Archives for September 2017

Webinar: Strengthening developing-country seed systems and markets. Policy trade-offs, unintended consequences, and operational realities

This webinar on October 25 will explore novel approaches to strengthening seed systems and markets, including policies related to varietal release procedures, quality assurance, access to early generation seed, input subsidy programs, among several others. It will draw on examples from a range of crops cultivated in countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Zambia.

Picture-based crop insurance: Is it feasible? Is it sustainable?

Millions of smallholder farmers around the world lack access to affordable insurance - their farms are often too small and too remote for insurers to economically verify damage. In collaboration with the private sector and the development community, researchers have been looking for alternative types of insurance that do not require insurance companies to verify damage on a case-by-case basis.

Webinar recording: What determines public budgets for agricultural growth in the developing world?

Our fourth webinar in the 2017 series posed some very important questions: How much do governments invest in agriculture? Are these expenditures worth it? And what are the reasons for under-investment? We thank Tewodaj Mogues (IFPRI) for the excellent presentation and all live participants for attention and very interesting discussion.

Gender Dynamics in Seed Systems: CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research announces results of the call for proposals

The call, announced in August, invited CGIAR researchers to submit proposals on gender relations vis-a-vis technological and institutional innovation, with a focus on gender dynamics in seed systems. Five selected projects will be carried out during the next 18 months and will be co-funded by Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) through the Gender Platform and other CGIAR research programs involved.

What happened at the SPIA-PIM Conference on Impacts of International Agricultural Research?

The ISPC's Standing Panel on Impact Assessment (SPIA) and the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) jointly organized a Conference on Assessing the Impacts of Agricultural Research: Rigorous Evidence for Policy in Nairobi in early July. The event drew 180 participants, just over half from CGIAR. For SPIA, the conference was the opportunity to >> Read more