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Annual Report 2011

Effective governance is essential to eliminating poverty, hunger, and malnutrition; it makes those in positions of authority accountable and gives those in vulnerable positions a voice. IFPRI focuses not only on governance in terms of legislation and government processes but also regarding the quality and availability of extension services and incentives.

Key Research and Outcomes from 2011

  • Land governance is of particular concern in developing countries because it is a primary asset for smallholder farmers—and one that is frequently in jeopardy of disappearing for environmental, legal, and cultural reasons. In 2011, IFPRI and its partners implemented the Land Governance Assessment Framework in six pilot countries (Georgia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Africa). This diagnostic tool helps evaluate the legal framework surrounding land ownership with an eye toward reform.

  • China’s rapidly increasing engagement in Africa provides opportunities and challenges for food security, governance, and structural transformation, but information about these partnerships is limited. A 2011 IFPRI research project that aims to establish a better foundation for negotiation and policy dialogue between China and African countries began an evaluation of China’s overall approach to foreign aid as well as its engagement in industrial clusters and rural value chains in Ethiopia and Tanzania.