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NEWS in BRIEF #9
30 January 2017
To accelerate progress to end hunger and undernutrition around the world, the News in Brief informs partners on emerging research and innovation, developments in global, regional, and national policies and programs, and timely news and events. Please feel free to share any feedback at IFPRI-Compact2025@cgiar.org.
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

Households in remote areas consume less, are more food insecure, and have less diverse diets than households nearer to markets, suggests a study in rural northwestern Ethiopia by Lafayette College and IFPRI. Reducing transaction costs for remote households and facilitating migration could help equalize well-being.

Promoting gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment lead to better health and development outcomes for women, their families and their communities, according to a review of 76 studies across six sectors including nutrition, agriculture, and WASH.

Children’s dietary diversity improves when households produce more diverse crops, finds a study of rural households in Ethiopia by IFPRI and Cornell. It concludes that nutrition-sensitive agricultural interventions that push for market integration are likely to be more effective in reducing undernutrition than those promoting production diversity.

Agricultural projects must do more to prove their impact in reducing undernutrition, according to Generation Nutrition.
NEWS AND EVENTS

World Economic Forum report explores four scenarios for the future of global food systems. It focuses on two critical uncertainties that will shape how food systems will feed 8.5 billion people in 2030: future demand for food and agricultural commodities and market connectivity.

G20 leaders commit to using water more sustainably in food and agricultural production at the Agriculture Ministers' Meeting in Berlin. IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan called for innovations in technology, institutions, policy, and financing that will improve water-use efficiency and help achieve food, water, and nutrition security for all.


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