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.

Webinar: What determines public budgets for agricultural growth in the developing world?

When: 26 September 2017, 11:00 AM EST
Presenter: Tewodaj Mogues, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
Why do policymakers often tend to neglect agricultural investments with proven high returns, such as agricultural R&D, while types of agricultural public spending with much more limited welfare impact, such as agricultural input subsidies, gain strong budgetary attention?

Journal article: Aspirations and the role of social protection: Evidence from a natural disaster in rural Pakistan

Citizens’ aspirations are increasingly recognized as an important dimension of their well-being. Those with high aspirations set ambitious goals for themselves, and those with low aspirations may fall prey to a poverty trap. Do natural disasters negatively impact aspirations? If so, can governments blunt these effects? The new article in the World Development by Katrina Kosec and Cecilia >> Read more

Webinar recording: The rise of medium-scale farms in Africa

This webinar by Prof. Thomas Jayne (MSU) on May 23, 2017 highlighted the causes and consequences of changing farm size distributions in sub-Saharan Africa. Watch the webinar recording and join the conversation in the comments section below.

Workshop: The Role of Information in Improving Rural Services and Governance

This workshop aims to shed light on whether and how greater access to information stemming from institutional or technological innovations can improve rural service delivery and governance. It brings together a diverse group of researchers who will present work examining a variety of different services and aspects of rural governance and exchange feedback.