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Workshop: Innovative methods for measuring adoption of agricultural technologies

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Discussion paper: A systematic review of cross-country data initiatives on agricultural public expenditures in developing countries

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One of the most important instruments that developing and transitioning countries possess to achieve the transformation of their economies through meeting key development outcomes and impacts, especially where the agricultural sector plays a key role, is efficient and effective agricultural public expenditures (AgPEs), coupled with a conducive policy environment and dynamic private investments. Practitioners and policy makers increasingly recognize that public investment in agriculture is a key determinant of productivity growth, essential to meeting the demands on and the strategic role of the sector. To ensure much-needed improvements in resource allocation decisions and complementary policy decisions, it is vital for these countries and development partners to possess sound and adequate databases that will enable appropriate types of evidenced-based AgPE analysis. read more...

Working paper: Indicators of gendered control over agricultural resources

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A guide for agricultural policy and research

Women are farmers and agricultural laborers in every part of the world. They are often responsible for the storage and processing of agricultural products. In some parts of the world, they play a key role in marketing crops. In almost all contexts, they play a central role in ensuring household food security, a goal that in turn affects crop choice and other agricultural decisions. Thus, every agricultural intervention is likely to impact women and, depending on the particular context of gender relations, impact them differently from men. read more...