IFPRI and partners share insights on climate change and food security in Paris

By Keith Wiebe (IFPRI)

circus_sidebanner_home_pastIFPRI researchers Mark Rosegrant, Keith Wiebe and Alex de Pinto led a session (“Up and down the scales of time and place: Integrating global trends and local decisions to make the world more food-secure by 2050”) on December 5 at the Global Landscapes Forum on the margins of COP21 in Paris. The session explored climate change impacts and solutions at global, regional and country scales, drawing on new research to analyze policy options that promote healthy growth of the agricultural sector and food security in a changing climate. Participants Mercedita Sombilla (Director ANRES, National Economic and Development Authority, Office of the President, Philippines), Kirit N Shelat (Executive Chairman, Indian National Council for Climate Change Sustainable Development and Public Leadership), and Rodrigo Suarez Castaño (Climate Change Director, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia) also shared insights and experiences from the national level. >> Read more

Exploring Indonesian aquaculture futures: new report from WorldFish

By Nhuong Tran (WorldFish), Evgeniya Anisimova (PIM)

AquaculWorldFish-report-aquaculture-futures-271x300ture 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, as well as the opportunities and challenges that these trends present. This knowledge will enable us to better prioritize investments that will help ensure the sustainable development of the sector.

In Indonesia, WorldFish and partners have applied a unique methodology to evaluate growth trajectories for aquaculture under various scenarios, as well as the opportunities and challenges these represent. The analysis indicates that aquaculture will overtake capture fisheries as the major source of fish in Indonesia before 2030 and that investment in aquaculture will be essential in order to increase domestic fish supplies and consumption, maintain affordable fish prices for domestic consumers, and sustain the contribution fish makes to Indonesian food and nutritional security.

See more finding on the CGIAR Policies, Institutions and Markets blog here, and read the full report here.


WorldFish-report-Envisioning-possible-futures-for-fish-production-in-Indonesia-cover-287x300Envisioning possible futures for fish production in Indonesia

In addition, a related 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.

See a summary of the report on the CGIAR Policies, Institutions and Markets blog here, and read the full report here.


IFPRI’s IMPACT model update: a core component of GFSF’s quantitative foresight modeling.

By Daniel Mason-D'Croz (IFPRI)

Models can be powerful tools that help us systematically apply data and theory to test our understanding of complex and interconnected systems. A major focus for the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight project is to use IFPRI’s IMPACT model for quantitative foresight modeling to analyze how agricultural and food systems might evolve under alternative futures across multiple dimensions (i.e. population, climate, economic development, among many others). As new data and knowledge become available, quantitative models need to be reviewed and updated to reflect the improved understanding.


Figure 1- IFPRI’s IMPACT Model

Figure 1- IFPRI’s IMPACT Model

Continual updating is an integral part of the IMPACT model’s history. With improved data and computational power, the IMPACT team works to enhance the model’s relevance for policymakers in exploring critical issues around long-term agriculture development and food security. The latest model improvements are just the next chapter in the model’s history, building on the work of previous efforts to simulate the food system in ever greater detail by expanding the number of commodities and individual countries covered by IMPACT.

In this latest update, the IMPACT model was designed to incorporate not only better agricultural data but also best practices in model structure and coding.  This enables the model to expand to cover new areas of research interest while at the same time ensuring cleaner and modular code. Improvements in model design and structure are explained in detail in the new documentation. Additionally, we go into more detail on the IMPACT modeling philosophy, including discussions on scenario analysis and the role of simulation models in ex-ante analysis.

To read the new IMPACT documentation please go to http://www.ifpri.org/publication/international-model-policy-analysis-agricultural-commodities-and-trade-impact-model-0.

IFPRI Discussion Paper on Promising Technologies

by Shahnila Islam (IFPRI)

IFPRI, in collaboration with Global Futures and Strategic Foresight (GFSF) team members from CIAT, CIMMYT, CIP, ICRISAT, and IRRI has released a discussion paper titled “Climate Change Adaption in Agriculture: Ex Ante Analysis of Promising and Alternative Crop Technologies using DSSAT and IMPACT”. The paper reports results from Phase 1 of the GFSF program in which the participating centers identified promising technologies to model in linked crop and economic models. Drought and heat tolerant traits were modeled for maize, wheat, rice, potatoes, sorghum, and groundnuts, while a promising pest management strategy was tested on cassava. Specific regions and adoption rates were chosen for each of the promising technologies.

The study found that heat tolerant technologies outperformed drought tolerant ones and that the pure biophysical benefits of the technologies were able to offset the effect of climate change under GFDL climate scenario. When embedded in an economic modeling framework, we see that both climate and technology impacts on yields are dampened. Further, the analysis found that regions that adopted the technologies benefitted through better terms of trade, and showed a decreased vulnerability to global price shocks (link to full report)

Figure: Effects of Climate Change and Promising Technologies on Biophysical Yields in 2050

Figure: Effects of Climate Change and Promising Technologies on Biophysical Yields in 2050

Post 2015 Consensus: Analysis on the benefits of infrastructure and technology investments on post-harvest loss reduction

By Daniel Mason-D'Croz (IFPRI)

Achieving food security sustainably is a major challenge that will require continued efforts on increasing agricultural productivity. However, some of the gains in increased productivity may not be realized due to post-harvest losses (losses experienced between the field and the consumer).


