- Mar 12, 2013
From former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto to student activist Malala Yousufzai, Pakistani women from all backgrounds and age groups have been transforming the discourse of gender roles in Pakistani society.
And they are making a difference: in the midst of a changing political, social, and economic environment, political victories for women have been few but significant, including an Anti-Sexual Harassment Act, the creation of the National Commission on Status of Women, and a bill protecting women against domestic violence.
- Mar 1, 2013
3ie-IFPRI Seminar Series Continues
The seventh International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and IFPRI Impact Evaluation Seminar will be held on March 8 at 12:30 EST. Cyrus Samii of New York University will present on how two different strategies for promoting free democratic expression impacted the 2011 Liberian general election.
- Feb 15, 2013
The great hope that rose from the Arab awakening is being continually tested—not only by ongoing political unrest, but also by lesser known forces: volatile food prices and supplies, and grinding poverty. Translating hope to better lives rests on effective policy—and effective policy rests on access to adequate and accurate information, also in scarce supply in the region. For instance, only around half of the region’s countries make poverty figures publicly available, and the frequency and accuracy of those figures varies widely.
- Feb 14, 2013
Applied Microeconomics & Development Seminar Series Continues
The Applied Microeconomics & Development (AMD) Seminar Series will continue on February 21 at 12pm EST with a presentation by Petra Todd of the University of Pennsylvania. Todd will speak about the impact of three different performance incentives schemes using data from a social experiment conducted in Mexican high schools.
- Feb 12, 2013
Machines can do wonders for productivity, driving down the cost production and, ultimately, the consumer’s price for a given product.
- Feb 11, 2013
IFPRI’s Mark Rosegrant Remembers Robert E. Evenson, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Yale University
Bob Evenson died on February 2, 2013. Bob was one of three main mentors in my career, and probably the most influential, even though I never took a course from him. Writing a paper with him amounted to a full-scale seminar.
- Feb 8, 2013
International Consultation Highlights Need for Better Data, Information
While food price volatility has decreased since 2010, price spikes and unpredictable markets remain a significant threat to global food security. The uncertainty that stems from price volatility can cut into farmers’ profits and discourage long-term planning and investment, decreasing agricultural productivity. In turn, smaller harvests and lower food stocks can lead to further price increases and decreased availability of food, particularly for already vulnerable populations. But what is behind price volatility, and what can be done to control it?