PIM News: March 2020


March 31, 2020

Dear PIM colleagues and friends,

This issue of PIM News comes in the midst of an extreme global turmoil caused by the novel Coronavirus. The situation is developing at an unprecedented pace and scale, and we at PIM, as well as so many people around the world, are trying to deal with it on both professional and personal levels. The top priority today is that our colleagues and their families, as well as our local and international partners, are safe. Naturally, all our in-person events, meetings, and fieldwork have been cancelled or postponed. Our team is still very busy working from homes and doing as much as possible in the virtual space. We are also discussing how we need to adjust our 2020 work plans to accommodate the unexpected changes and challenges, including how PIM’s accumulated evidence and tools can support short, medium, and long-term responses to COVID-19.

Please, stay home and stay well!

Frank Place, PIM Director

See an excerpt with our featured recent publications below and read the full issue here>>


Decentralization without democracy

World Politics
Katrina Kosec (IFPRI) and Tewodaj Mogues (IMF) show that decentralization in an autocratic context (Ethiopia) can improve delivery of productive public services, specifically, agricultural services, but has no effect on social services, such as drinking water services.

Beneficiary views on cash and in-kind payments: Evidence from the Ethiopia's Productive Safety Net Programme  

World Bank Economic Review
Kalle Hirvoven (IFPRI) and John Hoddinott (Cornel University) find that - despite economists’ default assumption that cash is always preferable to an in-kind transfer - most beneficiaries of the Ethiopia's Productive Safety Net Programme prefer their payments only or partly in food.

Does relative deprivation induce migration? Evidence from Sub‐Saharan Africa

American Journal of Agricultural Economics
Kashi Kafle (IWMI), Rui Benfica (IFPRI/PIM), and Paul Winters (IFAD) find that a household's migration decision is based not only on its absolute well‐being but also its well-being in relation to the community in which it resides. The effect of relative deprivation on migration is amplified in rural, agricultural, and male‐headed households.

Agricultural growth and rural poverty reduction in India: Targeting investments and input subsidies

India Studies in Business and Economics book series (Springer)
The new book by Seema Bathla (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Pramod Kumar Joshi (IFPRI), and Anjani Kumar (IFPRI) provides a blueprint for the allocation of public expenditures “in” and “for” agriculture at the dis-aggregated state level and suggests a reorientation in favor of disadvantaged regions where the marginal returns on additional investments would be higher.

Analyzing food systems futures

Collection of select 2019 publications from our teams in CGIAR and beyond, assessing how climate change & other drivers can affect  agricultural production, food demand, trade, diets, hunger, and natural resources.

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