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New ASTI report: Taking stock of national agricultural R&D capacity in Africa South of the Sahara

ASTI africa report Nov 2014

High population growth, deteriorating soils, climate change, and volatile food prices are major factors affecting food security in Africa south of the Sahara (SSA). To respond effectively to these challenges, agricultural productivity in the region needs to be accelerated without delay. To succeed in generating the targeted research outputs needed to achieve this, the countries of SSA need sufficient, sustainable funding of strategic agricultural research programs in alignment with national and subregional priorities. They also need talented, well-trained researchers who work within an innovative yet efficient environment that motivates them. read more...

JOB OPPORTUNITY: IFPRI/PIM Associate Research Fellow with gender focus

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The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is recruiting an Associate Research Fellow (ARF) to further the analytical work on gender undertaken within the Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) portfolio, with particular focus on how constraints associated with gender affect adoption of improved technologies and management practices and attainment of food security, asset accumulation, and nutritional outcomes.  read more...

Enhancing women’s assets to manage risk under climate change: potential for group-based approaches

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PIM’s lead center IFPRI has just released a collections of notes under the project “Enhancing Women’s Assets to Manage Risk under Climate Change: Potential for Group-Based Approaches”. The project aims to help poor women farmers and pastoralists in Africa south of the Sahara and South Asia—especially those in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, and Bangladesh—manage risks under climate change. read more...

Reducing the gender asset gap through agricultural development

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The Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project (GAAP), jointly led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PIM, and United Nations Foundation, has just released a new Technical Resource Guide, Reducing the Gender Asset Gap through Agricultural Development.

Assets are fundamental to small farmers’ livelihoods. Learning how assets help small farmers expand production and successfully engage with agricultural value chains in the developing world is of increasing interest to researchers, development practitioners, and private sector firms alike. read more...

African Dairy Value Chain Seminar: lessons, tools, approaches to African dairy development


As we've already reported earlier, in September 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU(CTA) organized a dairy value chain seminar with support from the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions, and Markets and on Livestock and Fish.

The main topics of discussion were:

  1. African smallholder inclusion into dairy value chains
  2. Private-sector investment into the African dairy industry
  3. Gender roles and empowerment in African dairy value chains


Women’s land ownership and decision-making


Do women landowners manage the plots of land that they own?  There has been surprisingly little research on this question, although the answer is crucial to investigating whether there are gender differences in productivity or the adoption of new technology, among other issues.  This lacuna in the knowledge base is due to several factors, including the lack of appropriate sex-disaggregated data on land ownership and the prevailing assumption in the literature that the household head makes all the decisions on the plots owned by its members.  read more...