The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)One of ICAAP’s primary partners in working towards its mission is the the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). IFPRI is a 600 employee organization that uses research-based policy to assist in poverty and malnutrition reduction in over 50 developing nations.

The research done by IFRPI falls into six major categories. The first is ‘Ensuring Sustainable Food Production’ which involves leveraging policies, institutions, innovations and technologies to improve sustainable food production in a resource scarce environment. The threats to biodiversity and climate change are also assessed by IFRPI. The second category is ‘Promoting Healthy Food Systems’ whereby IFRPI investigates and assesses ways in which to improve the diet quality and nutrition of those with limited financial resources.

The research focuses heavily on women and children with the aim of creating a balance and synergy between three key components of the food system; agriculture, health and nutrition. The third category is ‘Improving Markets and Trade’ which analyzes market failures and investigates ways to strengthen the market and enhance the contributions and benefits from small hold farmers.

‘Transforming Agriculture’ is the fourth category of research which aims to transform low income rural growth to a more urban, service based environment by introducing development strategies targeted at a more broad based rural growth. The fifth area of research is ‘Building Resilience’, an area aimed at discovering the cause and effect relationship between different external factors and shocks that impact one’s quality of life. The final focus area of IFRPI’s research is ‘Strengthening Institutions and Governance’ which is an area with a heavy focus on ways in which to create a cohesion between farmers and farmers organizations so to enhance and promote a level of collective action in natural resource management. This research focuses on the governance and political economy and landscape of the agricultural sector.

IFRPI is an active CGIAR member and leads several research programs through the program including Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) and Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). IFRPI’s work spans a larger scope than just research, and involves a number of international partnerships, initiatives, capacity building and communications.