Workshop: Impact evaluation for definition of priorities of agricultural research

Climate change, growing population, mounting pressure on existing productive resources call for innovation and more sustainable approaches in agriculture worldwide. The attention to agricultural innovation in Latin America is high, supported by a set of public and private initiatives financed by international credit institutions, such as the World Bank, national governments, and private organizations. As >> Read more

Biotechnology and agriculture: facing opportunity and criticism of equal proportion

David Spielman, senior research fellow at IFPRI and PIM’s leader of the Science Policy and Incentives for Innovation research cluster, recently participated in the International Symposium on The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In his blog Walking the >> Read more

To the Editor: “Socio-economic data products are increasingly available to the public”

Originally posted on IFPRI Blog   HarvestChoice researchers summarize new data paradigm in the journal Nature Climate Change. In a Nature Climate Change commentary published last year, Otto et al. highlight a scalar divide in data between natural and social sciences and point out the need for subnational socioeconomic datasets, calling for a “new paradigm in >> Read more

Building capacity and a forum for collaboration

As part of its work under PIM (Flagship 1) and the Global Futures & Strategic Foresight (GFSF) project, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) organized a five-day training workshop titled “Crop and Bioeconomic Modeling under Uncertain Climate”. The training took place on 7-11 December 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

Strategic foresight? What’s that?

…we often hear when introducing the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight project to our internal and external partners. Yes, let’s admit it: strategic foresight is still an unfamiliar concept to many, even among our colleagues. If you don’t understand something, you are often naturally biased against it. To change this undermining attitude towards our work, >> Read more