Reflections from a policy discussion on multi-sectoral action for improved nutrition

On 30th May 2017, IFPRI and Save the Children co-hosted a technical and policy discussion, bringing together nearly 100 development partners, including implementers, researchers, and donors, to discuss ways to better coordinate multisectoral efforts on development initiatives intended to have an impact on food security, diets, and nutrition. The event was intended as a platform >> Read more

Malawi’s 2017/18 National Budget: An Outlook for the Agriculture Sector

On 19th May 2017, Malawi’s Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development presented the 2017/18 National Budget in Parliament—a critical step in the process for approving the next fiscal year budget by 1st July. The total National Budget is planned at Malawian Kwacha (MK) 1, 299,379 million out of which 85 percent (MK1,108,010 million) will >> Read more

Bunda Grant Scheme: Announcing 2017 cohort

IFPRI-Malawi is pleased to announce the newest 2017 participants selected for our Bunda Grant Scheme (BGS) mentorship program, which offers a group of promising young master’s students from Bunda College at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources (LUANAR) mentorship from IFPRI researchers in order to refine and publish their research. The program has been running >> Read more

Malawi’s agriculture extension system at a crossroads: Two perspectives

If agriculture is the main lifeline for Malawi, then agriculture extension is the blood, the fuel for the engine.  In other words, without a functioning and adequately resourced extension system, agricultural growth has no path forward. In fact, during the extensive consultation process to develop Malawi’s first National Agriculture Policy in 2015, extension services were >> Read more

Op-ed: Is smuggling of maize necessarily bad?

In recent days, MDF troops have been deployed to the northern border to prevent the smuggling of maize into Tanzania and Zambia.  While this action seems a natural response during a year of national food shortage, four factors should give us pause for thought.

Malawi’s First National Agriculture Policy Picks up Momentum

A few months back, in November 2016, the government of Malawi had a good reason to celebrate. Following an intensive collaborative process, a group of stakeholders—led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD)—developed and launched the country’s first ever Malawi-born National Agriculture Policy (NAP), and it was impressive. With a long list >> Read more

Journal Article: Beyond agriculture versus non-agriculture: Decomposing sectoral growth–poverty linkages

This journal article addresses a key debate regarding Africa’s development, which is often cast as “agriculture versus non-agriculture”, with agriculture’s proponents arguing that agricultural growth is more effective at reducing poverty. This “dual economy” perspective overlooks the heterogeneity within and synergies between these two broad sectors. Recent studies decompose agriculture into subsectors and find that >> 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 Nexus Video

A new video was developed by the Food-Energy-Water Nexus Project in Malawi, a collaboration of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Hohenheim, Germany, and the International Food Policy Research Institute. 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 >> Read more

New project on agriculture extension in Malawi

IFPRI is starting a new evidence-based policy support project titled: "Assessing and Enhancing the Capacity, Performance and Impact of the Pluralistic Agricultural Extension System in Malawi." The project will analyze the demand for and supply of agricultural extension services in Malawi in order to design and undertake activities that will strengthen the capacity of various service >> Read more