Pipes being laid for a water project in Lesotho. Photo Credit: Flickr (John Hogg/World Bank)

Official Development Assistance, or ODA, provides a fundamental source of financing in the poorest and most fragile countries. Current ODA is estimated at $135 billion USD a year, but investment needs in infrastructure alone reach up to $1.5 trillion a year in emerging and developing countries according to the World Bank Group.

Mother and daughter with neighborhood children, Bangladesh. Photo Credit: Flickr (IFPRI)

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BY: Jenna Ferguson

Although we have successfully reached the Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme poverty and hunger at the global level, an estimated 795 million people continue to suffer from hunger while two billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies. Making our food systems more nutritious, resilient, and inclusive can significantly improve the lives of millions of people living in poverty around the world.

Conditions are favorable for wheat, maize and soybeans in the northern hemisphere according to this month's AMIS Market Monitor, while conditions for rice are mixed depending on the country.

Photo Credit: Flickr (Zillay Ali)

The June edition of the FAO Monthly News Report on Grains was released yesterday, with coverage of the biggest weekly rally in wheat and corn prices in three years, the signing of a free trade agreement between China and Australia, and more.

Photo Credit: Children enjoying sweet potato. Flickr (HarvestPlus)

By: Kelly Jones and Alan de Brauw, IFPRI

Farmer in Zambia. Photo Credit: Flickr (Anna Fawcus)

While Africa south of the Sahara has seen impressive growth in agricultural trade in recent years, one in four people remains undernourished, making it the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger.

Vitamin-rich foods for sale at market. Photo credit: Dani Bradford/IFPRI

Value chains include all actors and activities from food production to consumption—“from farm to fork”—enabling complex food systems to be molded into a comprehensive, solution-oriented approach to improving nutrition security. While value-chain interventions have historically focused on increasing income for smallholders and other stakeholders along the chain, value chains can also play an important role in determining the availability, affordability, quality, and acceptability of nutritious foods.

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By: Rachel Kohn

A pastoralist mother and children at work in Northern Senegal. Photo credit: Milo Mitchell/IFPRI

BY: Rachel Kohhn

The G7 Summit closed this afternoon in Krün, Germany, and the leaders announced their commitment to continue and build upon a wide range of interventions for food security and nutrition. As part of a broad effort involving partner countries and international actors, the G7 aims to lift 500 million people in developing countries out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030.