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Policies, Institutions and Markets

When policies, institutions, and markets fail, key public goods and services are undersupplied, incentives are biased against agriculture, consumers pay too much for food, and relationships that create wealth are ruptured. The Policies, Institutions and Markets research program generates knowledge on how these three areas can be improved to help smallholder farmers and poor consumers live better lives.

CTA-ILRI African dairy value chain seminar closes with colourful results

Cross-posted from ILRI News

Crossbred dairy cow

An improved, crossbred, dairy cow made available in Rwanda by an East African Dairy Development project, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and led by Heifer International; the International Livestock Research Institute is a partner in this project (picture credit: ILRI/EADD).

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) organized the CTA-ILRI African dairy value chain seminar from 21 to 24 September 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. This event was made possible thanks to funding support from CTA, the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions, and Markets and on Livestock and Fish.

Around 80 participants came from all over Africa and beyond to share their experiences, lessons learned, dairy value chain development models and analytical tools to study dairy value chains. read more...

Stronger Evidence for Better Decisions

PIM's January 2013 - June 2014 Progress Report 


Our second eighteen months report (the first one published in October 2013 and covering 2012-first half of 2013) spans the whole year of 2013 and the first six months of 2014. We hope the reader forgives our unconventional way of counting time: the initial idea to publish a 'normal' 2013 annual report was overcome by the urge to tell you what we've been doing more recently. 

PIM has nearly completed its first three years of implementation (ending December 2014) and has made notable progress in several areas during this period. In the pages of this report we are happy to share with you some of the research results and how these are being used to support policy debate; reprioritization of public expenditures; changes in rules, regulations, and programs; and increased capacity of our key partners. We also briefly outline PIM's future work for the 2015-2016 period.  read more... New tools to reduce conflict over natural resources

Cross-posted from Aquatic Agricultural Systems


Conflict over environmental resources is increasingly a threat to rural people’s livelihoods. Building dialogue among competing groups to manage resource conflict is the challenge addressed in a new suite of resources under the banner Collaborating for Resilience.

The publications use experiences from Asia and Africa to illustrate how to launch innovations that reduce the risk of social conflict, and strengthen institutions for equitable environmental governance.  read more...

Women’s landownership: Why we need to set the record straight

This blog was originally posted on the CGIAR Development Dialogues 2014 website and is an entry for the "Talking Science" competition

Advocacy and development organizations often cite claims that “women own less than one percent of world property.” The Atlantic, tracing the claim back to a 1978 journal published by the International Labour Organization, referred to it as “the feminist myth that won’t die.” The intent of this claim is to promote women’s property rights by highlighting alarming inequalities. But perpetuating such myths actually hinders efforts to increase gender equality in control over land and other property.

Why can’t we make such claims?

PIM Newsletter – June-August 2014

summer 2014 newsletter2See how we've spent the summer! An overview of the PIM program news, events, blog stories, and publications in our latest newsletter.

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New online resource highlights tools for value chain analysis


Cross-posted from IFPRI blog 

Ensuring that small-scale farmers and producers enjoy a bigger piece of the financial pie is the aim of a new web resource on agricultural development.

The Value Chains Knowledge Clearinghouse, led by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets, is based on the concept of Value Chains Development (VCD). The approach seeks to build new or strengthen existing commercial ties between two or more actors, such as businesses and consumers. Several NGOs, donors, and governments have adopted VCD as a key element of their rural poverty reduction strategies.  read more...