IFPRI Insights: February 2018

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February 8, 2018
IFPRI Strategy Refresh: 2018-2020
Global, regional, and national food systems face major challenges and require fundamental transformations to sustainably feed the world. Our refreshed strategy responds to these challenges with research that drives the Institute’s efforts to reshape food systems and contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. (Read More)
Ghana’s Stately Cocoa: In a new book, The Cocoa Coast: The Board-Managed Cocoa Sector in Ghana, Shashidhara Kolavalli analyzes the sector's recent success under board management, which counters the common wisdom that liberalization is the best route to growth and development. (Book)
The Price Isn’t Right: Mahamadou Roufahi Tankari and Anatole Goundan study spatial price transmissions in millet in Niger, and recommend ways to mitigate price spikes in local food crops to ensure food security. (Article)
Making it Better: In Burkina Faso, Deanna Olney, conducts process evaluation strengthening the delivery, utilization and design of a nutrition-sensitive agriculture programme. (Article)
Road to Productivity: Achievement of agricultural development outcomes is closely linked to the agricultural advice provided by extension services in Malawi, find Catherine Ragasa and John Mazunda. (Article)
Greener Pastures: Land inheritance expectations lower youth migration to cities, argue Katrina Kosec, Hosaena Ghebru, Brian Holtemeyer, Valerie Mueller, and Emily Schmidt, in a study examining the effect of land access on youth employment and migration decision in Ethiopia. (Article)
IFPRI Nigeria's New Website: Find all the latest updates on our work toward strengthening evidence-based policy making in Nigeria and supporting the implementation of the country's national development plans on our revamped Nigeria country office website. (Website)
Cashing out on Food
Rising incomes in Ethiopia led to increases in consumption and purchases of higher-value foods like animal products and fruits and vegetables; but shifting diets could also contribute to overweight- and obesity-related problems in near future, find Bart Minten and Kalle Hirvonen. (Article)
Insuring Crops’ FuturePolicy makers, practitioners, and researchers from Bangladesh, India, and Nepal come together to share their experiences with agricultural insurance implementation in a regional dialogue organized by IFPRI and partners in Dhaka. (Blog)
Helping Farmers in Distress: To reduce growing agrarian distress across all the states in India, PK Joshi provides five recommendations ranging from increasing farm incomes to developing agri-infrastructure. (Blog)
Contracting Profits: Even though maize contract farming programs are intended to give a boost to smallholders, Catherine Ragasa and Isabel Lambrecht find they also place economic burdens, and require reforms to be profitable for Ghanaian maize farmers. (Blog)
Politics in the Time of Cholera: After years of giving street vendors free rein, the Zambian government cracked down to stem a cholera epidemic—sparking riots, and removing a crucial source of income and food for many of Lusaka's poor, writes Danielle Resnick. (Blog)
There are four central challenges [in agriculture and livestock management] that must be reconciled with each other: food security; improvement of livelihoods; protection of resources and climate; and betterment of animal health and welfare.

Friedrich Wacker, Head, Directorate on International Cooperation, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Germany (Video)
We have 12 years left of Sustainable Development Goals. Let’s make this the only decade of action on nutrition that we need.

Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg distinguished associate professor, Global Food and Agricultural Policy and Ethics, Johns Hopkins University (Video)
 Investment for Nutrition
(Event Partner: UNSCN)
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Washington, DC

 Advancing Research (and Policy) on Nutrition and Agriculture
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Washington, DC
 Managing Natural Resources for Sustainable Production Systems: 
A Research Agenda at the Crossroads

(Event Partner: CGIAR ISPC & CGIAR Research Program on PIM)
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Washington, DC

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