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

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

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

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

Malawi GHI 2016: Sustaining Progress through a Time of Crisis

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger globally, regionally, and by country. Each year the GHI is calculated and used to assess progress. By calling attention to the issue, we hope that the GHI will trigger action to reduce hunger in Malawi and around the world. This year’s >> Read more

The Food-Energy-Water Security Nexus: Policy Dialogue Workshop

Food security, energy and water constitute basic needs of households. Commonly, interventions of policymakers or other stakeholders which target the necessities of households only focus on one of these needs. However, the supply of food, energy and water depends on a complex and interrelating system of natural resources. The Food Security-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus project has >> Read more

Agricultural Policy and Institutional Strengthening Workshop on ASWAp II

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD), with support from the New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support Project (NAPAS: Malawi)  will host a National Workshop on ASWAp II- Agricultural Policy and Institutional Strengthening (APIS) from October 24 to 26, 2016 at Capital Hotel, Lilongwe. The major objectives of the workshop are for participants to: >> Read more