Children enjoying the sweet taste of orange sweet potato. Photo credit: flickr (HarvestPlus)

Famine used to be the focus of efforts to combat hunger, but changes in policy, technology and aid have brought the developing world to the point where “calamitous famines” (with a death toll of one million or more) and even “great famines” (100,000 or more) are much more rare.

Land cleared for oil palm plantation, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Flickr (Nanang Sujana/CIFOR)

BY: David Laborde and Simla Tokgoz, IFPRI

Corn harvester. Photo Credit: Flickr (USDA/Lance Cheung)

Commodity prices regularly move together, despite the fact that causes of fluctuation can vary from commodity to commodity. Cross-market volatility could lower the effectiveness of diversification as a strategy for reducing price risks, so understanding the dynamics behind market interdependence and volatility transmission is critical.

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

By: Kelly Jones and Alan de Brauw, IFPRI

Photo Credit: G. Smith / CIAT (Flickr)

By combining climate and yield projections with the IIASA Global Biosphere Management Model, researchers say they have identified the likely needed adaptations and transformations for global agricultural systems.

A person’s aspirations, or goals and targets for their future, can be a driving force in their life, providing motivation and guiding their choices. But when forming aspirations, all people dismiss some options for their future lives, and fail to even imagine other options or opportunities. Once formed, our aspirations can limit the possible futures we consider by focusing our attention on some future options and filtering out others.

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Written by David Cozac

Ensuring that small-scale farmers and producers enjoy a bigger piece of the financial pie is the aim of a new web resource on agricultural development.

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By Rebecca Sullivan

At the L’Aquila G-8 summit in 2009, governments and organizations committed more than $20 billion to agriculture and rural development as a means of promoting food and nutrition security.

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