Thursday, June 10, 2010

What IFPRI has been doing

They've been very busy at IFPRI recently....

The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) is a new data base with some two dozen indicators regarding African agriculture, designed at the request of NEPAD. Immediately from the home page you can generate many comparative maps on GDP, poverty, hunger like the one below showing that they now estimate 90% of the adult population of the Democratic Republic of Congo are hungry.

Ghana has a goal: "In the past five years, Ghana has experienced fairly high levels of poverty-reducing growth, and the country has set 2015 as a target date to achieve middle-income status." They are already classified as lower-middle and are about half-way to upper-middle status.

IFPRI has a useful report out on Gender and Governance in Rural Services in India, Ethiopia, and Ghana. It looks at women's access to agricultural extension and water supplies. Each country has a very different system in place, with different pros, cons, and different recommendations for what to do next. Available for free online, but you can only print 1-2 pages at a time.

A number of PowerPoints on mitigatingclimate change through agriculture came from a meeting last week in Bonn. Includes a proposed study on Payment for Environmental Services to reduce livestock-land degradation cycles. Another paper finds that rural people living near national parks in Costa Rica and Thailand are doing better financially than rural people who are further away from them, largely as a result of new jobs in conservation and ecotourism.

They are releasing a new dataset on chronic poverty in Bangladesh using both qualitative and quantitative panel data on 2000 households. Other papers on Bangladeshi poverty and food security that came out quite recently include:
Agricultural marketing, price stabilization, value chains, and global/regional trade
Cross-cutting issues: Governance and gender
Food utilization and nutrition security
Growth and development potential of livestock and fisheries in Bangladesh
Income growth, safety nets, and public food distribution
Investing in crop agriculture in Bangladesh for higher growth and productivity, and adaptation to climate change

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