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Featured Resources: Week of August 14

Breastfeeding is a critical component of infant and young child feeding, providing protection against child morbidity and associated with enhanced human capital in adulthood. Support for breastfeeding is gaining momentum across the globe as highlighted during this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, which took place August 1 – 7. The Malawi Ministry of Health encouraged breast read more

Climate change and variability: What are the risks for nutrition, diets, and food systems?

By Jessica Fanzo, Rebecca McLaren, Claire Davis, and Jowel Choufani

The paper uses a food systems approach to analyze the bidirectional relationships between climate change and food and nutrition along the entire food value chain. It then identifies adaptation and mitigation interventions for each step of the food value chain to move toward a more climate-smart, nutrition-sensitive food system. The study focuses on poor rural farmers, a population especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change on nutrition, although we recognize that there are other vulnerable populations, including urban poor and rural populations working outside of agriculture. Although this report does not explicitly exclude overweight and obesity, it focuses primarily on undernutrition because this nutritional status is currently more prevalent than overnutrition among our target population.

Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme: Enhancing people’s resilience

Ethiopia is one of the poorest, most populous, and largest countries in Africa. It has suffered challenging conditions over the past several decades—such as the 1984 drought combined with civil war that resulted in a catastrophic famine. Over the years, Ethiopia has received a large share of Africa’s emergency food aid. In 2005, the Government read more

CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture Announces Inspire Challenges

Data is much more than simply information: in expert hands, it is intelligence. The rapid growth in processing power and global connectivity means we can now quickly collect, share and analyze enormous amounts of data and turn it into recommendations that can be of use to farmers and policymakers.

Call for applications: Rights and Resources Initiative conference

The Rights + Resources Initiative is hosting the "Reducing inequality in a turbulent world: Scaling up strategies to secure indigenous, community, and women’s land rights" conference in Stockholm, Sweden October 4 - 5, 2017. They just opened a call for applications to present in the conference's Innovation Zone - an area of the conference dedicated to read more

New study fills a knowledge gap on drivers of perceived land tenure security: Evidence from Ghana

Tenure security is believed to be critical in spurring agricultural investment and productivity. Yet what improves or impedes tenure security is still poorly understood. The new paper by Hosaena Ghebru and Isabel Lambrecht analyses the main factors associated with farmers’ perceived tenure security in Ghana.

Discussion Paper 1653: Does Providing Agricultural and Nutrition Information to Both Men and Women Improve Household Food Security? Evidence from Malawi

Malawi is among the countries in Africa south of the Sahara where millions of smallholder farmers rely on agriculture to ensure their families’ livelihoods, yet low land productivity, inadequate agricultural inputs, labor limitations, and erratic rains translate into widespread food shortages, hunger, and poverty. Particularly in Malawi, poverty, food insecurity, and undernutrition remain significant problems read more

Discussion Paper 1654: Limited Attention and Information Loss in the Lab-to-Farm Knowledge Chain: The Case of Malawian Agricultural Extension Programs

Agricultural extension plays a crucial role in promoting agricultural productivity, increasing food security, improving rural livelihoods, and promoting agriculture as an engine of economic growth in developing countries. Yet, for agricultural knowledge to move from theory into practice, or from lab to field, extension services provide a critical linkage directly to farmers. In a new read more

New publication from IFPRI’s Director General’s Office and the NSSP Office

The Director General’s Office and IFPRI’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) are pleased to announce the publication of the IFPRI Discussion Paper No. 01657 on “Integrating Environmental Considerations into the Agricultural Policy Process: Evidence from Nigeria”, co-authored by Suresh Chandra Babu, George Mavrotas and Nilam Prasai.

RESOURCE: Land Portal Foundation launches a country portfolio on Rwanda

Rwanda has made significant strides in rehabilitating its land governance system following colonialism, civil war, and genocide. The Land Portal Foundation has launched a portfolio on Rwanda to highlight the country's history and development. The portfolio includes several datasets from organizations including the FAO, World Bank, Transparency International, LandMark and more. Visitors can access data visualization read more