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Strengthening Myanmar’s agricultural policy system through communications and advocacy

Goatherd in Bagan

Adapted from Caitlin Shaw's post on IFPRI's Capacity Strengthening blog with contributions from Suresh Babu.

Strengthening all actors of a country's policy system is critical for a well-functioning policy process. This is particularly true for the agricultural sector in developing countries, where the participants involved in the policy process range from farmers to parliamentarians. In Myanmar, a country currently in transition from central planning towards a participatory and inclusive policy process, effective participation by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) remains weak. read more...

Impact assessment review of IFPRI’s research program on social protection, 2000–2012


The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the CGIAR Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) commissioned and recently released an ex-post impact assessment review of the IFPRI’s social protection research program for the period 2000–2012. Completed by the group of experts from TANGO International, the report and accompanying brief are now available online and can be useful for researchers, partners and stakeholders interested in social protection research and programs in developing countries. read more...

Patterns of agricultural production among male and female holders in Ethiopia

Ethiopian woman farmer

The new report "Patterns of Agricultural Production among Male and Female Holders: Evidence from Agricultural Sample Surveys in Ethiopia" by the Research for Ethiopia's Agriculture Policy (REAP) project explores gender differences in how Ethiopian farmers engage in agricultural production. read more...

In focus: Jobs in agriculture for young people


As we at CGIAR design the second phase of CGIAR Research Programs (2017-2022), we are incorporating issues newly requiring increased attention. Employment—and especially jobs for young people—is one such area. Automation and expansion of information and communication technologies (ICT) bring clear benefits, including to the world’s poor. But they also appear to be reducing the number of jobs requiring modest skill levels and yielding incomes over the poverty line. Concern about present and future employment opportunities—in both the rich and poor countries—is high. How can agriculture contribute to the jobs agenda, with its clear linkage to poverty and food security? read more...

RTB and PIM collaborate to make value chain work gender responsive


This blog was originally posted on the Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) website.

With the aim of making postharvest work more inclusive, effective and equitable, RTB teamed up with the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) to support efforts to integrate gender into value chain approaches, tools and interventions.  read more...

PIM evaluation reports available online


In November 2013, the CGIAR Fund Council requested that all current 15 CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) undergo an evaluation process prior to the launch of the second phase of CRPs. The evaluation of the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), commissioned by the Independent Evaluation Arrangement (IEA) of CGIAR, was completed in spring 2015, and all documents related to this evaluation are now available on the IEA website. read more...