PIM is happy to share its 2020 Annual Report.
In 2020, PIM findings contributed to seed policies in Nepal and Uganda, Malawi’s extension strategy and approval of insect-resistant cotton, a nationwide program aimed at improving the effectiveness of public service delivery in Uganda, social protection programs in Egypt, and school gardens for better nutrition in Papua New Guinea. At the global level, PIM research informed strategic decisions of organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GIZ, the Inter-American Development Bank, the UK Government's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization. Universities in India and South Africa incorporated tools developed with PIM support in their curricula. Examples of PIM innovations scaled up by partners in 2020 include private sector seed marketing in Ethiopia, picture-based insurance in Ethiopia, India, and Kenya, and tools for inclusive governance of natural resources in India and Peru.
Building on previous PIM investments in economywide modeling tools and social accounting matrices, our CGIAR teams assessed the impacts of COVID-19 at country level, informing responses to the pandemic in Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Malawi, Myanmar, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Tunisia. Researchers developed and carried out phone surveys to assess the consequences of COVID-19 on overall food security, value chains, small and medium enterprises, welfare of vulnerable households and/or differentiated effects on women and men in about twenty countries. To share the findings, we held several virtual events throughout the year, including topics such as the impacts of the pandemic on food policies, the contribution of trade to economic recovery, and the role of social protection in mitigating the effects of the pandemic on vulnerable households.
PIM produced about 500 publications, including 172 journal articles, four books, and 70 briefs, and launched the PIM Synthesis Briefs series designed to capture key lessons learned from the work conducted under PIM in 2017-2021. PIM trainings and webinars increased the capacity of 25,000 people in over 25 countries.