Dr. Betina Dimaranan
Coordination of the Food Security Portal (FSP), facilitated by IFPRI and supported by the European Commission and of the African Growth and Development Policy Modeling Consortium (AGRODEP), facilitated by the IFPRI and supported by the USAID
Betina Dimaranan is a Senior Research Coordinator at the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute. She serves as Project Manager for the African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium and helps coordinate the Food Security Portal (FSP). She has conducted research on trade policy issues, biofuels policies, food and agricultural policies, and growth and economic development. Before joining IFPRI, Betina was a Research Economist and the Database Administrator at the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) in Purdue University. She has also worked at the International Rice Research Institute and as a consultant with the World Bank. Betina received a B.S. in Agribusiness from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.
Dr. Betina Dimaranan
Dear FSN Forum participants,
Many thanks for the time you have taken to contribute to this discussion. A number of interesting points have been made related to the importance of near-real-time monitoring of food crisis risk factors for improved early warning early action.
Your comments have underscored the importance of timely information to inform programmatic responses to food crises and associated drivers in order to make the case for providing resources to avert food crises before they occur. Some of you have touched on both the strengths and limitations of current tools for real-time monitoring. The question of how to improve and expand use of real-time monitoring within national institutions has been raised. In addition, there has been discussion on how to institutionalize collection of relevant data such as on food prices so that there can be consistent, quality information at country level on which to base decisions.
Thank you very much for these and other insights raised thus far. As we continue this discussion, we would like to invite more contributions around the stated discussion questions. Of particular interest would be specific examples of policy responses at country level that have been guided by existing monitoring tools.