From Food Security to Nutrition Security in India: A Food Systems Perspective

Despite historically high levels of food production in India, undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies persist. At present, 22.5 percent of adults are underweight, and 38 percent are still stunted. While undernutrition persists, based on the latest data from the National Family Health Survey-4, more than 20 percent of Indians are overweight or obese. India joins many >> Read more

Ensuring Food Safety Investments Are People-Focused

Thanks to the efforts of the Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) and others, foodborne disease is getting the attention it deserves as a major global health issue. Children and poor people suffer the most from foodborne diseases — the same groups who also suffer from other health burdens such as undernutrition. In such >> Read more

Data Can Be Sexist. Here’s How IFPRI is Fixing That Problem.

In their 2019 annual letter, Bill and Melinda gates note nine things that surprised them in 2018. Surprise #4 is: Data can be sexist. "I spend big chunks of my day studying data on health and development," Bill Gates writes. "I'm amazed at how little data we have on women and girls." Melinda Gates elaborates: "What little data >> Read more

What are we really measuring? The importance of validating survey items to understand women’s empowerment

The project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI) is a survey-based tool that measures women’s empowerment and inclusion in agricultural development projects. In a recent discussion paper led by Kathryn Yount, Professor and Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health at Emory University, a team of colleagues from Emory University and the International Food Policy >> Read more