Archive for February 2011
In his closing remarks, Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General at the International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI), referenced "The Way Forward" statement, a synthesis of the conference organizers' conclusions intended to stimulate international debate on the way forward and action. Read the rest of this entry »
Video remarks from Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at PepsiCo, at the IFPRI 2020 Conference on "Leveraging Agriculture for Improving Nutrition and Health," February 11, 2011, New Delhi, India.
Today's opening plenary session featured comments by Per Pinstrup-Andersen from Cornell University, Francesco Branca of WHO and David Nabarro of the UN. Each speaker underscored the negative impacts of recent food price increases and overall volatility in agricultural markets on food security and nutrition, particularly among the poorest citizens in developing countries. According to Dr. Pinstrup-Andersen, this problem has been exacerbated by extreme weather events related to global climate change as well as by poorly informed expectations by speculators, traders and farmers and inadequate policy responses by governments. Effective policy interventions, meanwhile, will entail a clear understanding of the problem we are seeking to address- namely, that we must understand that the world is not running out of food yet citizens of developing countries continue face problems of access to adequate amounts of nutritious foods. Read the rest of this entry »
by Yassir Islam, HarvestPlus
Evaluations are useful for studying agricultural interventions to evaluate nutrition and health outcomes. From 2007 to 2009, HarvestPlus and its partners OFSP (orange-fleshed sweet potato) disseminated to 24,000 households in Uganda and Mozambique with the goal of reducing vitamin A deficiency. A cluster randomized design with baseline and endline surveys were used to evaluate the intervention. “This was a good example of research and impact working together” said Gilligan. Read the rest of this entry »