Archives for February 2015

Avoiding the risk of the unknown

Lessons learned from a gender inclusive survey on index insurance in coastal Bangladesh

Is another Asian-style Green Revolution good for Africa?

“Assuming Africa is an appropriate setting for another Asian-style Green Revolution is misleading and could result in, yet again, a frustrated attempt to attain sustainable agricultural growth,” says IFPRI Senior Research Fellow Alejandro Nin-Pratt, lead author of the study that just received the Elsevier Atlas Award. 

Savouring diversity: supporting community seedbanks in South Africa’s smallholder farming areas

For ages, rural farmers have maintained local seeds, and through them crop biodiversity, using indigenous knowledge passed to them by their ancestors. Farmers select, plant, harvest, clean and store their seeds to feed their families and keep some for the next planting season. They also exchange and share seeds with their neighbors, friends, extended families. >> Read more

First IAAE 2015 Carl K. Eicher Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation

Family, friends and colleagues of the late Carl K. Eicher have established a fund under the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) to support an award for the best doctoral dissertation on Africa to honor the outstanding contributions of the late Professor Eicher to African agricultural research and education. 

How much investment is needed to reduce postharvest losses?

The 2008 and 2011 food price spikes sparked concerns about whether the growing global population would be able to feed itself in years to come, and with this came a renewed increase in interest in the level of postharvest losses (PHL) and the potential to improve food security by reducing them. It has been estimated >> Read more