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Bringing statistics on public expenditures up to SPEED: database and web tool updated

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The Statistics on Public Expenditures for Economic Development, sporting a catchy acronym SPEED, is an open access database managed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with support from the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). It is also a user friendly interactive web tool allowing to view, compare, and download data on public expenditures from 147 countries from 1980-2012. read more...

Can cash transfers prevent intimate partner violence?

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is the most pervasive form of violence globally—with 1 in 3 women physically or sexually abused by a partner in her lifetime. Of course, averages hide important disparities: Women living in Tokyo’s bustling urban affluence face a different probability of victimization than an impoverished women living in the sprawling slums of Lagos. Yet, partner violence remains stubbornly high—affecting women in all walks of life across the globe.  read more...

Vacancy: Lead Adoption/Impact Economist, CIMMYT

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The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), a member of CGIAR and one of the PIM’s Participating Centers, is seeking an experienced, pro-active and results-oriented economist to develop and lead CIMMYT’s adoption and impact research portfolio. read more...

Press-release: Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean “Well Placed” to Feed Growing Global Population Due to Increased Investment in Agricultural Research

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Cross-posted from IFPRI

April 27, 2016, Washington, D.C.—New data show that Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is well situated to face the demands of a growing global population in the face of climate change, thanks to an increase in agricultural research investment since 2000. The data from Agricultural Science & Technology Indicators (ASTI), released online and summarized in a regional report, “Agricultural Research in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Cross-Country Analysis of Institutions, Investment, and Capacities,” is focused on agricultural research and development (R&D) spending, funding sources, and human capacity, and allows users to examine key indicators across countries including investment levels and growth as well as gender, age, and education levels of researchers.  read more...

Book synopsis: Innovation for inclusive value-chain development: Successes and challenges

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Innovation for inclusive value-chain development: Successes and challenges, a forthcoming book edited by André Devaux, Maximo Torero, Jason Donovan, and Douglas Horton and published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) draws on research on agricultural innovation, rural livelihoods, value chains, and contract farming in different geographic, social, economic, and institutional contexts to identify several common themes related to value chain development (VCD), some of which have policy implications. read more...

Book: Food price volatility and its implications for food security and policy

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Excerpted from the Foreword to the book written by Per Pinstrup-Andersen

The new book edited by Matthias Kalkuhl, Joachim von Braun, and Maximo Torero, is devoted to the stability dimension of food security and in particular the causes, consequences, and remedies related to extreme events in food markets. Volatility is a measure of risk and uncertainty which, in turn, is the antagonist of security. Price volatility is an intrinsically market-related economic concept. The economics of this book is, however, carefully embedded into the political, agricultural, climate, and nutritional domains. This makes the book an important contribution for the ongoing political agenda of the international community to reduce undernutrition and enhance food and nutrition security. read more...