“Millions fed – proven successes in agricultural development”

Millions Fed is a project led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), with support from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to identify policies, programs, and investments that have reduced hunger and poverty in the developing world. The goal was to collect evidence about where, when, and why different interventions succeeded, learn about the key drivers and factors underlying success, and share lessons to help inform better policy and investment decisions in the future.  More than 250 candidate case studies were submitted and evaluated using a comprehensive set of criteria that took into account such issues as scale, impact, and sustainability.

The project identified 20 case studies, which are featured in the book Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development, available for download from here.  It examines how policies, programs, and investments in pro-poor agricultural development have helped to substantially reduce hunger across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. They provide lessons and inspiration for continued efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in the world’s poorest regions.

Spielman, David J.
Pandya-Lorch, Rajul


Chapter 1 – Fifty Years of Progress
David J. Spielman and Rajul Pandya-Lorch

Chapter 2 – Fighting a “Shifty Enemy”: The international collaboration to contain wheat rusts
H. J. Dubin and John P. Brennan

Chapter 3 – Transforming Agriculture: The Green Revolution in Asia
Peter B. R. Hazell

Chapter 4 – Breeding an “Amaizing” Crop: Improved maize in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
Melinda Smale and T. S. Jayne

Chapter 5 – Resisting Viruses and Bugs: Cassava in Sub-Saharan Africa
Felix Nweke

Chapter 6 – Seeing the Forest Through the Trees: Community forestry in Nepal
Hemant Ojha, Lauren Persha, and Ashwini Chhatre

Chapter 7 – Re-Greening the Sahel: Farmer-led innovation in Burkina Faso and Niger
Chris Reij, Gray Tappan, and Melinda Smale

Chapter 8 – Innovating in the Pampas: Zero-tillage soybean cultivation in Argentina
Eduardo Trigo, Eugenio Cap, Valeria Malach, and Federico Villarreal

Chapter 9 – Leaving the Plow Behind: Zero-tillage rice-wheat cultivation in the Indo-Gangetic Plains
Olaf Erenstein

Chapter 10 – Pumping up Production: Shallow tubewells and rice in Bangladesh
Mahabub Hossain

Chapter 11 – Pushing the Yield Frontier: Hybrid rice in China
Jiming Li, Yeyun Xin, and Longping Yuan

Chapter 12 – Improving Crops for Arid Lands: Pearl millet and sorghum in India
Carl E. Pray and Latha Nagarajan

Chapter 13 – Navigating through Reforms: Cotton reforms in Burkina Faso
Jonathan Kaminski, Derek Headey, and Tanguy Bernard

Chapter 14 – Unlocking the Market: Fertilizer and maize in Kenya
Joshua Ariga and T. S. Jayne

Chapter 15 – Counting on Beans: Mungbean improvement in Asia
Subramanyam Shanmugasundaram, J. D. H. Keatinge, and Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes

Chapter 16 – Conquering the Cattle Plague: The global effort to eradicate rinderpest
Peter Roeder and Karl Rich

Chapter 17 – Connecting the Milk Grid: Smallholder dairy in India
Kenda Cunningham

Chapter 18 – Farming the Aquatic Chicken: Improved tilapia in the Philippines
Sivan Yosef

Chapter 19 – Crossing the River While Feeling the Rocks: Land-tenure reform in China
John W. Bruce and Zongmin Li

Chapter 20 – Exiting from Collective Agriculture: Land-tenure reform in Vietnam
Michael Kirk and Nguyen Do Anh Tuan

Chapter 21 – Diversifying into Healthy Diets: Homestead food production in Bangladesh
Lora Iannotti, Kenda Cunningham, and Marie Ruel


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