Archives for October 2015

Guides for value chain development: a comparative review

In recent years, governments, donors, and NGOs have increasingly embraced value chain development (VCD) for stimulating economic growth and combating rural poverty. In line with the rise in interest, there has been a proliferation of guides for facilitating the design and implementation of VCD. Authors of the paper recently published in the Journal of Agribusiness >> Read more

Strengthening Myanmar’s agricultural policy system through communications and advocacy

Adapted from Caitlin Shaw's post on IFPRI's Capacity Strengthening blog with contributions from Suresh Babu. Strengthening all actors of a country's policy system is critical for a well-functioning policy process. This is particularly true for the agricultural sector in developing countries, where the participants involved in the policy process range from farmers to parliamentarians. In Myanmar, a country currently >> Read more

Impact assessment review of IFPRI’s research program on social protection, 2000–2012

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the CGIAR Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) commissioned and recently released an ex-post impact assessment review of the IFPRI’s social protection research program for the period 2000–2012. Completed by the group of experts from TANGO International, the report and accompanying brief are now available online and can >> Read more

Patterns of agricultural production among male and female holders in Ethiopia

The new report "Patterns of Agricultural Production among Male and Female Holders: Evidence from Agricultural Sample Surveys in Ethiopia" by the Research for Ethiopia's Agriculture Policy (REAP) project explores gender differences in how Ethiopian farmers engage in agricultural production.

In focus: Jobs in agriculture for young people

As we at CGIAR design the second phase of CGIAR Research Programs (2017-2022), we are incorporating issues newly requiring increased attention. Employment—and especially jobs for young people—is one such area. Automation and expansion of information and communication technologies (ICT) bring clear benefits, including to the world’s poor. But they also appear to be reducing the number >> Read more