Archives for October 2016

Book: Innovation for inclusive value-chain development: Successes and challenges

The new book edited by a group of authors working with our Inclusive Value Chains and Efficient Trade research flagship talks about value-chain development (VCD) for stimulating economic growth and combating rural poverty, that has been increasingly embraced by governments, nongovernmental organizations, donors, and the private sector. The book helps to fill the current gap in systematic knowledge about how >> Read more

International conference on Agri-Chains and Sustainable Development: Registration open

International conference on Agri-Chains and Sustainable Development: Linking local and global dynamics (AC&SD 2016) organized in Montpellier, France, on 12-14 December 2016, will bring together up to 300 delegates, including key actors from developing countries and innovators from the field from all world regions. The conference aims at strengthening the science and policy interface for the implementation of >> Read more

Journal article: Big Numbers about Small Children: Estimating the Economic Benefits of Addressing Undernutrition

Different approaches have been used to estimate the economic benefits of reducing undernutrition and to estimate the costs of investing in such programs on a global scale. While many of these studies are ultimately based on evidence from well-designed efficacy trials, all require a number of assumptions to project the impact of such trials to >> Read more

International conference on livestock value chain finance and access to credit: Call for abstracts

Improving the livelihoods of livestock smallholders and other value chain actors through livestock value addition and marketing is constrained by the lack of access to finance, working capital, affordable quality inputs, and well-structured value chains.  To address this issue, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in partnership with the Swaziland Water and Agricultural Development Enterprise (SWADE) >> Read more

“As a wife I will help, manage, and love”: The value of qualitative research in understanding land tenure and gender in Ghana

In this post I argue that qualitative field work aiming at understanding the local context is not a frivolous activity. For highly contested topics, such as gender and land, and in contexts where custom dominates, rigorous qualitative empirical work may lead to valuable insights and research outputs.