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...]
Shabab Murshid Development Foundation (SMDF), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Asian Development Bank (ADB) organized a Policy Seminar titled “Innovative Financing for Agriculture and Food Value Chains in Bangladesh” in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on July 27, 2015. The objective of the policy seminar was to present the current status of agricultural financing in Bangladesh, and discuss policy recommendations of financing in transforming potato value chain in the country.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are organizing a project workshop on "Innovative Financing for Agriculture and Food Value Chains in Bangladesh, Cambodia, P.R. China, and India" for the captioned regional research and development technical assistance (TA).
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...]
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.
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.
A conference on "Agricultural Transformation in Asia: Policy Options for Food and Nutrition Security" will be organized by IFPRI and Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) on September 25-27 in Siem Reap Province, Kingdom of Cambodia.
The overall goal of the conference is to promote broad collaboration among policy makers, researchers, and regional stakeholders in the sub-regions of Asia (Central, South, and Southeast Asia) to share research evidence, policy experiences, and practical lessons, in order to help improve the effectiveness of current and future agricultural and food security strategies in Asia.
The conference will have four principal objectives:
IFPRI will continue with its AMD (Applied Microeconomics and Development) Seminar Series on Thursday, May 16 at 12:00pm EST. Dilip Mookherjee of Boston University will present on how asymmetric information impacts middleman margins, farm-gate prices, and overall trade.
The “state of the art” technical conference on "Knowledge, Tools, and Lessons for Informing the Design and Implementation of Food Security Strategies in Asia" was held in Kathmandu November 14-16, 2011. The event was organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Nepal’s Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS), and supported and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). [Read more...]