Medium-scale farms are on the rise in Africa. Why this is good news

Driven by population growth and growing land scarcity, most African farm households are witnessing the gradual sub-division of their land. Over time farms are getting smaller and smaller. Today, over 80% of farms in relatively densely populated countries are smaller than one hectare.

Why the influence of agricultural policy research is probably greater than we think

It is commonly understood that agricultural and food security policy research can influence policy only through direct engagement with policy makers. Another common view is that good policy analysis must be “demand driven” and follow these measurable steps: engage with policy makers to learn what their priority policy challenges are; researchers respond to policy makers’ >> Read more

Integrating Value Chain research across CGIAR

In early October 2018, PIM’s Flagship on Inclusive and Efficient Value Chains hosted a workshop on Integrating Value Chain Research across CGIAR. The goal of the meeting, held jointly with our partner Wageningen University and Research, was to catalyze the development of a CGIAR Value Chains community of practice.

PIM Flagship Notes 2018: Overview and recent achievements

Six newly released two-page brochures, representing each of the PIM research areas ('flagships'), give a quick overview of our research agenda and recent achievements.

WEBINAR: Aspirations, trust, and poverty reduction

Understanding the psychological dimensions of poverty is critical for understanding how to alleviate it. This webinar with Katrina Kosec on Dec 19 will highlight novel research on two psychological phenomena that are closely linked with experiencing poverty and economic vulnerability: 1) having low aspirations, or ambitions, for the future, and 2) having low levels of trust or confidence in one’s government.

WEBINAR: Community forest concessions in Petén, Guatemala: Effective governance for tropical forest conservation and socio-economic development

The devolution of forest rights to local communities is seen as a critical element of strategies aimed at conserving tropical forests and strengthening livelihoods based on them. In this webinar on December 13, we will present findings of an in-depth study of 12 community concessions in the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Petén, Guatemala that focuses on the community forest enterprises.