Index-based insurance: a pathway out of poverty?

Cross-posted from CCAFS A recent workshop sought solutions to index insurance challenges If the rains fail, a farmer can lose everything. With even the chance of a bad year, investing in new crop varieties and technologies might be too risky. Year after year, she’s caught in the trap of low production. Weather index-based insurance emerged at the >> Read more

“BioSight” Workshop: building a framework for modeling sustainable agricultural intensification

The workshop held over 3-4 December on the BioSight project was attended by over 40 participants from a range of CGIAR centers, Universities and Advanced Research Institutes – modeling experts in the areas of agricultural production and markets, land use, environmental quality and crop production systems, as well as experts in institutions and governance of >> Read more

Making Policy Research Conducive to Policy Change: No Simple Recipe!

Cross-posted on the A4NH website How can research generate policy-relevant evidence? How can we increase the likelihood that evidence is used effectively by decision-makers? How can researchers ensure that research serves as a “catalyst” to boost the effectiveness of policies and programs? From November 18-20th, a group of more than 50 policy experts, researchers, and practitioners >> Read more

Upcoming PIM Workshop on Agricultural Extension

The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets is organizing a workshop on "Research on agricultural extension systems: What have we learned, and where do we go from here?"  The workshop will be held on 15-16 October, 2013 at IFPRI Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Value Chains: PIM Workshop

On Thursday, July 11 2013, PIM researchers met for the Value Chains Internal Workshop at IFPRI headquarters in Washington, DC.  The meeting was led by Maximo Torero and included presentations from key Focal Points from Bioversity, CIAT, CIP, ICRAF, ICRISAT, IFPRI, IITA, and ILRI.