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Plotting to get the word out: Gender and land research

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Ruth Meinzen-Dick and Agnes Quisumbing are International Food Policy Research Institute's (IFPRI) researchers closely working with PIM on various topics including property rights and gender. In this blog, they share their experience and ideas about best ways to publicize results of scientific research. 

A colleague asked us recently about the “secret” behind IFPRI’s strategy to share its work on gender and land.  She mentioned that her colleagues had seen, and also heard from others, that the work got a lot of visibility and were wondering what the publication strategy was.  read more...

Yours, Mine, and Ours

The Big Picture

Increasing evidence demonstrates the importance of women’s control and ownership of assets for achieving important development outcomes. Yet, studies focusing exclusively on increasing women’s asset ownership and control, or increasing their ownership of a specific kind of asset, run the risk of missing what else is happening within a household. Does the woman increase control of some assets (perhaps the asset targeted by the program), but lose control of others? Do her assets increase, but those of her husband increase more? Or, are couples building their asset base jointly, such that looking only at his or hers, misses the big picture?  read more...

Kyrgyzstan Spatial – a new interactive atlas promoting food security and development

Kyrgyzstan Spatial map

Last week the University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) launched a new online platform and mapping tool Kyrgyzstan Spatial designed to help policymakers target areas of the country most vulnerable to food insecurity.  read more...

Crop System Models training at ICRISAT

ICRISAT training March 2015

As part of its activities under PIM and the Global Futures & Strategic Foresight (GFSF) program, the International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) organized a five-day training program “Cropping System Models: Application in Land Resource Management” read more...

“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...