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Setting itself apart from other research organizations, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides not only research, but also policy solutions, to their target beneficiaries: "the greatest number of poor people in greatest need in the developing world."

The IFPRI, governed by an international board of trustees, is one of the 15 Future Harvest Centers fostered by the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR). Its commitment is to provide policy solutions to reduce hunger and malnutrition. There are two key premises in this mission. The first is sound and appropriate local, national, and international public policies essential to achieving sustainable food security and nutritional improvement, second is research and the dissemination of its results to facilitate debate and formulation of sound and appropriate food policies.

IFPRI envisions a world free of hunger and malnutrition, based on the basic human right to adequate food and nutrition, in accordance with the inherent dignity of all that belong to the human family.

IFPRI conducts policy analyses to help developing-country policymakers, non-government organizations, and civil society in helping the poor. These policy analyses are also accessed by opinion leaders, donors, advisers, and media which, in turn, further influence policy changes. IFPRI's food policy research is broadcasted via four research and outreach divisions: Development Strategy and Governance (DSG), Environment and Production Technology (EPT), Food Consumption and Nutrition (FCN), and Markets, Trade and Institution (MTI). Aside from these, IFPRI has a Communications Division and an International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR).

IFPRI has around 300 collaborators, including institutions, schools, research centers, and international and regional organizations from developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and in the Middle East; as well as developed countries in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and North America. These collaborations help intensify research within national research systems and also help IFPRI address the research needs of developing countries.

The institute regularly conducts impact assessments, organizes events, and puts forth publications, papers, and datasets. One of its most extensive projects to date is the 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment. This initiative aims for "a world where every person has access to sufficient food to sustain a healthy and productive life, where malnutrition is absent, and where food is originated from efficient, effective, and low-cost food systems that are compatible with sustainable use of natural resources."

The Vision’s activities include disseminating new information on food, agriculture, environment, and related topics; communicating the Vision's challenges and action program, facilitating dialogue, debate, information sharing, and consensus building among its members; and conducting pilot activities in research, policy communications, and capacity strengthening. The Vision's contributions have already been awarded in different fora, including the World Food Prize in 2001 to Per-Pinstrup Andersen, in part for his active role in this initiative.

For more information, visit http://www.ifpri.org

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