E.Hermanowicz (Bioversity International)

Photo E.Hermanowicz (Bioversity International)

Measuring food loss and waste

By Sara Gustafson The global food system puts significant pressure on the world’s natural resources and is a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, a large amount of the food produced by this system is either lost or wasted each year, lowering overall productivity and hurting both producers and consumers. According… Read more »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

Photo N.Palmer (CIAT)

Market StructureData Is the Global Seed Industry Investing in Smallholders? A New Report Measures Private Sector Engagement

By: Sara Gustafson, IFPRI Improved seed varieties that are more resistant to heat, drought, and pests and disease can help farmers increase their crop yields and adapt to the effects of climate change. However, smallholder farmers often do not use improved seeds, because of prohibitively high costs, a lack of access to seed dealers, or… Read more »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

Photo N.Palmer (CIAT)

Adapting and implementing Fomento in Africa: Learning through a partners workshop

The following post, written by Kate Ambler, Alan de Brauw, Susan Godlonton, and Anna Vanderkooy from IFPRI’s Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, is the first in a series of researcher-authored blog stories highlighting ongoing applied microeconomics research at IFPRI. Learning through randomized control trials can be an ongoing process, and it does not stop at the conclusion of the study. In October,… Read more »

S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Photo S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Are there nutritional tradeoffs in increasing women’s time in agriculture?

The following post by IFPRI collaborator Hitomi Komatsu was originally published on the Agrilinks site. Malnutrition is a severe problem, especially in poor households in developing countries.  Many families are not well nourished because they do not have access to nutritious and diverse diets. Studies have shown that one way to improve nutrition among rural households is… Read more »

S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Photo S.Kilungu (CCAFS)

Can linking social protection and agriculture end extreme poverty?

By Peter Shelton Social protection programs−broadly defined as initiatives offering cash or in-kind assistance to the poor−have expanded rapidly in recent decades, now covering an estimated two billion people living in developing countries. Such broad coverage, which accounts for roughly one-third of the total population living in these countries, has contributed to a dramatic decline… Read more »


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New study links poverty to heightened levels of aflatoxin exposure

 by kkeeton Many of the foods people depend on most for their sustenance, especially in low and middle income countries, can carry a silent killer: aflatoxins. These naturally occurring fungal toxins contaminate food crops, such as maize, groundnuts, tree nuts, and a range of other produce, and unfortunately, are not always easily detectable. Even if consumed… Read more »

N.palmer (CGIAR)

Photo N.palmer (CGIAR)

Small Farmers in Africa Will Experience the Worst of Climate Change

Smallholders with less than five acres produce much of the world’s food and are at the greatest risk of losing crops because of the changing environment. By Tove Danovich (a journalist based in New York City) Spoiler alert: Climate change is going to be rough on agriculture. As a recent report by Agriculture for Impact found, “hunger… Read more »

C.Schubert (CCAFS)

Photo C.Schubert (CCAFS)

Participation and randomized control trials: Can we measure how much participation matters?

By Allan De Brauw  Participation is a prerequisite for development projects to have positive effects on the lives of the poor; without participation, it is unlikely that programs will have any positive impacts.  The level of participation almost certainly also affects positive outcomes from development interventions, and if that variation in outcomes by participation level can be… Read more »