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How is SPEED being applied in research?


Cross-posted from IFPRI Research Blog

Public investment has gained importance in development in recent years. In the Malabo Declaration on African Agriculture and CAADP from 2014, heads of state and government of the African Union recommitted to uphold the target of allocating 10 percent of total spending to agriculture, as originally agreed in the 2003 Maputo Declaration. As part of the strategy to finance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2016-2030, the role of public investment is pivotal, especially since many of the goals relate to core public services such as health and education. Comprehensive monitoring and analysis of public expenditures are key components of achieving both the goals expressed in the Malabo Declaration and the SDGs.  read more...

Karen Brooks a keynote speaker at The Crawford Fund’s annual conference


PIM Director Dr Karen Brooks will be one of the two keynote speakers at The Crawford Fund’s annual conference this year. Titled “Waste Not, Want Not: The Circular Economy to Food Security”, the 2016 conference will be held in Canberra, Australia on 29 and 30 August and will focus on food loss and waste issues along the supply chain—in production, in getting product to market, and in the management and reuse of waste, with a special presentation on the role of supermarkets. In her presentation titled “Waste Not, Warm Not: Poverty, Hunger, and Climate Change in a Circular Food System” Karen will suggest combining economic and environmental perspectives to look at the full picture. read more...

Workshop: Innovative methods for measuring adoption of agricultural technologies


A workshop on "Innovative methods for measuring adoption of agricultural technologies: Establishing proof of concept and thinking about scaling up" will take place on August 3-4 in Boston, USA following the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economic Association (AAEA). The event is jointly organized by Michigan State University, the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) of the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC), and the CGIAR Research Program on Policy, Institutions, and Markets (PIM).  read more...

CIMMYT gathers partners to discuss biotic stress and crop model integration


When crops are damaged by other living organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, insects and other pests, weeds or even cultivated plants competing for space and nutrients, we talk of the biotic stress. Biotic stresses are a major constraint to agricultural productivity in low and middle income countries. They affect poor producers and consumers the most and undermine food security in general.

Examples of some biggest current concerns related to biotic stress are the wheat diseases fusarium head blight (FHB), wheat blast (caused by fungi), and the maize lethal necrosis (MLN) caused by viruses (also read here).  read more...

CGIAR gender research training with Penn State features PIM and RTB research on value chains


Cross-posted from RTB

Research and lessons learned from a collaboration between the CGIAR Research Programs on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), and Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) to produce gender-sensitive tools to make value chain interventions more gender responsive have been shared during a training workshop for CGIAR gender research experts.  read more...

Small changes for big improvements: Criteria for evaluating indicators of gender gaps in control over productive resources


There is an increasing need for indicators that can track the impacts of agricultural policies and technologies upon gender inequalities at the national and international levels. A recent working paper commissioned by the CGIAR Gender and Agricultural Research Network reviews the body of published research that uses such indicators and recommends a set of robust indicators that can help measure these impacts, either using data that already exist, or data that could be collected through relatively simple additions to existing national and international surveys. read more...