Archives for November 2013

Booklet on Neglected and Underutilized Species published by Bioversity International

Neglected and underutilized species (NUS) are those to which little attention is paid or which are entirely ignored by agricultural researchers, plant breeders and policymakers. Typically, NUS are not traded as commodities. Many of these varieties and species, along with a wealth of traditional knowledge about their cultivation and use, are being lost at an >> Read more

Conference on traditional crops for a food secure Africa successfully held in Ghana

Traditional crops can play a more prominent role in African countries’ quests for food and nutritional security, agricultural sustainability and adaptation to climate change. Yet, to ensure that research on neglected and underutilized species (NUS) is demand-oriented and that results are better shared and applied, researchers, extension agents, the private sector and farmers must engage >> Read more

“Mainstreaming Livestock Value Chains” Conference – Highlights

The conference on Mainstreaming Livestock Value Chains: Bridging the Research Gap between Household Analysis and Policy Modeling was held in Accra, Ghana on 5-6 November 2013. The main objective of the conference was to address gaps in the design and application of analytical tools for livestock policy and impact analysis. More specifically, the conference aimed >> Read more

Summary of PIM’s extension workshop now available

PIM organized a workshop titled “Research on Agricultural Extension Systems: What Have We Learned, and Where Do We Go From Here?” held at IFPRI on October 15-16, 2013. Approximately 35 participants from CGIAR, universities, multilateral agencies, NGOs, regional networks, private sector, and donor organizations attended the event. The aim of the workshop was to identify >> Read more

Highlights from SPAP meeting

The PIM Science and Policy Advisory Panel (SPAP) met in Washington DC on October 23-24, 2013. Panel members attending included Hartwig de Haen (University of Göttingen), Lidinwe Sibanda (FANRPAN), Sukhadeo Thorat (Jawaharlal Nehru University and Indian Council for Social Science Research), and Alberto Valdes (Universidad Catolica de Chile). Christopher Barrett (Cornell University), Jikun Huang (Center >> Read more