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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.

Two more things you need to know about sex-disaggregated data

Cross-posted from A4NH Gender-Nutrition Blog


Photo by BAIF Foundation, Maharastra, India. Source: Flickr (Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security)

This month we’re continuing a conversation we started in May with two gender researchers from the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). Cheryl Doss, an economist at Yale University, and Caitlin Kieran, Senior Research Assistant on gender for PIM at the International Food Policy Research Institute, tell us a bit more about the contribution of sex-disaggregated data in agriculture, nutrition and health research. read more...

Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) Conference focuses on growth, trade in Africa

The following is a slightly modified version of a story that was originally published on IFPRI’s Food Security Portal. Cross-posted from IFPRI Blogs.

GTAP Conf 2014

Source: GTAP/Purdue University

The last ten years have witnessed incredible economic and agricultural growth in Africa. Between 2000 and 2010, the continent was home to six of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world.

However, can this growth continue in a sustainable, inclusive way?

Yes, if managed carefully through strategic investments in infrastructure and stable financial institutions, according to Njuguna Ndung’u, Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, who spoke at the 17th Annual Conference on Global Economic AnalysThe conference, co-organized by the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) and the African Growth and Development Modeling Consortium (AGRODEP), and held from June 18-20 in Dakar, Senegal, brought together 194 economists from 52 countries to discuss issues of food policy, trade, and economic vulnerability, with a particular focus on Africa. read more...

Gender and Agriculture: A Focus on Bangladesh

Cross-posted from A4NH

GAAP workshop 06-18 Bangladesh

Workshop panel, from L-R: Dr. Akhter Ahmed, Chief of Party, Policy Research and Strategy Support Program, IFPRI-Dhaka; Chief Guest, Dr. Shelina Afroza, Secretary in the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock; and Dr. Agnes Quisumbing, senior research fellow at IFPRI and workshop Chair.

On June 18th, IFPRI hosted a one-day workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh, entitled “Gender and Agriculture: A Focus on Bangladesh,” attended by more than 90 participants. The workshop included presentations on multi-country agriculture and gender projects, with an emphasis on research results from Bangladesh.

Chaired by Dr. Agnes Quisumbing, a senior research fellow in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division at IFPRI and co-Principal Investigator for the Gender, Agriculture & Assets Project (GAAP) and BMZ project, the workshop was sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); the GAAP, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM); and IFPRI.  read more...

Paving the Path for Gender Equality in Agriculture: Upcoming workshop

Cross-posted from REAP

Ethiopia Gender workshop

Source: Flickr/tressftf

On July 8 & 9, 2014, the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) will host a two-day workshop on the role of gender in agriculture in Ethiopia. The workshop has been organized in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture’s Women’s Affairs Directorate, the EIAR, the Central Statistical Agency, the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, and the International Food Policy Research Institute.

The purpose of the workshop is to stimulate discussion and collaboration among key players in Ethiopia’s agriculture system to shape future gender work in the country.  read more...

Yemen Spatial: A tool to help the country reach its food security goals

Cross-posted from IFPRI


Screenshot of Arab Spatial website (July 2, 2014).

Yemen ranks among the ten most food-insecure countries globally and has child malnutrition rates of nearly sixty percent, the highest in the Arab World. These two figures underscore the country’s future social and economic development challenges.

Yemen Spatial, an online food security mapping and charting tool, was launched last week in Sana’a at the joint Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MoPIC) and FAO Food Security Information System (FSIS) Inception Workshop. read more...

Workshop on Institutions for Ecosystem Services: Call for abstracts


The program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi), part of the CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), Water, Land, and Ecosystems (WLE), and Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry (FTA), is accepting abstracts on the topic of “Institutions for Ecosystem Services” that will be presented at an international research workshop on October 27-29, 2014 at the International Food Policy Research Institute’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The call is open for researchers and partners participating in PIM, WLE, and FTA projects.

Abstracts must be received by August 6, 2014.

Read more about the workshop and the abstract submission here

Enhancing Resilience in African Drylands

Video of this interesting discussion during the IFPRI 2020 Conference (15-17 May, 2014) is now available.

On May 15 this year, more than 800 experts and practitioners from food, nutrition, health, agriculture, humanitarian, and related development sectors met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a three-day conference, “Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security,” organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with support from many partners, including PIM.  read more...

Farming on Big Wheels: What can Africa and Asia learn from each other?

mechanisation workshop Beijing3

Press-release cross-posted from IFPRI about the workshop organised by the National School of Development at Peking University and the International Food Policy Research Institute with support from PIM and USAID.

18 June 2014, BEIJING, CHINA--A two-day international gathering has begun that centers on agricultural mechanization in Asia and Africa amid urbanization and economic growth.

Today and tomorrow, researchers, policymakers, and private sector representatives from both continents will share lessons and experiences at the workshop “Mechanization and Agricultural Transformation in Asia and Africa.” The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the National School of Development at Peking University (NSD) co-organized the event, which serves as an important opportunity for south-south learning by providing a platform for scholars and practitioners to exchange ideas and best practice. read more...

PIM Newsletter – April-May 2014

NL captionAn overview of the PIM program news, events, featured blog stories and publications in the latest issue of our bi-monthly newsletter.

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Global Futures and Strategic Foresight Program: third 2014 IMPACT training at WorldFish

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The third and final IMPACT training this year (see our report about the previous one here), provided as part of the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight Program (GFSF), supported jointly by the Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationCCAFS, and PIM and organized by the IFPRI’s GFSF team took place at WorldFish in Penang, Malaysia, on April 28 – May 9.   read more...