Malawi’s new reality: Fall Armyworm is here to stay – Part 2

Part II: Managing pests and threats in the longer term This blog series examines the current state of the Fall Armyworm crisis, which has spread across nearly the whole of Africa. In Part I, we took a closer look at the damage, especially on the maize crop, in Malawi as well as the immediate response. >> Read more

Impacts of the 2016/17 Food Insecurity Response Programme on maize prices

Following dry spells and crop damage from Fall Armyworm, there is great uncertainty about what this year's harvest will look like. In designing the response to this year's needs, lessons can be learned from the impact of last year’s Food Insecurity Response Programme (FIRP). A recent Brown Bag Research Seminar by IFPRI Malawi’s own Bob >> Read more

Save the Date – Upcoming Brown Bag Research Seminars

The IFPRI-Malawi office invites you to join us for the following seminars as part of the MaSSP Brown Bag Research Seminar series, which allows for presentation of early research results for discussion and feedback. Date Seminar Title Presenters Wednesday, March 7 2:00-3:30 Relaxing Constraints for Family Farmers: Providing Capital and Information in Malawi Susie Godlonton >> Read more

Cost of the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity in Malawi

Despite the slew of statistics about the importance of women’s participation in agriculture to feed a growing population, particularly in Africa south of the Sahara, details about the agricultural work women do and their specific constraints are not always elaborated on at the country level. We know, for example, that women comprise a large proportion >> Read more

Key lessons from the High-Level Compact2025 Forum: Moving from Relief to Resilience

On October 31, 2017, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) hosted the Compact2025 Malawi Forum in Lilongwe, calling upon stakeholders from across Ministries, development and research organizations, and civil society to discuss how Malawi can accelerate progress in moving from food relief to building food system resilience. The Compact2025 initiative aims to end hunger >> Read more

Policy Note 30: Traditional Leadership and Social Support in Southern Malawi

Food and nutrition security remains elusive in Malawi, particularly for rural, agrarian communities affected by seasonal shocks, climate change and land scarcity. Many state and donor-led social support programs exist to help villagers cope with these shocks, but less is known about informal community support systems. Policy Note 30 presents qualitative findings on the role of >> Read more

Defining and building resilience in Malawi: how Compact2025 can help

On October 31, 2017, the International Food Policy Research Institute will host the 2017 Compact2025 Forum, “Moving from Relief to Resilience: Achieving Sustainable Food Security for Malawi” at the Bingu International Conference Center in Lilongwe. In August, the Government of Malawi published the National Resilience Plan, to be followed by the forthcoming National Resilience Strategy. >> Read more

Malawi GHI 2017: Sustained improvement yet persistent hunger

Last week, IFPRI, Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide launched the 2017 Global Hunger Index. The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool developed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at global, regional and national levels. Each year, the GHI is calculated and used to measure progress. By tracking progress over time, we hope the GHI can >> Read more