Introducing Africa south of the Sahara Food Security Portal

Africa south of the Sahara Food Security Portal, launched in 2015 and facilitated by IFPRI, is a clearinghouse for food security- and nutrition-related data, research, and news at both the regional and the national level. A thematic blog provides the latest publications and analysis on topics like food access and consumption, risk and resilience, input >> Read more

Reinforcing the gender lens in research on value chains and technology adoption

The CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) and on Roots, Tubers, and Bananas (RTB) have been collaborating on reinforcing the gender focus in research on value chains development and technology adoption for a few years now. In this post, our colleagues from the International Potato Center (CIP) share some recent updates on >> Read more

Call for Concept Proposals for the Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) project

Application deadline: April 30, 2016 In collaboration with Cornell University, the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) will provide technical mentorship and support for early-career African researchers who will be selected for fellowship under the STAARS initiative. PIM is happy to announce a call for concept proposals for the Structural Transformation of African Agriculture >> Read more

What do we mean by ‘women’s crops’?

“Women’s crops” is a familiar feature in writing about smallholder agriculture in Africa south of the Sahara. Although not always easy to define, they generally refer to crops grown by women for home consumption rather than for sale. The growth of domestic and regional markets has opened new opportunities for commercializing these crops. This is >> Read more

Public expenditure in agriculture: trends, “black boxes”, and more

Sustainable growth and inclusive rural transformation require provision of key public goods and services, all of which cost money. Managing competing claims for resources within the budget process and assuring execution of budgets as planned are major challenges for all governments. Governments in poor countries face particularly hard choices in public expenditure due to scarcity >> Read more