PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Mitigating Aflatoxin Consumption for Improving Child Growth in Eastern Kenya (MAICE)
What happens when you give the equivalent of one year’s household budget—no strings attached—to extremely poor people in rural Kenya? Will they use the money to purchase basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter? Or will they squander the money on alcohol and cigarettes or some other nonessential item or activity?
The latest issue of IFPRI’s Insights Magazine includes a feature article on how best to design safety net programs for the most vulnerable people. One approach it looks at is unconditional cash transfers.
A bi-coastal vizathon event
The following is a slightly modified version of a blog story that was originally published on Bread for the World’s Institute Notes.
Farming households are vulnerable to many types of shocks, including weather-related events such as droughts and floods as well as health-related risks such as illness. A wide range of financial products exist to help farmers manage their exposure to risk, build resiliency, and improve welfare. However, not all risk is created equal in the context of gender.
Why time matters in agriculture-nutrition pathways
*The following story by Sara Stevano, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Economics in SOAS, University of London and the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), was originally published on the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) website.
As climate change spurs increasingly unpredictable weather—such as droughts and floods—farmers find themselves on the defensive. Unpredictable weather wreaks havoc on both harvests and farmers, particularly smallholder farmers ill-equipped to absorb these weather-related shocks. Because of the inconsistent harvests due to such shocks, farmers are less likely to invest in productivity-enhancing technologies and often remain trapped in a cycle of poor harvests and persistent poverty.
The following post by IFPRI senior researcher Tim Thomas is part of an ongoing series of blog stories celebrating IFPRI’s 40th anniversary. Each story authored by current and former IFPRI research staff highlights a key research topic through the years from the personal perspective of the researcher.