The Statistics of Public Expenditure for Economic Development (SPEED) database contains information on agricultural expenditures in 112 developing countries and 34 developed countries.

Global per capita agricultural spending rose at an annual rate of 0.33 percent from 1980 to 2012. A decline between 1980 and 2000 was off-set by growth within the last 12 years.

Boys and cattle in Ethiopia. Photo Credit: Guush Berhane Tesfay/IFPRI

BY: Rachel Kohn

This content is republished with permission from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

Dr. Joseph Glauber addressing an audience in 2012. Photo credit: Flickr (USDA)

BY: Rachel Kohn

Join us at 14:30 UTC +1 (9:30 AM EDT) for "Understanding the Interests of Agricultural Exporting and Importing Countries," an informal dialogue exploring options for promoting food security and rural development by building on recent ICTSD work on national policy trajectories.

Bananas in production, El Salvador. Photo Credit: Flickr (Shared Interest)

BY: Rachel Kohn

Contemporary globalization has been marked by significant shifts in the organization and governance of global value chains, says Gary Gereffi of the Center on Globaliztion, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC) at Duke University. These changes imply more opportunities for connection and for economic, social and environmental upgrading in large emerging economies, as well as challenges for small countries and firms on the periphery.


Author: Maximo Torero (Division director of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute )

On World Food Day, it’s time to remind ourselves that economic growth is only sustainable if all countries have food security. Without a country-owned and country-driven food security strategy, there will be obstacles and additional costs to global-, regional- and country-level economic growth.

Coffee rust, a fungus that attacks the leaves of coffee trees, can seriously impact both the quantity and the quality of coffee beans produced. In 2012, Central America was hit with the most severe coffee rust epidemic the region has ever seen. The outbreak has had devastating effects on regional coffee production, with harvest losses during the 2012-2013 season reaching 20%, or 2.8 million bags. These losses cost the region an estimated $500 million and 265,000 jobs.

Screenshot of REAP website (October 1, 2014)

Did you know that IFPRI has worked in Ethiopia for over 30 years? The partnership dates back to the 1980s, where IFPRI’s research originally focused on “famine and food insecurity.”