What happened at the SPIA-PIM Conference on Impacts of International Agricultural Research?

The ISPC's Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) jointly organized a Conference on Assessing the Impacts of Agricultural Research: Rigorous Evidence for Policy in Nairobi in early July. The event drew 180 participants, just over half from CGIAR. For SPIA, the conference was the opportunity to >> Read more

Webinar: What determines public budgets for agricultural growth in the developing world?

When: 26 September 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Presenter: Tewodaj Mogues, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
Why do policymakers often tend to neglect agricultural investments with proven high returns, such as agricultural R&D, while types of agricultural public spending with much more limited welfare impact, such as agricultural input subsidies, gain strong budgetary attention?

Book: Agriculture, Development, and the Global Trading System: 2000-2015

The new IFPRI book is devoted to the complex relationship between the global trading system and food security. The contributors focus on two important elements of the relationship between the trading system and food security: the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organization (WTO); and whether food price volatility can be managed through trade instruments.

Webinar recording: Community forestry. Where and why has devolution of forest rights contributed to better governance and livelihoods?

Our third webinar in the 2017 monthly series was conducted by Steven Lawry (CIFOR) on August 29. In his presentation, Steve summarized the findings of selected meta-analyses, presented case studies from Nepal, Guatemala, and Mexico, and previewed emerging research that looks at the investment effects of community forestry models that feature strong elements of forest rights >> Read more

World Water Week: Experimental games spark community cooperation on groundwater in India

I grew up in Tamil Nadu, south India. It was a dry area, but a good well supplied our house and a few other houses around us. Then one year a farmer nearby installed a deeper well with an electric pump, and our well ran dry. That started a “race to the bottom”: As more and more farmers got pumpsets, the water table continued to fall and everyone had to deepen their wells to keep up.

New paper explores the measurement of women’s autonomy

Is women's participation in the household decisionmaking a good indicator that they also have individual decision-making power? Does autonomy equal empowerment? The new discussion paper by Greg Seymour (PIM/IFPRI) and Amber Peterman (UNICEF Innocenti) seeks to bridge existing gaps in understanding the measurement of women's autonomy through examples from Bangladesh and Ghana.