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

Working Paper 14: Household resilience to drought: The case of Salima District in Malawi

This study identifies factors that affect resilience to drought among smallholder farmers in Salima, one of the districts frequently affected by drought in Malawi. The study contributes to the existing literature by constructing a drought resilience index (DRI) and uses it to determine the effect of drought resilience on the welfare of farming households. Principal >> Read more

Bunda Grant Scheme Mentees Chosen

We are excited to announce this years recipients of the Bunda Grant Scheme mentorship program wherein IFPRI researchers support promising young master’s students at Bunda College (LUANAR) to refine and publish their research. The recipients and their research topics are as follows: Cuthbert Chirwa -- The Impact of farm income diversification on household welfare and poverty: evidence >> Read more

Working Paper 8: Modeling potential impacts of future climate change in Mzimba District Malawi, 2040-2070

Historical data in Malawi indicates there has been climate change in the past and that farmer households have been affected. Climate models predict further changes in precipitation and temperature over Malawi in the future. However, most studies to understand the impacts of climate change in Malawi have focused on ex post assessments of weather events. >> Read more

Working Paper 7: Spatial price integration among selected bean markets in Malawi: A threshold autoregressive model approach

This research examines the extent of market integration among different bean markets across Malawi. Market integration is an indicator that efficiency exists within the flow of information between markets. The study focused on beans as they are a cheap source of protein affordable by the majority of rural smallholder farmers. Market price data for beans was >> Read more

Bunda Grant Scheme

The Bunda Grant Scheme is a mentorship program wherein IFPRI researchers support promising young master’s students at Bunda College (LUANAR) to refine and publish their research. IFPRI researchers provide technical input on their research and a forum in which they can present and receive practical feedback from prominent practitioners in government and development agencies. Students >> Read more

Working Paper 5: The determinants and extent of crop diversification among smallholder farmers: A case study of Southern Province, Zambia

This study analyzed the determinants of crop diversification as well as the factors influencing the extent of crop diversification by smallholder farmers in Southern province. The study used secondary data from the Central Statistical Office of Zambia. Results from a double-hurdle model analysis indicates that landholding size, fertilizer quantity, distance to market, and the type >> Read more

Working Paper 4: Does irrigation have an impact on food security and poverty? Evidence from Bwanje Valley Irrigation Scheme in Malawi

The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of irrigation on household food security and poverty using a case study of Bwanje Valley Irrigation Scheme in Malawi. Data used in the analysis were collected from 412 households – 169 participants in the irrigation scheme and 243 non-participants. Due to the non-random selection of >> Read more