“Little by little, the egg begins to walk”

Little by little

Attention to gender equality remains an important development goal highlighted in the United Nations MDGs. Closing gender gaps has been seen to contribute to women’s empowerment, as well as to improving productivity and increasing efficiency in general, improved outcomes for the next generation, and more representative decision making.  Motivations for closing the gender gap are >> Read more

Linking small dairy producers to dynamic markets: three business models from Kenya

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In November last year, the Livestock and Fish CGIAR Research Program commissioned an external evaluation of its value chain approach. One of the evaluators’ main concerns was that researchers spent their time analyzing how the livestock and fish value chains were working from an economics perspective but little work had been done on characterizing successful business >> Read more

Farmer-to-farmer extension approach in Malawi: a survey of lead farmers

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It’s been noticed that farmers learn best from their peers, or those of a slightly higher social status*. The objective of the study described in the recent World Agroforestry Center working paper “The Farmer-to-Farmer Extension Approach in Malawi: A Survey of Lead Farmers” by Stanley Khaila, Frank Tchuwa, Steven Franzel and Brent Simpson, was to >> Read more

From famine to feast in forty years: Policy matters

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The following post by IFPRI Director GeneralShenggen Fan was originally published in the Huffington Post. It is the first in a series of blog stories celebrating IFPRI’s 40th anniversary. In the mid-1970s, the outlook for food supplies around the world was grim. There were talks of "food triage"-- food-rich countries would decide which food-poor countries should get food, thereby dooming the >> Read more