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The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy recently released its annual report covering research and activities progress over the past year. The overall goal of the FSP program is to promote inclusive agricultural productivity growth, improved nutritional outcomes, and enhanced livelihood resilience for men and women through improved policy environments. The goal will be achieved by fostering credible, inclusive, transparent and sustainable policy processes at country and regional levels and filling critical policy evidence gaps.
Authors: Amparo Palacios-Lopez, Luc Christiaensen, Talip Kilic
Author(s):Johnson, Nancy L.; Kovarik, Chiara; Meinzen-Dick, Ruth Suseela; Njuki, Jemimah; Quisumbing, Agnes R.
Instrumental variable evidence from Uganda
The role of gender in adoption of orange sweet potato in Uganda
This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) baseline survey results, summarizing both findings from the WEAI survey and the relationships between the WEAI and various outcomes of interest to the US Government’s Feed the Future initiative. These poverty, health, and nutrition outcomes include both factors that might affect empowerment and outcomes that might result from empowerment.
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Reducing poverty and hunger through food policy research
In its first year, the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) took many steps to lay the groundwork for improved global health and nutrition in the future. Our initial work focused on solidifying critical partnerships, establishing a management structure that will provide external guidance and advice, developing our partnership and gender strategies, and planning for exciting new research initiatives in our four program areas.
Agriculture is essential to the economies of East African countries. Climate change, with its effects on temperature and precipitation, threatens this important economic activity.
In developing countries, all too often policies formulated in response to high food prices are inspired by ideology instead of evidence-based policy research. We look at the immediate effects of these shocks faced by households in Uganda on their poverty and well-being. In addition, we look at the economywide impact in the long run when all markets have settled at a new equilibrium. We find that in the short run, poverty has increased substantially.
Malaria is still largely considered a health issue, and almost all interventions have a health focus (key interventions include insecticide treated bed nets and anti-malaria medication), even though those most at risk of malaria spend much of their daylight hours in agriculture and related activities.
As the magnitude and scope of the AIDS epidemic grew during the 1990s, it transformed the international development landscape: HIV/AIDS became a global development issue with socioeconomic implications for livelihoods, rather than an isolated health issue. In response to this crisis, the Regional Network on AIDS, Livelihoods, and Food Security (RENEWAL) was officially launched in 2001 as a joint project of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR).
The food price crisis of 2007–2008 and recent resurgence of food prices have focused increasing attention on the causes and consequences of food price volatility in international food markets and the developing world, particularly in Africa south of the Sahara. In this paper, we examine the patterns and trends in food price volatility using an unusually rich database of African staple food prices. We find that international grain prices have become more volatile in recent years (2007–2010) but no evidence that food price volatility has increased in the region.
*Economywide perspectives from country studies *
The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) is a new survey-based index designed to measure the empowerment, agency, and inclusion of women in the agricultural sector. The WEAI was initially developed as a tool to reflect women’s empowerment that may result from the United States government’s Feed the Future Initiative, which commissioned the development of the WEAI. The WEAI can also be used more generally to assess the state of empowerment and gender parity in agriculture, to identify key areas in which empowerment needs to be strengthened, and to track progress over time.
A global review of the literature with a focus on the application of integrated pest and vector management in East Africa and Uganda
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Lilian, a member of the Langi tribe, is 30 years old and lives with her husband of 17 years, Wilson, and their five children in the Lango region of northern Uganda. Her family lives in one of the village’s nicer dwellings: a grass-thatched hut with four rooms made from unburned clay blocks, a floor made from cow dung and soil, and a pit latrine. The family uses firewood for cooking and kerosene lamps for light.