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  • Publication - Project Memo

    Fully washed coffee exports in Rwanda: Market structure and policy implications (Project Memo)

    9 Feb 2016 | Rocco Macchiavello, Ameet Morjaria

  • Publication - Project Memo

    Financing the expansion and delivery of urban services (Project Memo)

    9 Feb 2016 | Mihaly Kopanyi

  • Blog post

    Sub-standard quality of fertilisers and hybrid seeds makes adoption of modern inputs unprofitable

    With the introduction of new technologies such as fertiliser and hybrid seeds, agricultural productivity has experienced an unprecedented rise in the past decades in almost all parts of the world. But not in Sub-Saharan Africa. This blog examines a recent IGC study examining the fertilisers available in Sub-Saharan Africa. It turns out that there is a huge variation in...

    21 Dec 2015 | Tessa Bold

  • Blog post

    Closing the gender gap: The face of women in farming

    Migration and remittance flows have radically altered the opportunities previously available to men and women to engage and participate in labour markets. Migrants workers, most commonly men searching for more lucrative jobs, send back remittances to households. In their absence, the emerging gaps in the labour markets are now increasingly being filled by...

    4 Nov 2015 | Sameeha Suraiya

  • Blog post

    Injecting science into the GMO debate

    Much of the policy discourse around GMOs and regulation continues to be fed by ideological posturing, not science. In this blog, Farria Naeem, IGC Country Economist in Bangladesh, calls for a greater commitment to understanding the science and evidence on GMOs and the role they could play resolving Bangladesh’s food-security challenges. One main reason behind the...

    18 Sep 2015 | Farria Naeem

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Low quality, low returns, low adoption

    The average quality of hybrid seeds and fertiliser is so poor that their adoption is not profitable at current prices, and this is a major reason why farmers in Uganda are not adopting modern agricultural inputs. Urea fertiliser, the most common type on the market, typically has 33% less nitrogen content compared to what is stated on the label. The average small...

    18 Sep 2015 | Tessa Bold, Kayuki Kaizzi, Jakob Svensson, David Yanagizawa-Drott

  • Event

    Agricultural input quality forum: New research, private sector solutions & policy directions

    Anyone interested in Ugandan agriculture knows that inputs sold across the country are often substandard. But conventional wisdom is intangible; policy needs a more concrete basis. New research presented at this event went beyond the anecdotes. It provided concrete evidence of the nature, scale, and implications of the quality problem in agricultural inputs. The first...

    16 September 2015

  • Project

    Coordinating farmers with cellphones: Technology innovation in livestock extension in Pakistan

    Summary Livestock agriculture accounts for twelve percent of GDP in Pakistan, and is a key growth sector for the rural poor, as in much of South Asia. However, the market for livestock faces many of the same imperfections in developing countries as do land or crop markets. We implemented in partnership with the Punjab Livestock and Dairy Department a data-driven, state...

    4 Sep 2015 | Ali Hasanain, Arman Rezaee, Yasir Khan

  • Project

    Barriers to market access for smallholder farmers

    In the face of growing food demands from a burgeoning population, East African grain markets are plagued by poor integration.  The symptoms of shallow markets can be seen across space (leading to highly variable prices that do not follow the Law of One Price) as well as across time (leading to prices that tend to be low when farmers are selling and high when they are...

    23 Jul 2015 | Craig McIntosh, Paul Gertler, Lauren Falcao Bergquist