Rapid analysis of previous famines

This helpdesk reports that defining famine has proved historically challenging. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) provides a common currency for classifying both the magnitude and severity of food insecurity through a set of standardised tools. Despite the standard definition that the IPC provides, there have been several incidents where mass nutrition related mortality… Read more

Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate

This report puts forward recommendations for how the US government can better address climate change through its policies on global agricultural development. It argues for the United States to rally international resources and deploy its agricultural research enterprise—its universities, research institutes, and agrifood businesses—to gather more information about how climate change will affect the global… Read more

Smallholder agriculture’s contribution to better nutrition

This paper, commissioned by the UK Hunger Alliance, addresses the question of how sustainable smallholder agriculture can contribute to improving food security and reducing under-nutrition in the developing world. Food insecurity and under-nutrition remain pressing problems in the developing world. Some 852 million people were estimated to be undernourished in 2010–12. Micro-nutrient deficiencies, especially of… Read more

Strengthening Agri-Food Value Chains for Nutrition: Mapping Value Chains for Nutrient-Dense Foods in Ghana

By providing evidence on value chains, this report assesses the potential of a number of products to contribute to reducing undernutrition in Ghana. It analyses the challenges that inhibit these products from having greater impact and identifies options for development agencies, public-private partnerships and others to help address these challenges. It focuses on the key… Read more