PIM Newsletter: July – September 2017

In this issue: Information about our research, events, and publications in the past three months, calendar of upcoming events, and the new PIM Outcome Note summarizing achievements of our social protection work. Each of our six flagship programs presents an update for the third quarter 2017. 

Strengthening resilience of rural households through improved social protection

PIM’s research on social protection, led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in partnership with governments and development agencies, has supported increased investment in social protection programs, reaching roughly 8 million beneficiaries in Ethiopia, more than one million beneficiaries in Bangladesh, and more than one million in Tanzania. The new PIM Outcome Note summarizes these achievements. 

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.