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“Little by little, the egg begins to walk”

Little by little

Attention to gender equality remains an important development goal highlighted in the United Nations MDGs. Closing gender gaps has been seen to contribute to women’s empowerment, as well as to improving productivity and increasing efficiency in general, improved outcomes for the next generation, and more representative decision making. 

Motivations for closing the gender gap are not mutually exclusive; rather, they reinforce each other, say Neha Kumar and Agnes Quisumbing (IFPRI) in their paper “Policy reform toward gender equality in Ethiopia: Little by little the egg begins to walk” recently published by World Development. read more...

Linking small dairy producers to dynamic markets: three business models from Kenya

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In November last year, the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program commissioned an external evaluation of its value chain approach. One of the evaluators’ main concerns was that researchers spent their time analyzing how the livestock and fish value chains were working from an economics perspective but little work had been done on characterizing successful business models for farmer’s group organization and value chain governance, which are more likely to lead to more meat, milk and fish by and for the poor.  read more...

Farmer-to-farmer extension approach in Malawi: a survey of lead farmers

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It’s been noticed that farmers learn best from their peers, or those of a slightly higher social status*. The objective of the study described in the recent World Agroforestry Center working paper “The Farmer-to-Farmer Extension Approach in Malawi: A Survey of Lead Farmers” by Stanley Khaila, Frank Tchuwa, Steven Franzel and Brent Simpson, was to characterize the approach from the perspective of the farmers involved, usually called lead farmers.  read more...

IFPRI’s 2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report


IFPRI’s flagship report, launched in Washington DC yesterday, puts into perspective the major food policy issues, developments, and decisions in 2014 and highlights challenges and opportunities for 2015. IFPRI researchers and other distinguished food policy experts consider a wide range of crucial questions, including such as read more...

Evaluating potential for conservation agriculture in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Malawi

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Conservation agriculture (CA) is being promoted as an option for reducing soil degradation, conserving water, enhancing crop productivity, and maintaining yield stability. However, CA is a knowledge- and technology-intensive practice, and may not be feasible or may not perform better than conventional agriculture under all conditions and farming systems.  read more...

Agri-Gender call for papers and write-shop

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The Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets, invites submissions for a special issue on policies, institutions, and markets. Papers should focus on the broad issues of how gender interacts with policies, institutions, and/or markets in the areas of agriculture and food security. read more...