Archives for August 2014

New online resource highlights tools for value chain analysis

Cross-posted from IFPRI blog  Ensuring that small-scale farmers and producers enjoy a bigger piece of the financial pie is the aim of a new web resource on agricultural development. The Value Chains Knowledge Clearinghouse, led by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets, is based on the concept of Value Chains Development (VCD). The approach >> Read more

Local warming and violent conflict in Sudan

This blog was originally written for Ideas for Africa The study presented here sheds new light on the link between the occurrence of weather shocks and violence by looking at the case of Sudan and South Sudan. Using geographically-disaggregated data from 1997 to 2009, it finds that higher temperatures greatly affect the risk of conflict. >> Read more

Identifying agricultural expenditures within the public financial accounts and coding system in Ghana

Is the ten percent government agriculture expenditure overestimated? This new discussion paper just released by IFPRI is part of four country case studies supported by PIM that take a detailed look at public expenditures in agriculture, and at how the data on expenditures are captured in government financial and budget accounts. The objective of these studies is >> Read more

Advisory and Knowledge Services: Evidence for What Works

A seminar under this title will take place on September 17, 2014 from 12 to 2 pm EDT, at IFPRI headquarters in Washington, DC. The research team working on rural advisory and knowledge services under the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) will present recent developments in their work and talk about >> Read more

Mapping crops to improve food security

In the era of big data, unmanned drones, and satellite remote sensing, our knowledge of crop growing locations remains surprisingly limited. We have even less information on crop yields that vary from plot to plot. While some developed countries have started to map their crops, most developing countries have no such capacity. Information on the >> Read more