Agriculture support services: Direct effects, complementarities and time dynamics

Rural poverty remains a pervasive problem in Malawi, and many poverty reduction interventions focus on transitioning rural households out of subsistence agriculture. In a country like Malawi, where smallholder farmers constitute roughly 80 percent of the population and produce about 80 percent of the country’s food, this approach is unlikely to be effective, particularly in >> 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

Adoption and impact of climate smart maize varieties in southern Africa

The economies of many African countries depend on the agricultural sector. However, the sector has performed poorly in recent years, posing challenges to countries’ development goals of ensuring food security and reducing poverty. This is due in part to over-dependence on rain-fed agriculture, as well as climate change and variability. Droughts can severely impact crop >> 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

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

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