World Water Week: Experimental games spark community cooperation on groundwater in India

I grew up in Tamil Nadu, south India. It was a dry area, but a good well supplied our house and a few other houses around us. Then one year a farmer nearby installed a deeper well with an electric pump, and our well ran dry. That started a “race to the bottom”: As more and more farmers got pumpsets, the water table continued to fall and everyone had to deepen their wells to keep up.

New paper explores the measurement of women’s autonomy

Is women's participation in the household decisionmaking a good indicator that they also have individual decision-making power? Does autonomy equal empowerment? The new discussion paper by Greg Seymour (PIM/IFPRI) and Amber Peterman (UNICEF Innocenti) seeks to bridge existing gaps in understanding the measurement of women's autonomy through examples from Bangladesh and Ghana.

How much for the local apples?

Study showed that nearly 75% of consumers in Cusco, Peru were willing to pay at least 10% more for the locally grown fruits. Those ready to pay premium were on average younger, more educated, had higher household incomes, and had more young children.

Nutrition behavior change communication causes sustained effects on infant and young child nutrition knowledge

Behavior change communication (BCC) can improve infant and young child nutrition knowledge, practices, and health outcomes. However, few studies have examined whether the improved knowledge persists after BCC activities end. The new paper assesses the effect of nutrition sensitive social protection interventions on IYCN knowledge in rural Bangladesh, both during and after intervention activities.

Researchers receive Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for farm input subsidy work in Sub-Saharan Africa

An international team of agricultural researchers led by a Michigan State University professor has been recognized for the quality of its work and its impacts on agricultural policy in Africa. The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association has bestowed the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis on a team led by Thomas Jayne, professor in the >> Read more