perspective the major food policy issues, developments, and decisions in 2014 and highlights challenges and opportunities for 2015. The first two chapters of the report titled, Food Policy in 2014-2015: Strong Advances and Stubborn Setbacks and Reaching the Missing Middle: Overcoming Hunger and Malnutrition in Middle Income Countries, respectively were translated into French, Russian and Chinese. Russian version of these chapters can be found here – Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - Nepal needs immediate help to rebuild livelihoods after last month’s devastating earthquake but in the longer term, the country must make sure it is more resilient to future disasters, said Bindu N. Lohani, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development. [Read more...]
- In Indonesia, 37.2% of children under the age of five are stunted and public awareness of this issue is low.
- Stunting can reduce an individual’s productivity at a young age, and increases risks of developing non-communicable diseases when older – this is the double burden of malnutrition.
- A study shows that the double burden of malnutrition is a growing concern in Indonesia.
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...]