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

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

Smallholder Farming Systems in the Digital Age: Smartphone App for Measuring Diets and Time-use in Zambia

Gendered time use has major implications for household well-being and agricultural productivity, In particular, gendered time use effects food security and nutrition, as women are largely responsible for feeding the family. The use of mechanized farm tools can decrease the amount of time required for production, allowing households to improve their agricultural yields through improved >> Read more

Farmer-led public discussion addresses maize marketing challenges

On 8th June 2017, the Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) hosted a panel discussion at the Malawi Institute of Management to debate the policy options for addressing challenges related to maize marketing and pricing in Malawi.  The purpose of the panel discussion was to bring issues related to maize markets and pricing to the attention of the public, and to >> Read more

Policy dialogue: Improving Food Security, Diets, and Nutrition through Multi-Sectoral Action

Improving food security and nutrition requires coordinated multi-sectoral action—something which carries an array of complexities and challenges in order to be done effectively. To tackle these challenges and pave a path towards better food security and nutrition, the Malawi offices of Save the Children and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are convening a >> Read more

Harnessing the power of big data for agricultural research and development

Today marks the official launch of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, a new platform which aims to harness the power of big data for agricultural research and development. This is an exciting new frontier in agricultural research-for-development. Better use of data will help drive better policy decisions, helping solve development problems more >> Read more

Save the date: 2017 Malawi Land Symposium

Announcing the 2nd Malawi Land Symposium & launch of the land policy initiative, “Monitoring and Evaluation of Land in Africa” (MELA) project, a pilot study in Malawi. The symposium and launch will take place on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the Golden Peacock Hotel, Lilongwe, Malawi.

Using spatial data to analyze migration and employment in Malawi

Geographic information systems, or GIS, is not exactly a new concept, but there are plenty of missed opportunities to use spatial data to fill data gaps or to provide non-biased results (due to the presence of spatial autocorrelation and heterogeneity) on a variety of research topics. But first—what exactly is geospatial data? Geospatial data identifies >> 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