Short-­course: Improving studies in agricultural communities

IFPRI and New York University are undertaking a 3-­day intensive course in basic skills for undertaking evaluations and experiments in agricultural areas. Attendees will come away with the knowledge to plan and  implement their own simple analyses agricultural systems and communities. Content areas include impact evaluation, basic data analysis, as well as an introduction to >> Read more

Compact 2025 Initiative to hold Roundtable Discussion in Malawi

In the coming year Malawi is likely to face its largest humanitarian crisis of the decade. This dire situation, in spite of continued action by government and development partners, raises the question of what must be done to sustainably address hunger and undernutrition in this country. A new IFPRI initiative attempts to answer this question. >> Read more

IFPRI Recruiting Research Analysts

The IFPRI Malawi Strategy Support Program is recruiting several qualified Research Analysts to undertake economic research and writing on agricultural policy issues; to be hired locally through the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Successful candidates require an understanding of agriculture and rural development and experience with quantitative research methods, including data collection, management of >> Read more

Training Malawi’s Media on Food Security and Nutrition

The USAID Feed the Future Food Security Policy Innovation Lab (FSP) seeks to promote inclusive agricultural productivity growth, better nutritional outcomes, and strengthened livelihood resilience through enhanced policy environments. On 18-22 April 2016, IFPRI and the University of Pretoria colleagues conducted a training workshop with members of the Malawi food security and nutrition media network >> Read more

The Economics of Land Degradation

In cooperation with colleagues from the Center for Development Research (ZEF), IFPRI researchers globally assessed the economics of land degradation and improvement. Their findings are detailed in a recently published book. Results from Malawi and Tanzania case studies were also summarized in a Policy Brief. Researchers find that 41% of land mass in Malawi is >> Read more

IFPRI’s 2016 Global Food Policy Report

The Global Food Policy Report is IFPRI’s flagship publication. This year’s annual report examines major food policy issues, global and regional developments, and commitments made in 2015, and presents data on key food policy indicators. The report also proposes key policy options for 2016 and beyond to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Of particular relevance to >> Read more

Stakeholder survey to assess the quality of agriculture and food security policy processes in Malawi

The New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support Program undertook a survey June - August 2015 to inform government and other stakeholders in Malawi’s agricultural sector on how these policy processes might be improved. The sample of stakeholders who participated are involved in the processes through which agricultural and food security policy and programs are formulated and >> Read more

Maize markets symposium: event report & recommendations

On 1 October 2015, IFPRI, with support from a multi-partner planning committee, held a high-level event to explore the evidence on best practices for improving the functionality of staple food markets. Technical presentations from IFPRI, FAO, the World Bank, and IAPRI laid out evidence on the topic. Stakeholder discussions then reflected on the current realities >> Read more

Bunda Grant Scheme Mentees Chosen

We are excited to announce this years recipients of the Bunda Grant Scheme mentorship program wherein IFPRI researchers support promising young master’s students at Bunda College (LUANAR) to refine and publish their research. The recipients and their research topics are as follows: Cuthbert Chirwa -- The Impact of farm income diversification on household welfare and poverty: evidence >> Read more

Research Symposium on Making Maize Market Work for All

Last week, IFPRI, with support from a multi-partner planning committee, held a high-level event to explore the evidence on best practices for improving the functionality of staple food markets. Evidence shows that issues of inflation and price seasonality can negatively impact food security and economic growth, but that there are policy solutions for addressing these challenges. The >> Read more