IFPRI Insights: April 2018

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April 5, 2018
Fertilizing Competition
Increased competition in the fertilizer industry in Africa, can benefit prices and fertilizer uptake, and ultimately rural incomes, argues Manuel A. Hernandez. Policies promoting competition should be complemented by institutional reforms and broader investments in infrastructure. (Read More)
Food Aid Reduces Child Stunting: Tubaramure, a food-assisted integrated health and nutrition program, had the greatest impact in reducing child stunting in Burundi when food assistance was provided from conception to a child’s second birthday, find Jef Leroy, Deanna Olney and Marie Ruel. (Article)
Fueling Corruption: Jordan Kyle outlines how local corruption in Indonesia increases citizens' resistance to reforms of fiscally and environmentally disastrous fuel subsidies (Article)
You're Hired: Structural changes in Tanzania have enabled the recent rapid labor productivity growth, led by jobs creation in small informal firms in the manufacturing and services, find Xinshen Diao and Margaret McMillan. (Article)
Conflict and Hunger: The World Food Program's food assistance program in Mali creates a protective effect among food insecure people in conflict environments, according to research from Aulo Gelli and Lilia Bliznashka.  (Article)
Emissions Possible 

In an analysis of Ethiopia’s current energy demand and sector-wise forecasts out to 2030, Md Alam Hossain Mondal, Elizabeth Bryan, Claudia Ringler, Dawit Mekonnen, and Mark Rosegrant examine scenarios to improve energy equity and sustainability. Models showed adoption of improved cookstoves can greatly reduce the country's carbon emissions, compared to current energy consumption trends. (Read More)
IFPRI Headquarters Move Complete Soon
Effective, April 16, 2018 IFPRI-Washington staff will now be housed under one roof. After a year of working from different buildings, the rest of the IFPRI family in Washington will move to our new headquarters at 1201 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 USA.
IFPRI Egypt's New Website
Find all the latest updates on our work toward strengthening evidence-based policy making, implementing research, and building capacity in Egypt and the Arab world. (Website)
Look to the Youth: Guest blogger, Kanayo F. Nwanze argues Africa's youth bulge provides a potential economic and social boon, but realizing these benefits in agriculture will require removing the barriers young people face in education, access to credit, and access to information (Blog)
From the Ground Up: In Africa south of the Sahara, write Hua Xie and Claudia Ringler, groundwater-fed irrigation can be a promising, nature-based solution to reduce the number of people at risk of hunger under growing climate variability and change. (Blog)
Boys, Interrupted: In a new study of a school improvement program in the Philippines, Futoshi Yamauchi and Yanyan Liu analyze why female students experienced benefits to both their education and their later participation in the workforce, while boys witnessed declines in both(Blog)
Toiling Over Soil: Vartika Singh and Sujata Ganguly redesign India’s new Soil Health Cards, containing soil test results and crop-wise recommendations of nutrients and fertilizers, to simplify the contents and make them farmer-friendly. (Blog)
 What [improving the economic plight of cocoa farmers] requires is a system change, and a returning of power back to producing countries.”Simran Sethi, Fellow, Institute for Food and Development Policy (Video)
“If countries retaliate up to the maximum allowed by the World Trade Organization rules, that could lead to a decline in global trade of 10 percent—as large as the decline during the Great Recession.”- Shanta Devarajan, Acting Chief Economist and Senior Director for Development Economics (DEC), World Bank Group (Video)
 “We have decided it is finally time we must focus on farmers and farmers’ distress. That’s a real issue which is beginning to haunt us... and [the issue is] so amazingly complex.”-Rajiv Kumar,Vice Chairperson, NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), Government of India (Video
 Tales of yield improvement: Where we stand and where we need to go
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Washington, DC

 IFPRI's Global Food Policy Report 2018: Geneva
(Event Partner: UNCTAD)
Monday, April 16, 2018

Geneva, Switzerland

 Washington, DC Launch: 2018 Global Report on Food Crises
(Event Partner: Food Security Information Network)
Friday, April 27, 2018

Washington, DC

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