New ASTI/AWARD portal supports women’s representation in African agricultural research

Women contribute important insights in agricultural research. Whether as government researchers, university professors, or senior research managers, their perspectives are essential for addressing the unique and pressing challenges of all farmers, particularly female farmers. Hiring women can also help alleviate staffing shortages in many African agricultural research agencies. These are a few of many good >> Read more

Webinar: What levels and composition of investment best serve global objectives of sustainable development?

Our second webinar in the May-October 2017 monthly series, conducted by Mark Rosegrant, Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute, was dedicated to findings from a recent analysis of the impacts of alternative agricultural investments on global objectives of sustainable development. Watch the webinar recording

Exploring the impacts of alternative investments on poverty, hunger, and environment

The recent report by the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight team (part of PIM's research flagship 1) seeks to help the CGIAR centers and research programs, as well as donors and other decision makers assess the overall impact and benefits of investing in international and national agricultural research programs.

Evaluating impact of participatory agricultural interventions: do we see what we want to see?

“Agricultural (research) programs without rigorous impact evaluation tend to focus on rapid testing (and rollout) of technologies with high-probability adopters to provide swift feedback to donor constituencies. Such programs also tend to favor numeric accomplishments over a deeper understanding of complex development processes with the unintended consequence of promoting solutions without strong evidence of impact >> Read more

Exploring farmers’ willingness to pay for drought tolerance in maize in Zimbabwe

Adoption of new technologies depends significantly on whether potential users are willing to pay a premium for the associated benefits. The new study explores farmers’ willingness to pay for drought tolerance (DT) in maize, a crop playing a leading role in the food security in southern Africa. Focusing on Zimbabwe, this research aimed at estimating the implicit >> Read more