The Economics of Agricultural Information for Smallholder Farmers

I would like to share with you all this blog post on Economics of Agricultural information for Smallholder Farmers that was published by GFAR . I strongly believe that most agriculturalists and development practitioners will find this material very useful

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The public sector has a crucial role in generating and making available agriculture-related information to smallholder farmers, argues Ajit Maru, GFAR’s Senior Knowledge Officer, but more research is needed on how this information is used and managed as these farmers transition to more market-oriented production.

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Agricultural Commodity Price Bulletins; Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique

Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) has released price bulletins for agricultural commodities for Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.

The bulletins for each country can be found here here and here

[Link] The New Global Hunger Index on Conflict and Hunger

Here is a link to a blog-post on Global Hunger Index by Lawrence Haddad. This post is especially important for those of you who have an interest in progress of nations in the “fight” against hunger.

Traditionally, the Global Hunger Index report tackles a specific topic each year. This year it tackles the impact of armed conflict on hunger. However, I would like to direct your attention to the new methodology that has been used to develop the 2015 report.

Happy reading!

The Unintended Effects of Food Security Policies: Managing Maize Markets in Malawi

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The International Food Policy Research Institute-Malawi Strategy Support Program has released a policy note on food security and maize markets in Malawi. Although the note discusses the specific case of Malawi, I believe it has implications for all developing countries where food price volatility and its resultant impacts on food security is a policy issue. Here is the policy note’s short abstract Continue reading The Unintended Effects of Food Security Policies: Managing Maize Markets in Malawi

A Critical look at Agricultural Technology Adoption: Definitional Issues

Traditionally, most agriculturists conducting agricultural technology adoption research use a very “loose definition” for a technology “adopter”. Generally, they define a technology adopter as anyone who reports that he is practicing a technology of the researchers’ interest at any level or scale. There are many problems that arise from defining a technology adopter this loosely; however in this article I will only highlight one. Continue reading A Critical look at Agricultural Technology Adoption: Definitional Issues