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

Maize markets symposium: event report & recommendations

On 1 October 2015, IFPRI, with support from a multi-partner planning committee, held a high-level event to explore the evidence on best practices for improving the functionality of staple food markets. Technical presentations from IFPRI, FAO, the World Bank, and IAPRI laid out evidence on the topic. Stakeholder discussions then reflected on the current realities >> Read more

Launch of the Malawi Agricultural Statistics Master Plan

The agricultural statistics sub-sector has developed ‘The Agricultural Statistics Strategic Master Plan (SMP)’ in order to improve integration, coordination, harmonization, and implementation of agricultural statistics in Malawi. The strategic master plan will be officially launched in a half-day event to be held in Lilongwe at the Crossroads Hotel, on September 24th, 2014. The launch will bring together policy >> Read more

Upcoming Launch of AgStats Strategic Master Plan

The agricultural statistics sub-sector has developed ‘The Agricultural Statistics Strategic Master Plan (SMP)’ in order to improve integration, coordination, harmonization, and implementation of agricultural statistics in Malawi. The SMP, to be formally launched soon, is expected to guide improvements in the quality, standards, accuracy, reliability, timely release, and accessibility of agricultural statistics. In addition, it >> Read more

Strengthening the Agricultural Statistics System

IFPRI has been working closely with the National Statics Office (NSO) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MoAFS) to strengthen agricultural statistics in Malawi. At the national level, the "Support to Agricultural Statistics in Malawi" program (AgStats) helped establish a functional Agricultural Statistics Forum (ASF) that brings together different stakeholders that generate national level >> Read more