Webinar: Helping smallholder farmers manage risks: Innovations to improve agricultural insurance

While agricultural insurance has been around for a long time, its adoption by smallholders around the world has been limited. High costs, asymmetric information, moral hazard, lack of trust are among the reasons. Join our webinar on September 19 to learn about two innovative approaches to agricultural insurance that aim to overcome these challenges.

Women at work

In the 1970s, Nepal began an ambitious nationwide forests rights devolution program, eventually seeing a significant range of forest uses and management taken out from the purview of the national government and put in the hands of Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs). PIM-supported research by CIFOR looks at the changes in ecosystem services following the shift to CFUGs, showing a host of improvements, particularly for women.

PIM workshop at ICAE 2018 explored challenges and opportunities for rural transformation in the 21st century

On July 28, as part of the 30th International Conference of Agricultural Economists (ICAE), the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) held a pre-conference workshop titled Rural Transformation in the 21st Century: The Challenges of Low-Income, Late-Transforming Countries. The workshop was organized in fulfillment of PIM’s Second Phase (2017-2022) commitment to convene annual meetings of social scientists from across CGIAR, and became the second event in the series.

Unraveling power-play in land use planning

Land can have multiple uses with complicated, often contentious, overlapping boundaries. A forest can be the site of agricultural production, while a wetland can provide valuable nutrition in the form of aquatic protein. So what happens when multiple players are vying for land and its various uses, while continuously contesting the overlapping boundaries?

New paper on relationship between autonomy and decision making contributes to understanding and measurement of women’s empowerment

Despite widespread agreement on the importance of women’s empowerment, ambiguity still exists about how best to define and measure it. Authors of the new paper use a framework developed by psychologists and data from Bangladesh and Ghana to examine if intrahousehold decision making (sole or joint) is correlated with autonomous motivation.