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Envisioning possible futures for fish production in Indonesia

WorldFish report Envisioning possible futures for fish production in Indonesia - cover

The new report released by WorldFish summarizes the results of a systematic effort to explore possible futures for aquaculture and fisheries in Indonesia. The work described is part of a larger effort that seeks to develop a shared vision for the sectors that 1) aligns public and private investments to foster growth and economic sustainability; 2) reduces environmental impacts and improves efficiency; 3) increases access by small and medium enterprises to the financial and technical assistance necessary to transition to more sustainable practices. read more...

Community seed banks: Origins, evolution and prospects

Bioversity Community Seed Banks Book

Community seed banks first appeared towards the end of the 1980s, established with the support of international and national non-governmental organizations. A new book of the Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity series published by Earthscan in association with Bioversity International provides the first global review of their development and includes a wide range of case studies. read more...

How sex-disaggregated land statistics can help monitor progress of the new Sustainable Development Goals


For decades feminist economists and women’s rights advocates have made the case that the lack of data on women’s land rights has limited the ability to understand how this affects food security and rural poverty. However, recent developments may help us to overcome this challenge. The new SDGs have identified women’s land rights as a priority, setting them as targets in both Goal 1 (end poverty in all its forms everywhere) and Goal 5 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls). read more...

IFPRI turns 40

IFPRI 40th Anniversary logo

Forty years ago, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), PIM's lead center, was founded to provide research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. On November 18, IFPRI marked the occasion with “IFPRI at 40: Looking Back, Looking Forward.”  The event was livestreamed and followed on Twitter at #IFPRI40. read more...

Exploring Indonesian aquaculture futures: new report from WorldFish

WorldFish report aquaculture futures

Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food production sector globally, with production projected to double within the next 15–20 years. Future growth of aquaculture is essential to providing sustainable supplies of fish in national, regional and global fish food systems; creating jobs; and maintaining fish at affordable levels for resource-poor consumers. To ensure that the anticipated growth of aquaculture remains both economically and ecologically sustainable, we need to better understand the likely patterns of growth read more...

Agricultural science can speed job creation for youth in Africa South of the Sahara


This expert opinion piece written by PIM Director Karen Brooks originally appeared on INCLUDE platform

Young people need jobs and growing economies need workers. Historically, farms and rural areas have sent young people to jobs in cities and factories, and this process of global urbanization continues. Between now and 2050, the flow of people to cities plus the shift in births to urban areas will result in a decline of approximately 150 million in the global rural population. In regions such as East Asia, Eastern Europe, and much of Latin America, where families are small and grown children move to cities, the rural population is declining and aging rapidly. In contrast, high birth rates in rural Africa South of the Sahara will add about 350 million people by 2050, despite a massive flow of the young to urban areas. Over the next decade, an estimated 11 million additional young men and women will seek employment every year.  read more...