How diversified is cropping in Malawi? Patterns, determinants and policy implications

Micro- and macroeconomic evidence suggest that the promotion of agricultural diversification in agriculture-based developing countries is beneficial. At the microeconomic level, increased agricultural diversification promotes human nutrition and raises household incomes, while allowing farmers to adapt to the challenges posed by climate change. A study recently published in Food Security journal used Malawi as a >> Read more

Global Food Policy Report 2018 Launches

IFPRI has just launched the 2018 Global Food Policy Report, a flagship publication which reviews major food policy developments and events in the past year and looks ahead through 2018. The theme for this year’s report is globalization, examining how current changes in the flow of goods, investments, people and information impact global food system. >> Read more

What does it take to scale agricultural technologies in Malawi?

A wide variety of different agricultural innovations and technologies—from seed varieties and fertilizer trees, to inoculants and aquaculture systems—have been proposed by agricultural development programs in Malawi. But how many of these technologies have, or can, be scaled up beyond a project lifecycle? What prevents them from being scaled? How can we learn from the >> Read more

Spotlight on International Women’s Day 2018

In honor of International Women's Day 2018, IFPRI is spotlighting its work related to closing gender gaps in agriculture, poverty, and health around the world. Research plays an important role by providing the evidence on the costs of gender imbalances and benefits of eliminating them, and the effective approaches that present pathways to enduring positive >> Read more

Vacancy Announcement: Seeking two qualified Research Analysts

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)- Malawi is seeking two qualified candidates to serve as a Research Analysts attached to IFPRI Malawi's Strategy Support Program based in Lilongwe. Initial contracts will be for a period of one year. These are research positions requiring a Master's degree in Agricultural/Development Economics or related field, plus 3-5 years >> Read more

Malawi’s new reality: Fall Armyworm is here to stay – Part 1

This blog series examines the current state of the Fall Armyworm outbreak which has spread across nearly the whole of Africa. In Part 1, we take a closer look at the damage, especially on the maize crop, in Malawi as well as the immediate response. In Part 2, we consider why a short-term response alone >> Read more

Why is adoption of conservation agriculture still a hard sell in Malawi?

This blog post is based on an interview with Dr. Patrick Ward, research fellow in the Environment and Production Technology Division at IFPRI and Dr. Klaus Droppelman, process facilitator at the Institute for People, Innovation and Change in Organisations (PICOTEAM), following an end-of-project workshop held in Lilongwe on January 16-17, 2018. Smallholder farmers—in Malawi and >> Read more

Project Note: How much did the maize export ban cost Malawi?

In a new MaSSP Project Note, IFPRI Malawi estimated the potential lost revenue of Malawi's export ban on maize following the 2016/17 harvesting season. Researchers estimated K69billion as the sum of gross revenue local traders could have earned, were they permitted to export their maize to Kigali, Rwanda. The sum was estimated as up to K54billion >> Read more

Compact2025 Forum in Malawi: Moving From Relief to Resilience

Hunger and undernutrition impose enormous human and economic costs, not only increasing disease and death for millions, but also reducing global gross domestic product by US$1.4–2.1 trillion a year. Yet the tools to end them by 2025 are within our grasp. Compact2025 is an initiative launched in November 2015, which aims to end hunger and undernutrition >> Read more

Discussion Paper 1673: Capacity and Accountability in the Agricultural Extension System in Malawi

The government of Malawi is in the process of reviewing its national extension policy and developing an effective extension strategy, all while implementing and monitoring extension activities under its National Agriculture Policy. A newly published IFPRI Discussion Paper, Capacity and Accountability in the Agricultural Extension System in Malawi: Insights from a Survey of Service Providers in 15 Districts, >> Read more