Estimates on the magnitude of post-harvest losses range greatly depending on the method, yet are significant, ranging from 10–30 percent or greater in many cases. Many technologies already exist that could help reduce these losses, including improvements in storage, and investments in transportation technologies. However, encouraging adoption of these technologies is not costless. To assess some of the potential global benefits of decreasing post-harvest losses as well as the benefit-cost of these investments, IFPRI contributed to the Post 2015 Consensus an assessment paper [1] with a global analysis and a white paper [2] focused on India [http://www.copenhagenconsensus.com/post-2015-consensus]. The Post 2015 Consensus is a program led by the Copenhagen Consensus to identify the best targets for the post-2015 development agenda. >> Read more

WorldFish hosts Fish IMPACT model training workshop targeted at ASEAN countries, Penang, Malaysia, Aug 25-29, 2015

By Nhuong Tran (WorldFish)

The Global Futures and Strategic Foresight Program (GSFS) held a training workshop on the IMPACT Fish model at WorldFish headquarters in Penang from Aug 25-29, 2015. Five participants attended, including staff from WorldFish and  partner institutions in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. The purpose of the training workshop was to deliver the latest version of the IMPACT fishery and aquaculture model to WorldFish’s modeling team. The model is the result of a collaborative effort between IFPRI, FAO, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and the World Bank, and serves as an interim step for developing WorldFish modeling capacity and the full fish module for the updated version of IMPACT.


From left to right: Chan Chin Yee (WorldFish, Penang), Khondker Murshed-E-Jahan (WorldFish Bangladesh), Miroslav Batka, Tran Van Nhuong (WorldFish Penang), Nguyen Van Giap (Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam), Tridoyo Kusumastanto (Bogor Agriculture University, Indonesia)| Copyright: WorldFish

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IFPRI and KREI plan collaborative research on climate change and food security

By Keith Wiebe (IFPRI)

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Korea Rural Economics Institute (KREI) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support collaboration between the two institutions. Collaboration under the MOU will focus on dealing with climate change impacts on regional food and water security in Korea and East Asia, using IFPRI’s International Model for Policy Analysis of Agricultural Commodities and Trade (IMPACT) and related research programs as key building blocks. The MOU, covering an initial period of three years, was signed by IFPRI Director-General Shenggen Fan and KREI President Sei-Kyun Choi on July 7, 2015 at IFPRI headquarters in Washington DC.

Please see news in Korean language here: http://www.foodnews.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=55604


Left: Dr. Shenggen Fan (IFPRI); Right: Dr. Sei-Kyun Choi (KREI) Photo credit: Milo Mitchell (IFPRI)


Photo credit: Milo Mitchell (IFPRI)


Crop System Models training program at ICRISAT, Patancheru, India, March 23-27, 2015

As part its activities in the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)  and the Global Futures & Strategic Foresight (GFSF) program, ICRISAT recently organized a five-day training program, titled “Cropping System Models: Application in Land Resource Management”. The training took place from the 23rd to 27th March at ICRISAT headquarters in Patancheru, India. Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom of Washington State University and Dr. Cheryl Porter of the University of Florida served as faculty, while Dr. Dakshina Murthy and Dr. Piara Singh of ICRISAT served as resource persons. About 30 participants from India, the Philippines, Jordan, Ethiopia and the United States attended the training course, along with crop modelers from GFSF participating CGIAR centers such as CIMMYT, ICARDA and IRRI as well as NARS partners. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) of the government of India sponsored 10 participants for this course.

Please see here for more information.

ICARDA hosts workshop on “Groundwater and Bio-economic Simulations of Relevant Wheat Technologies for Tunisia and Jordan”, Amman, Jordan, June 16-17, 2015

The Global Futures and Strategic Foresight Program held a workshop on “Groundwater and bio-economic simulations of relevant wheat technologies for Tunisia and Jordan” in Amman, Jordan from 16 to 17 June, 2015, hosted by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). The purpose of the workshop was to define groundwater and wheat scenarios for bio-economic simulations using the IMPACT model, specifically for Jordan and Tunisia.

Please see full post here.

Lloyd’s study on “Food System Shock: The Insurance Impacts of Acute Disruption to Global Food Supply” draws on GFSF research

The insurance group Lloyd’s recently commissioned the study “Food System Shock: The Insurance Impacts of Acute Disruption to Global Food Supply” to explore some of the potential risks of a series of extreme events on the global food system and the implications this might have on food security and the insurance industry. IFPRI’s IMPACT (International Model for Policy Analysis of Agricultural Commodities and Trade) team was invited to participate in a workshop hosted by Lloyd’s in February and to provide quantitative foresight analysis of potential consequences of extreme crop productivity shock events. These scenarios were designed to explore systematic weaknesses in the global food system and raise questions of what could happen if major breakdowns in the system were to occur due to extreme climatic events. For example, one of the scenarios explored the consequences of negative shocks on agriculture caused by a strong warm phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation, as shown in the following figure.

Please see full post here.