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Avoiding the risk of the unknown

Bhola survey participants. Photo: Sonia Atker

Lessons learned from a gender inclusive survey on index insurance in coastal Bangladesh


Is another Asian-style Green Revolution good for Africa?

Elsevier Atlas Award - Alejandro Nin Pratt

Assuming Africa is an appropriate setting for another Asian-style Green Revolution is misleading and could result in, yet again, a frustrated attempt to attain sustainable agricultural growth,” says IFPRI Senior Research Fellow Alejandro Nin-Pratt, lead author of the study that just received the Elsevier Atlas Award.  read more...

Savouring diversity: supporting community seedbanks in South Africa’s smallholder farming areas

Bioversity SA seedbanks report

For ages, rural farmers have maintained local seeds, and through them crop biodiversity, using indigenous knowledge passed to them by their ancestors. Farmers select, plant, harvest, clean and store their seeds to feed their families and keep some for the next planting season. They also exchange and share seeds with their neighbors, friends, extended families.

However, write the authors of the new report released by Bioversity International, these traditional practices are in danger. read more...

First IAAE 2015 Carl K. Eicher Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation


Family, friends and colleagues of the late Carl K. Eicher have established a fund under the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) to support an award for the best doctoral dissertation on Africa to honor the outstanding contributions of the late Professor Eicher to African agricultural research and education.  read more...

How much investment is needed to reduce postharvest losses?


The 2008 and 2011 food price spikes sparked concerns about whether the growing global population would be able to feed itself in years to come, and with this came a renewed increase in interest in the level of postharvest losses (PHL) and the potential to improve food security by reducing them. It has been estimated that an additional one billion people could be fed if food crop losses were halved, which could potentially relieve some of the pressure on the significant increase in production that would be required.  read more...

BioSight: Understanding tradeoffs in agricultural intensification

Siwa Int feature 2

Technological dynamism is key to improving the lives of poor farmers worldwide. Understanding the impacts of adoption of superior technology and sustainable managerial practices is a critical first step to helping farmers succeed. PIM supports activities to improve the tools for assessment of technology adoption and analyzing tradeoffs associated with new technologies.

The BioSight project, initiated in early 2013 with funding from PIM, seeks to build a strong analytical framework for understanding and managing the tradeoffs emanating from land use and technological choice that have consequences for environmental quality, resource sustainability, and socio-economic well-being.

In this interview, the BioSight’s lead Dr. Siwa Msangi tells about the project and its objectives.  read more...