New study looks at early effects of Africa RISING Program in Malawi

[Originally posted on the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets website.] “Agricultural (research) programs without rigorous impact evaluation tend to focus on rapid testing (and rollout) of technologies with high-probability adopters to provide swift feedback to donor constituencies. Such programs also tend to favor numeric accomplishments over a deeper understanding of complex development >> Read more

The impact of urbanization on food systems and policy: 2017 Global Food Policy Report now out

Today, IFPRI released one of its annual flagship publications: the 2017 Global Food Policy Report, an evidence-based analysis of the latest developments in food policy across the developing world. This year's report examines how urbanization is changing food systems, health, and development. It features chapters on the importance of investing in rural-urban linkages and value chains; the >> Read more

Harnessing markets for improved nutrition

Hunger and undernutrition are long standing problems that are difficult to address in Malawi. Can markets be leveraged­—linking producers to consumers and delivering nutrient-dense food—to improve nutrition and food security, especially of the poor? Preliminary results from a recent study, “Harnessing markets for improved nutrition: A Case Study of Zomba,” were presented by Noora-Lisa Aberman >> Read more

IFPRI to join Twitter chat: When women flourish, we can end hunger

Global research has already produced evidence confirming the critical role women's empowerment plays in addressing hunger and malnutrition. In fact, many believe that half of the recent reduction in child malnutrition can be attributed to women’s empowerment. "When women flourish, we can end hunger." This is the theme of a dynamic Twitter chat taking place >> Read more

MaSSP Report: The state of agricultural extension and advisory services provision in Malawi

  Though Malawi has made some recent progress in increasing agricultural production and economic growth as well as reducing food insecurity, undernutrition and food insecurity remain widespread with 37 percent of children under five being stunted according to the 2015/16 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) and 6.7 million people estimated to be in need of >> Read more

Is irrigation in Malawi a worthwhile investment?

Investing in irrigation is often considered to be a viable approach to not only raising crop yields and farm incomes, but also mitigating the adverse effects of climate variability. This is particularly true in Malawi, where most of the economy depends on agriculture, and where frequent and severe droughts exacerbate poverty and food insecurity. Despite >> Read more

Working Paper 17: Localized public investment and agricultural performance in Malawi: An econometric approach

Using panel data econometric techniques, this paper evaluates how public expenditure influences agricultural performance at the district level in Malawi by empirically estimating localized expenditure multipliers for the districts. The results of the analysis show that public expenditures in agriculture have generally been positive, with variable impacts on agricultural growth at the district level. The >> Read more

Malawi’s First National Agriculture Policy Picks up Momentum

A few months back, in November 2016, the government of Malawi had a good reason to celebrate. Following an intensive collaborative process, a group of stakeholders—led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD)—developed and launched the country’s first ever Malawi-born National Agriculture Policy (NAP), and it was impressive. With a long list >> Read more

IFPRI leads discussion on costs and benefits of public grain reserves

Last Friday afternoon, about 20 colleagues from development partners, research organizations, and government ministries gathered at the IFPRI-Malawi office in Lilongwe to join an informal seminar, led by Dr. Nicholas Minot, Deputy Division Director of IFPRI’s Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division. The discussion, “Public grain reserves: International experience and lessons for Malawi,” explored the objectives >> Read more

Monitoring Maize Prices in Malawi: A New Report Series is Launched

Fluctuations in the price of maize—Malawi’s most important staple crop—are a huge contributor to the country’s overall food security. Providing maize price information in markets throughout the country is a critical first step to understanding and improving food security in Malawi. The Monthly Maize Market Report was developed by researchers at IFPRI-Malawi, with the main >> Read more