November 28, 2018
The new paper examines how subnational variation in capacity affects access to agricultural extension in rural Nepal, finding that even when resources are scarce, knowledgeable and motivated bureaucrats can deliver surprisingly high levels of services.
October 18, 2018
Discussion paper: What is the role of men in connecting women to cash crop markets? Evidence from Uganda
Programs that seek to increase women’s participation in marketing activities related to the principal household economic activity must involve men if they are to be successful. The new IFPRI Discussion Paper analyzes take-up of a project that sought to increase women’s involvement in sugarcane marketing and sales by encouraging the registration of a sugarcane block contract in the wife’s name.
August 7, 2018
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.
August 1, 2018
New paper explores how grassroots approaches to collective action and conflict prevention can increase social-ecological resilience in Guatemala
The authors use the example of the Buena Milpa agricultural development project to demonstrate how grassroots approaches to collective action, conflict prevention, and social-ecological resilience, linking local stakeholder dynamics to the broader institutional and governance context, can bear fruit amidst postconflict development challenges.
June 20, 2018
Rapid urbanization in developing countries stimulates interest in understanding the impact of the nature of urbanization on the economies of these countries. The new study investigates relationship between agriculture and different sized cities in Ethiopia, with focus on teff market.
May 18, 2018
Researchers have sought to understand what keeps women’s observed rates of agricultural technology adoption low. But what happens after a new technology is adopted by a household? Do women’s lives really become better? Are they more empowered? A new paper explores these questions using the example of adopting small-scale irrigation technologies in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania.
April 18, 2018
The new paper investigates how youth migration in Ethiopia and Malawi affects household labor, hired labor demand, and income, and whether these effects vary by migrant sex and destination.
March 12, 2018
Journal article: Small firms, structural change and labor productivity growth in Africa: Evidence from Tanzania
Africa’s impressive economic performance over the past two decades has been accompanied by a proliferation of small firms, many of which operate in the informal sector. The new paper contributes to the understanding of the role that small firms play in a rapidly growing, but still poor, African economy.
February 14, 2018
The new paper presents an assessment of alternative, long-term energy supply and low-carbon strategies for the Philippine power sector from 2014 to 2040 using TIMES model. It examines the potential contribution of renewable energy to diversify the Philippine energy supply-mix to meet future electricity demands.